Amberley Wildbrooks

The only birding I managed this weekend was a short trip in the morning to Rackham Plantation to look over Amberley Wildbrooks. There was a lot of water around, and it's great to see the duck and geese numbers rising now. Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler were all accounted, and there were plenty of Lapwing too. Distantly I made out two smaller grey geese that appeared darker and which I suspected were White-fronted Geese, but they were too distant to be certain. I repositioned myself and when I set my scope up there was a Brent Goose in the same area. A nice addition to my Amberley list. After further study of the grey geese I was happy with the ID of White-fronted Geese. They were the right size and had the dark belly markings. I only saw a hint of white around the bill, but this was possibly covered by dirt from feeding. Alas, I didn't see the male Hen Harrier that's been around. There was a raptor perched up near to the geese, which I'm almost certain was a Peregrine, but apart from that I saw no other raptors. Siskin were heard on the walk down and the jipp jipp call of a Crossbill overhead was a nice record, but I didn't see how many there were. 

White-fronted Goose and Brent Goose

White-fronted Geese


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