Amberley Wildbrooks

At Amberley this morning the White-tailed Eagle was quickly spotted in its normal spot on the east side of the reserve. I discovered from Twitter that, as I suspected, the bird had wandered off for a week or so. It had gone back to the Isle of Wight only to return to Amberley a week later. It was being mobbed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull at one point. I, meanwhile, was being mobbed by a herd of young friesian cattle on the river bank who escorted me, very closely, back to the kissing gate. Other highlights from the 52 species recorded were a Tufted Duck by the swamp (I picked it up in flight but it dropped down somewhere), a Nightingale, 2 Willow Warblers (only one has been singing by Middle Gutter on my last couple of visits), a Red Kite, 4 Shelduck (by Quell Farm) and plenty of common summer visitors. The Mute Swan is still sitting on eggs (3 eggs apparently according to Bernie). I didn't see many insects. 



Mute Swan 


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