Amberley Wildbrooks

With pictures of a White-tailed Eagle set on the deck at Amberley circulating today it was hard not to be hopeful when I went over after work, although of course it was unlikely it would still be around. It was still a decent birding trip, however, and I successfully deployed the audiomoth for the first of two nights nocturnal migration recording. I finally had my first Chiffchaff of the year at Amberley with one singing by the kissing gates, and a Cetti's Warbler was heard singing by the river bank here too later on. Around the swamp were 12 Shoveler and 10 Gadwall, and I possibly heard Snipe. A flock of c30 Redwing were feeding about the place and there were 8 Meadow Pipits together. As I stood scanning from the wet wood a male Hen Harrier appeared. It briefly sat on the deck before it started hunting again. It took a route following the river north, attempted to grab a Skylark, then came back across the reserve where it was harrased by a Buzzard and went off to the SE side and out of sight. Other highlights were a Barn Owl hunting and Lapwings displaying on the SE side on the Nyetimber land. There's still about 300 Wigeon under the castle and there was single Shelduck with them today. 

Shoveler and Gadwall

Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier

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