Amberley Wildbrooks

After the fog cleared at Amberley this morning I had a productive trip, adding two patch year ticks to the list. The first was a Yellowhammer around the hawthorns at Middle Gutter. I saw a flash of white on the tail of a bird that darted into a tree, and after a little wait it popped up on top of it, making its quiet and indistinct tsit call. My last sighting of this species here was in June last year. The second was a Little Grebe on the river at Ham Corner that I noticed after I saw it dive. This is only my second record here with the other being two birds on the 1st December 2019. Other highlights of today were 2 Kingfishers, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, and many Chiffchaffs. There was a noticable increase in Meadow Pipits today. I bumped into Paul who mentioned that the EA had been there this week clearing the IDB ditches and they did look noticably wider. Deer culling will be commencing soon. 

Yellowhammer

Little Grebe


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