Amberley Wildbrooks

From Greatham I headed to Rackham Plantation. Amberley Wildbrooks was again busy with wildfowl. Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and even Pintail were present. Lapwing were also in good numbers and it was a nice surprise to see c100 Black-tailed Godwits. The 2 White-fronted Geese were spotted, one if which had no white blaze, and after conferring with Matt I think this makes it a juvenile and, therefore, means they're a different pair to the October pair at Pulborough. Gulls were present jn high numbers with a couple of hundred Black-headed Gulls close to Rackham and a flock of many hundred more distantly, which I think also contained some Common Gulls. Rather remarkably not a single raptor was seen here today, and I wondered whether the lack of wind or thermals keeps them closer to their roost sites. 

White-fronted Geese and Pintail

White-fronted Geese and Pintail

Lapwing

Black-tailed Godwit


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