Amberley Wildbrooks

I parked up in Amberley village and as I sat in the car finishing my coffee i made out 2 raptors being harrassed by Black-headed Gulls. By the time I got my bins up only one was visible. It made a steep dive towards a tree and seemed to attempt to catch a small passerine which managed to escape. I suspect it was a Merlin but I didn't get good enough views. As I departed the village along the Wey South Path I spotted a Red Kite, and then at on the river bank I saw another or the same one perched on a post, and a Peregrine nearby on the deck, presumably resting after a meal. I spotted 2 Kestrels perched together as I walked along to the swamp area, and there was a lot of Fieldfare around, possibly as many as 100, and a good few Redwing, too. I flushed 6 Snipe from the deck, which was a nice surprise, although that pleasure was probably all mine.  2 noisy Buzzards were on the other side of the river, and a Sparrowhawk was raising alarm calls from the Long-tailed Tits as it sat perched in a tree. I waded up to the wet wood area and the sound of the winter thrushes was a constant; there could have been as many as 200 around. Of the rest, I counted c60 Lapwing, 6 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Jays and a Kingfisher.

Fieldfare

Amberley Wildbrooks

Red Kite

Peregrine

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