Waltham Brooks and Amberley Wildbrooks

 Arriving at Greatham Bridge first thing this morning Widney Brooks was packed with wildfowl. Hundreds of geese were grazing on the distant fields with at least 7 of the White-fronted Geese amongst them. There were probably the full 15 as first spotted by Juliet and Chris yesterday, impressively all the way from Pulborough Brooks visitor centre, but my view was obscured. A large group of ducks comprising Wigeon, Teal and Pintail were also present and were flushed by a cream-capped Marsh Harrier. A single Shelduck was also spotted and later seen flying over towards Amberley. There were Fieldfare calling in the trees as I stepped into Waltham Brooks and a single Lapwing called as it flushed from the flooded field. The lagoon held Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and some smart looking Shoveler. Up on the river bank I spotted a Red Kite over Amberley. Once I'd arrived back at Greatham Bridge all the geese had gone from Widney Brooks. 


Waltham Brooks

I made my way slowly to Rackham checking out the fields along the way. A Little Egret and Grey Heron were feeding in some straw with some cattle, and in the field opposite Bridge Cottages there were 17 Egyptian Geese. 

There were a lot of Redwing around as I walked through Rackham Woods, and viewing Amberley Wildbrooks I noted 4 Ruff amonst the many Lapwing, including the leusistic type, and 2 Marsh Harriers hassling the ducks. 2 Buzzards, a Red Kite, and 2 Common Gulls were also noted. Back on Greatham Road I found a Firecrest. 

Amberley Wildbrooks



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