Amberley Wildbrooks

I managed just over an hour at Amberley Wildbrooks this morning in the -7 wind chill. The water has receded considerably, and what remains is, of course, frozen. Ice shelves have been created along the brooks where the water levels have decreased since the freeze. Under the castle the wildfowl were congregated on the only unfrozen part of the water. It made it easier to count the Coot and today there were 64, quite a big increase on previous visits, but it is difficult to know whether these are all local or have come from elsewhere. A couple of Pintail were amongst them. A few Common Gulls and Black-headed Gulls were around, but nowhere near the numbers of recent visits. The river was packed with ducks, mainly Wigeon but with a few Pintail and Teal amongst them. A Peregrine was seen again on the deck, this time on the west side of the reserve. The only other raptors were 2 Red Kites. Other notable sighting were singing Chaffinch and Greenfinch, 2 Stonechats, 2 Meadow Pipits, a Bullfinch and 3 Redwings. 

Amberley Wildbrooks

Wigeon

River Arun

Coot


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