Amberley Wildbrooks

It was an early start on a frosty morning. As I was scanning the many wildfowl on the water under the castle a single Bewick's Swan came gliding across the water into view. It was calling frequently, a short deep honk, a sound I haven't heard before. I was intrigued as to its origin because the only Bewick's in Sussex has been the ten seen regularly at Burpham. However, after about 15 minutes a formation on 9 Bewick's Swans came over my head from the Rackham direction. The lonesome swan took off and joined it's friends as they headed off in Burpham direction.

Bewick's Swan

Bewick's Swan

Bewick's Swan

Up on the river bank huge numbers of ducks and geese could be seen on the northwest portion of the reserve. My optics were constantly fogging up today, but I noted one or two Pintail amongst the ducks. A cream-capped Marsh Harrier glided over making everything nervous, and a group of 10 Meadow Pipits were feeding along the river bank. A few Redwing and Fieldfare were conspicuous by their calls. Unsurprisingly, following all the rain, the Wey South Path is now flooded, and I didn't walk all the way to the wet wood. A Merlin was perched on a fence post near the abattoir again. Back through the wooded area Bullfinch calls could heard, and a female was spotted. A little further along a Goldcrest sang briefly. Under the castle now were c60 Common Gulls. 

Merlin

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Common Gulls

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