Amberley Wildbrooks

An early morning visit to Amberley Wildbrooks was rewarded with excellent bird watching, starting with 2 Little Ringed Plovers in the field under the castle, a new addition to my Amberley list. I wonder if they will breed there. Keeping with breeding waders, there were at least 6 Lapwing around, displaying and seeing off their foes, and Redshank could he heard singing, but weren't seen. Along the path past Middle Gutter was my first Willow Warbler of the year, in pretty much the same spot as last year. Also to my delight a Nightingale was singing a bit further up as the track bends left, not in the same spot as seen the previous 2 years but not too far away. On the river I was surprised to see a pair of Garganey, another first for my Amberley list, with the male snoozing until I got close, when they both glided off. I'm not sure if they breed on rivers but they were certainly a couple. I think they favour still water so perhaps still looking for a good spot. There were also singing Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and, for me one of the more unusual bird songs, a Grasshopper Warbler. There were in fact 2 groppers one in a different spot to last year. All in all a much needed uplift in these difficult times.

Little Ringed Plover

Willow Warbler

Garganey

Stonechat


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