Amberley Wildbrooks, The Burgh, and Waltham Brooks

First thing this morning I parked up in Amberley village and headed towards the entrance to the Wey South Path. There was a sign on the gate that read "Deer culling in progress", and so I didn't hold out hope for a decent raptor watch. Despite this, there were clear blue skies and I ended up recording 41 species. Of note were at least 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Snipe and a Cetti's Warbler around the swamp, a Barn Owl flushed along the path by the kissing gate, and many many gulls, amongst which were at least 10 Common Gulls.

After lunch I popped up to the The Burgh. A bitter wind accompanied the sunshine as I walked from Canada Barn to Peppering Hill Barn. Apart from many Kestrels, raptors were hard to come by on the outward trip, and reports from other birders didn't leave me hopeful. However, there was a Sparrowhawk at the barn and lots of Red Kites around. Along the return track were many Chaffinches, a few Song Thrushes and Fieldfare, and a single Reed Bunting. As I headed back up the hill towards Canada Barn a raptor skirted the hedgeline close to the path, and as it came into view I noticed it was a ringtail Hen Harrier. I watched it rise and fall as it headed off into the distance. Other notable sightings were many Common Gulls and Pied Wagtails.


Song Thrush

Chaffinch (female)


Common Gull

Common Gull

Hen Harrier

On the way back from The Burgh I dropped into Waltham Brooks to see if there was much on the water, but despite the increased levels there was just the normal ducks about, whilst over the river on the Amberley side there was a Marsh Harrier.

Waltham Brooks


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