Amberley Wildbrooks and Waltham Brooks

An enjoyable afternoon/evening birding produced my first record of Spotted Flycatcher at Amberley. It was along the north edge of the village east of the Wey South Path. It's an area I often neglect to check, so I'll need to keep an eye on it. There were good numbers of Swifts feeding over the reserve, often coming very close. I recorded 30, but I think there were more. 10 House Martins were hawking on the north side of the reserve. In the field by Quell Farm were 2 Wheatear again. That's at least 7 individuals in this spot this year (assuming they are all different birds, which I think they are). These birds are quite late moving through so could be Greenland birds. 

Spotted Flycatcher




I had a quick look at Waltham Brooks, my first visit since 5th April and only my second visit since January! Swifts, Swallows and few Sand Martins were feeding over the water which held a couple Shoveler and a Teal still. 2 male Shovelers were later observed squabbling. Up on the river bank, looking out over Amberley Wildbrooks, I heard a Redshank singing. A herd of c30 Fallow Deer were close by! Back near the car 2 Cetti's Warblers were fighting in the gorse and showing very well.  



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