Amberley Wildbrooks

I was keen to get to Amberley this morning to see the impact of the recent heavy rain. It was an overcast day with little wind and not cold. A lot of the water was still held back by the river banks and the south-east side of the reserve was hardly flooded. The field under the castle was well flooded and this held at least 100 Canada Geese, a few Wigeon, and a Black Swan. It was a challenge to count the geese around the reserve as they were sparsley spread, but there were a good few hundred Canada Geese and Greylag Geese. Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls streamed over and all seemed to land on the north-west side were there was a lot of wildfowl, mainly geese and swans. The swamp held mainly Mallard today with at least 50 around here and 4 Redwing were around the scrub. I walked up the flooded Wey South Path towards the wet wood and 2 Brambling flushed from the hawthorn. They called noisily and then headed off towards the wet wood, but I didn't see them again. A pleasing patch tick. On the north-east side of the reserve with more geese and swans were at least 100 Lapwing and a Marsh Harrier. Around the birch canopies in the wet wood, with the Goldfinch and Linnet, were at least 4 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll. On the walk back a Merlin was now perched on a gatepost on the north-east side alongside a Kingfisher. There were a lot of Pied Wagtails around some showing features of White Wagtail and Meadow Pipits were heard regularly overhead. A Raven, 2 Snipe and 6 Stonechat were also noted. Total species was 56 for the trip.

Merlin and Kingfisher

I popped over again in the evening in the hope of a Short-eared Owl. I was out of luck but did spot five separate Marsh Harriers, 2 Buzzards, a Red Kite and a Kestrel. A Cetti's Warbler sang from Middle Gutter, and along with Collared Dove and House Sparrow, total species for the day was 60. 


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