Amberley Wildbrooks

A lovely evening and a pleasing walk through Amberley Wildbrooks produced some good birds, starting with a Red Kite and a large number of House Martins above the village. I count 50+ House Martins but there could have been three times that much. A Buzzard was calling and soaring, and a tatty pale Buzzard gave some nice views for pictures.

Along the river bank I noted Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Reed Buntings, and flying low over the river the iridescent orange and blue of a Kingfisher, which was in a moment joined by another, both calling noisily as they skirted the river bank low to the water. 

I stood for a moment and watched a flock of passerines make their way through the trees, and amongst them found a Lesser Whitethroat.
Lesser Whitethroat

Along the Wey South Path looking over to the abattoir, 4 Wheatear and a Whinchat were perched here and there. A single Stonechat was perched at the edge of the wood.
4 Wheatear and a Whinchat

On the walk back, I could make out some movement on the ground between some sedge, and peering through saw a Marsh Harrier, apparently feeding. I tried to creep up slowly for a picture but it flushed and went off fast.
Amberley Wildbrooks
Amberley Wildbrooks
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