The Burgh and Waltham Brooks

It was a fine afternoon for a walk up the Burgh, which is sadly looking more and more desolate due to intesive farming practices. Today there was a field lined with some form or trap that I'm sure snares all sorts of wildlife. There was also a lot of shooting and a patrol of betweeded men in 4x4s. It doesnt appear to be bothering the Common Gulls, though, of which there are good numbers, perhaps approaching a hundred. It wasn't a great trip raptor-wise, Amberley seems to have the best of the raptors at the moment. I noticed at least 4 Buzzards, 2 Red Kites and 2 Kestrels, but no harriers today. I recorded a flock of c18 Linnet, loads of Chaffinch and Pied Wagtails, and a few Reed Buntings. Along Peppering Lane there was a flock of about 10 Grey Partridge.

Kestrel

Common Gull

Starling

Goldfinch

Buzzard


Rat or squirrel trap?

On the way home from the Burgh I drove passed Waltham Brooks. There is now a large congregation of birds on the flooded fields north of Greatham Bridge (apparently referred to as "Widney Brooks"). Amongst the huge flock of Canada Geese were a few Greylag Geese, 4 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shelduck, about 20 Tufted Ducks and a similar number of Gadwall, good numbers of Lapwing and Starling, a few Teal, Shoveler and Wigeon, 2 Grey Herons and 5 Little Egrets.

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