I didn't realise that there was negative news on the Northern Mockingbird in Exmouth this morning so when I had a mega alert on Birdguides saying "Northern Mockingbird, Pulborough, West Sussex" I thought someone had clicked the wrong button. Fast forward a few minutes and there it was a photo of the bird in a back garden in Pulborough. News was the bird had flown off down the River Arun, an hour or so later, Dave Sadler relocated the bird close to where it was found.
I was one of the first on site following in the footsteps of Dave Sadler, Brian Cox and Matt Phelps. Upon arrival the bird was perched in a small bush and showed really well for 10 minutes before it flew a short way down the river bank to a log pile. The bird then favoured this area for the rest of the time I was on site and showed really well to the ever-growing crowd.
Its remarkable that after departing Exmouth that this bird was found again so quickly and maybe even more unlikely that it turned up in Sussex of all places. An afternoon that will live long in the memory!
|Northern Mockingbird at Pulborough|