Bird Survey

River Rother Bird Survey

As an angler you probably enjoy the birdlife that you observe during those occasional ‘quieter’ fishing moments. The Sussex Ornithological Society conduct a couple of brief surveys each year on several sections of the Rother including our Coultershaw stretch. These are only brief ‘snapshots’ but they reveal that we can boast over 60 species – no doubt other species can be observed at other times of year. The species identified in recent Surveys were……..

Blackbird Blackcap Blue Tit Bullfinch Canada Goose
Carrion Crow Chaffinch Chiffcaff Coal Tit Collared Dove
Cormorant Coot Cuckoo Dunnock Willow Warbler
Gadwall Robin Goldcrest Goldfinch Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit Greenfinch Mistle Thrush Grey Heron Greylag Goose
Grey Wagtail House Martin House Sparrow Jay Garden Warbler
Kingfisher Lapwing Kestrel Linnet Long-tailed Tit
Magpie Mallard Mandarin Marsh Tit Green Woodpecker
Moorhen Mute Swan Nightingale Nuthatch Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail Redshank Woodpigeon Reed Bunting Red-Legged Partridge
Rook Sand Martin Sedge Warbler Shelduck Shoveler
Skylark Snipe Song Thrush Starling Spotted Flycatcher
Stock Dove Swallow Swift Teal Treecreeper
Tufted Duck Turtle Dove Whitethroat Pheasant Fieldfare
Wren Yellowhammer Yellow Wagtail Barn Owl Little Egret
Jackdaw Sparrowhawk Buzzard Merlin Black Swan
Green Sandpiper Egyptian Goose Redwing Red Kite

How many of these have you spotted on your trips to the Rother, quite a few no doubt. The Barn Owl, Little Egret, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were all added to the list by Members. The latest additions to this list are a Merlin spotted by Peter Springate at Shopham and more recently a Red Kite spotted at Coates Castle by keen birder Colin Bridger who has submitted several to the list. Please let us know if you see any other species ( with date and site ) and we will add them to our list. Contact the Webmaster using the link on the left.

Many of our Members are keen ornithologists, to read what we hope is the first of many articles submitted by one of our more knowledgable Members please click HERE.