Waltham Brooks

The list filled rapidly the moment I got out of the car at Greatham Bridge first things this morning. Water Rails were screeching away and continued to be heard throughout the trip, with at least 4 recorded. Redwing, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtails and distant wildfowl were all involved in the welcome chorus. Stock Dove, Song Thrush and Dunnock were all in song, and a few Siskin and possibly a Chiffchaff were heard calling. Canada Geese made up the majority of birds on the lagoon, with Mallard also in large numbers, whilst Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall and 5 Mute Swans made up the rest. Scanning Amberley from the river bank was fruitless bar a few Meadow Pipits nearby, but as I headed back along the river a Red Kite headed north over my head. There was no sign of the Goosander I hoped for, but recalling an almost identical scenario from a couple of winter's ago (Feb '19) a message came through from Matt that one had just flown over Pulborough. Back at Greatham Bridge I scanned across Widney Brooks where a single Lapwing was spotted. A raptor that came soaring over and turned out to be a Marsh Harrier was the final bird on the list.

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Marsh Harrier


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