Amberley Wildbrooks and The Burgh

A frosty start at Amberley still produced some good birding with highlights being a Kingfisher on the river, a female Redstart on the northern edge of the reserve that boundaries Quell Farm, and a Whitethroat in sub-song. The Redstart was a patch tick and the first I've seen on spring migration. The bird appeared to have a tick, or some form of abnormality, under its right eye. It was along the same fenceline as the Wheatears so somewhere to keep an eye on.  

Redstart

Redstart

In the evening, after Joe reported a White-tailed Eagle again at Rackham, I headed out to high ground to try and spot it. After being beeped at by a gang of groundworkers as I stood peering down the arun valley with my scope from the Houghton viewpoint, it was time to move on so I headed over to the Burgh. Two police cars pulled up at Canada Barn and were apparently looking for a missing person. Birds recorded on the short visit here were 10 Grey Partridge, a Yellowhammer and a Peregrine. There were a lot of thrushes feeding out in the fields but none of the more scarce variety. 

Buzzard

Grey Partridge


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