Amberley Wildbrooks and Hails View

A blustery but thoroughly enjoyable walk across Amberly Wildbrooks this afternoon produced c100 Coot, 10 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, hundreds or Wigeon and Teal, c40 Common Gulls, 2 Grey Herons, and a Barn Owl hunting. Over the Rackham side were a huge flock or Lapwing, perhaps a thousand strong, and a few Red Kites and Buzzards, but no harriers seen here today. I've not seen many Fieldfares recently and today I spotted just one where there were hundreds a couples of months back. Also just a single Redwing seen. Other notable sightings were singing Greenfinch, 2 each of Reed Bunting and Stonechat, and 25 Mute Swans.

The cloud cover allowed for an afternoon visit to Hails View, the backlighting of the sun usually making it difficult. Here were the Hen Harrier, a Raven, 2 Dunlin, a Ruff being chased half the length of the reserve on foot by a Lapwing, and lots of Black-tailed Godwits, but no sign of the White-fronted Geese.

Wigeon

Common Gulls

Reed Bunting

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