Pulborough Brooks and Amberley Wildbrooks

My first trip to Pulborough in a couple of weeks and a chance to test out my shiny new wellies. I was expecting a lot of water after seeing pictures on Twitter from other regulars, and there it was when I arrived at the visitor centre. Being preoccupied with the water I almost missed the huge flock of Lapwing spread across the sky. There could have been as much as a thousand. I suspected there was a Pergrine about. The trip was characterised by frequent heavy rain showers, so I was rushing between hides. At West Mead there were 2 Peregrines and a flock of c35 Graylag Geese, but not much else of note. At Winpenny a Marsh Harrier came over the river bank to the right of the hide, sending up a lot of the Teal, and the long-staying Barnacle Goose was with some Canada Geese. On the North Brooks of note were 2 Shelduck, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe and a loads of Black-tailed Godwits.

North Brooks

Teal

Shelduck

Black-tailed Godwit

The showers continued into the early afternoon, but eventually subsided towards the end of my trip to Amberley Wildbrooks. Here around the swamp were a few Common Gulls and a screaming Water Rail. The river is less than a metre from its banks and this is attracting a lot of wildfowl and, subsequently, raptors. Red Kites were a constant presence and giving very close views. I counted 6  at one time. There were a few Marsh Harriers, Buzzards and Kestrels about. I was keeping an eye out for Hen Harrier and thought I might not see one until right at the end 2 were hunting in the same area. Other than that, the usual suspects of Redwing, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting and Stonechat made for an all round decent birding trip.

River Arun and Amberley

Grey Heron

Song Thrush, Fieldfare and Redwing

Buzzard

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