Amberley Wildbrooks

Red Kite

After the heavy rain this morning there was much more water over Amberley this afternoon, but the Wey Wouth Path is still easily passable. There's huge numbers of Wigeon around, feeding under the castle, on the river, and often moving about in large flocks, their calls a constant presence. Also under the castle today was a single Black-tailed Godwit, 7 or so Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, and a few Commons Gulls. Much fewer Coot today with just 4 noted. It was a decent afternoon for raptors, despite there being no harriers. A Red Kite gave nice close views and I later discovered five roosting in a tree over towards Waltham Brooks. Other raptors were 2 Buzzards, a single Merlin briefly, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, and a Peregrine. Occasionally huge flocks or Lapwing and Starling would be spread across the sky over Rackham. Other highlights today were 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Bullfinches, a Raven and 2 Egyptian Geese. 

Lapwing and Starling

Red Kites

Raven

Kestrel

Buzzard

Buzzard

Red Kite

Red Kite


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