Wey South Path: Amberley to Pulborough

A pleasant four mile walk across the Arun Brooks today following the Wey South Path and encompassing Amberley Wildbrooks, Waltham Brooks, Widney Brooks and Pulborough. I managed 48 species today. When I did this walk in May last year I got 57 species. Total species for the two walks combined is 73 showing the variation in species between the seasons. Today, under the castle at Amberley, were c100 Common Gulls, about 40 Coot, a few Wigeon and Lapwing, and a Water Rail was calling in the swamp. Out over the brooks I counted at least 7 Red Kites, a Buzzard, a Hen Harrier, about 200 Lapwing, and I flushed 3 Snipe as I walked through the wet wood. Through Glebe and Quell Farms I saw most the thrushes, it being particularly good for Redwing around here, with a few Fieldfare and Song Thrush, and a Mistle Thrush too. On Widney Brooks (north of Greatham Bridge) were 2 Little Egrets (seems to be good for them here at the moment) a large flock of Rooks and 2 Gadwall. Along the path through the withybed I had a Kestrel, and I'm sure I flushed a Sparrowhawk, but it was too quick. Between Hardham Priory and Stopham there were a few Bullfinch around the railway footbridge, 2 more Mistle Thrush at the treatment works, and 4 Buzzards soaring together over Stopham.

Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Wigeon and Lapwing

Grey Heron

Teal and Wigeon on the river



Mistle Thrush


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