Amberley Wildbrooks

A fantastic morning's birding despite being up to my waste in water at one point as I tried to find a suitable spot for the second night of recording with the audiomoth. At the swamp I was sure I heard a Redshank, but a Song Thrush was doing a very good imitation of their call. However, I did eventually hear a Redshank and it flew out of the swamp towards the NW side. I thought I heard Green Sandpiper too, but I wasn't able to confirm it, and could also have been the Song Thrush! A Chiffchaff and a Cetti's Warbler were both heard singing here again and the Redwings from yesterday were still about. As I walked up to the wet wood I heard a Curlew calling and picked it up heading north off the reserve towards Pulborough. A new bird for my Amberley list. It looked like it had been using the reserve. Matt had presumably the same bird earlier in the morning at Pulborough. After pulling myself out of the water I stood and scanned from the wet wood where another Chiffchaff was singing. 2 Mandarins came out of the woods calling and landed somewhere out in front of me. 7 Little Egrets came in a flock to feed in one of the pools; I counted 8 in total today. 2 Lapwings were seen again displaying on the NW side and there were at least 5 seen on the Nyetimber land. Heading back I found the long-staying Great White Egret, and there were now 100+ Common Gulls and a few Black-headed Gulls under the castle along with the usual cast of wildfowl and the deer carcass. 

Curlew

Curlew

Bullfinches

Fox on the river bank

Little Egrets

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