Climping and Amberley Wildbrooks

Seal at Amberley

It was a chilly start at Climping, but it soon turned into a fabulous morning with clear blue skies and a light NE wind. The birding was pretty quiet. 2 Shoveler were on the sea when I arrived and there many Red-breasted Mergansers with at least 11 seen. Also on the sea were 4 Great Crested Grebes and a single Common Scoter. Only 1 Red-throated Diver was seen, going east, pointed out to me by Bola. A single Brent Goose was feeding in the arable field behind joined by many Skylarks, one of which appeared to come in off the sea.  11 Turnstones, 5 Oystercatchers and a Grey Plover were the waders seen, and 8 Mediterranean Gulls were recorded, although I am sure there were many more.  


Mediterranean Gulls

Late afternoon after a busy day fitting a carpet I had a fantastic birdwatching trip at Amberley. On the Rackham side the Great White Egret that's been regular recently was spotted. A Marsh Harrier was perched on the deck in the distance. I was watching a seal hunting leisurely on the river when mobbing crows drew my attention to a male Hen Harrier, which glided menacingly over the brooks towards Rackham. Along the straight to the wet wood 3 Little Egrets were feeding the pools of floodwater, more than I've seen around for a while. A Skylark sang briefly and 4 Stonechats were catching flies, the males periodically singing too. On the return leg, feeding with Canada Geese now was a White-fronted Goose, presumably the one that's been reported now and again in the Arun Valley recently. Other notable observations were a small flock of Redwing, 4 Buzzards, and not a single gull seen. Coot numbers much reduced too. 



White-fronted Goose

Great White Egret 

Hen Harrier

Marsh Harrier


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