Amberley Wildbrooks

It was grey and murky for the last few hours of daylight at Amberley. Despite the lack of rain, the path is still holding a lot of water. Wildfowl numbers are still low, however, and 80 Wigeon whistling nervously on the river just upstream from Ham Corner was the wildfowl highlight. A large flock of 80-90 Woodpigeon flushed from the scrub around Middle Gutter. I've not see this many here before. Perhaps they're taking advantage of the abundant berry crop. Later, towards Bury, there will was a flock of about 200. 5 Red Kites, a Buzzard and a Kestrel were noted on the east side, and later 2 Marsh Harriers were spotted following the river south, presumably to roost in Arundel. The highlight of the trip was a Chiffchaff heard calling just above my head in a sallow in the wet wood. From the brief views got it appeared dull brown/grey, but that may have been due to the lack of light. It flew off east into the birches. Fieldfares and Redwings appeared to be in fewer number than last week. As I emerged from the north side of the wet wood, flocks of Fieldfare headed north over my head, so I wonder if they are roosting in the large oaks that line the river at Waltham Brooks. All in all it seemed fairly quiet with just 42 species recorded. 

Amberley Wildbrooks


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