Amberley Wildbrooks

A very pleasant trip to Amberley this evening with the long-awaited arrival of some interesting migrants. Not much was going on under the castle with just a few Pied Wagtails and a pair of Egyptian Geese with 10 Goslings. There was a pipit with the wagtails which stood out, very white underneath and boldy streaked, but it was too distant for a photo. 2 Willow Warblers were singing in their usual spot just along from middle gutter. On the river a male Mandarin was skirting the margins. At the swamp the remaining c40 Teal were bing terrorised by a Peregrine which I saw stoop a few times and disperse the flock, but it went off empty handed. No sign of any Redshank here today. Over the NE side I spotted a cream-capped Marsh Harrier, the first I've seen here over a month. Approaching the wet wood a Snipe flushed from the sedge. Another Willow Warbler was singing in the wet wood. I wandered all the way to the end to see if there were any Lapwing again in the grazed fields at the far end and was delighted to find 3 Wheatear feeding along the fenceline, my first of the year.

Wheatears

Mandarin

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