Pulborough Brooks, Amberley Wildbrooks, Waltham Brooks and Widney Brooks

Not many opportunities for photographs today, but the birdwatching was very enjoyable. At Hails View this morning I didnt catch most of today's star Pulborough species (perhaps still too much water here for the Redshank) but a distant ringtail Hen Harrier and a singing Reed Bunting made for an enjoyable trip.

I dropped into Rackham Plantation, sticking to the lower viewpoint. Here there were a large number of wildfowl with probably Pintail in the highest proportion. A Buzzard was giving a ringtail Hen Harrier a hard time on the narrow strip of grass remaining above water, and my first Chiffchaff of the year was singing. On the way back to the car I was sure I saw a Firecrest and heard a Marsh Tit, however I wasnt 100% on either so didn't record them.

Late afternoon I headed to Waltham Brooks for probably the most interesting trip of the day, where between Waltham and Widney Brooks notable records were a sjngle Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, a Little Grebe, c100 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, a good few hundred Black-headed Gulls and 3 Red Kites.

Hails View

Black-headed Gulls

Long-tailed Tit

Pintail

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