Amberley Wildbrooks

There's still a lot of water around at Amberley and wellies were needed this morning. The grasses are towering high. It started well with a Barn Owl still out hunting at 8:45. A group of 10 Swifts were screaming over the village and a Reed Warbler was swinging in the trees at the entrance gate. At Ham Corner a Kingfisher was seen briefly. Water was pouring off the brooks into the river, apparently under the instruction of the EA, so Paul told me. 2 Lesser Whitethroats were singing around the sluice again. Walking up to the wet wood I heard the distinctive sound of a Corn Bunting singing. I have heard them here at this time of year before. It's likely these birds are dispersing from the nearby downs, but I'm not sure why they do. The water is looking pretty rank in the ditches through the wet wood. There was not much of note near Quell Farm today. A probable Marsh Harrier was seen distantly on the east side of the brooks but I didn't see it again to confirm. Butterflies were a couple of Tortoiseshells and a Meadow Brown, and a single Dragonfly was seen but too briefly to identify. 

Corn Bunting

Barn Owl

Small Tortoiseshell

River Arun

Meadow Brown


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