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  • Blog Post: 13.8.12

    Decent selection of passage waders now arriving on the brooks - greenshank, spotted redshank (thanks to Graham for photo), little ringed plover, snipe, green sandpiper, common sandpiper and black-tailed godwit present today. There were 2 or 3 garganey amongst the flocks of mallard and teal on the north...
  • Blog Post: November, a bit like March

    One bird that we most associate with early spring on the reserve, the lesser spotted woodpecker, has put in some good appearances in the last few days. Another species that normally only turns up here in late March or early April is the crane, so it was a bit weird when one dropped into the Amberley...
  • Blog Post: all white again...

    Snow on the ground today and yesterday and more predicted tonight, with very little open water left. Just like last winter...Snipe are appearing in unusual places on the higher ground due to the weather, small numbers of ducks huddled around the pools on the north brooks and west mead, and a water rail...
  • Blog Post: Y-bw

    Yellow-browed warbler - seen again today at the top of the zigzag path approx' 100-150m from the visitor centre.
  • Blog Post: Lots to see...

    This past week has been great for spotting wildlife around the reserve - from butterflies and dragonflies to warblers and waders, you can't go far without seeing something! Currently 40 - 50 house sparrows can regularly be counted feeding around the visitor centre, a pair of bullfinches often...
  • Blog Post: the little one

    Lesser spotted woodpecker(s) have been keeping a few people busy over the last few days - most of the sightings have been around 'the clump' (the high point on the edge of the heath) and if this yr is anything like last yr, then we should be in for about 3 weeks of activity from these fabulous...
  • Blog Post: birds on a wire

    Another extraordinary day of swallow and martin passage - the photos below give you some idea of the numbers sheltering/resting in the rain this morning. The first is of a gateway on the north brooks - there were several similarly 'loaded' with birds -, the second the fence next the waste water...
  • Blog Post: doing the obelisk

    On the heath over the last few days have been a number of black darter dragonflies - they have an amusing way of avoiding sunburn (or whatever it is they are doing) and it is called the obelisk position. It is a handstand, as far as I can tell - shame it isn't an olympic sport. Black darter was first...
  • Blog Post: More water, more ducks

    About 8 pintail present on the north brooks this morning, having presumeably arrived overnight. There were also in the region of 320 mallard and 200 teal, plus a handful of wigeon, giving the site a more autumnal feel - not surprising after yesterday's weather. The knot remains (!) into its 11th...
  • Blog Post: Things on the heath at night

    Last night's guided walk (20.45 - 22.30) around the heath produced a few interesting things, but the hoped-for nightjars were a little unreliable. Churring was heard from about 21.15 onwards but was always a little distant, and although one bird flew right over us, it then didn't give another...
  • Blog Post: Not just fishing...

    Graham, one of our volunteers, captured this grim action on the north brooks yesterday - a grey heron eating a juvenile moorhen. Not something you see everyday and an illustration of the heron's opportunism. A wood sandpiper is still present but generally elusive - easier to find are green and...
  • Blog Post: Heathland update 27.11.12

    Some big changes have occured on the heathland restoration areas in the last 3 weeks - the main section of the 1966 Scots pine plantation has been felled and removed (see below), and various other sections have been thinned. All the timber is being taken off to a sawmill and the brash (all the branches...
  • Blog Post: Sunday nightingale festival on

    With the weather forecast looking more favourable, this evening's nightingale festival is on. The visitor centre has water again (phew!) and the cafe/shop is open as usual. A walk around the trail this morning produced singing nightingales, whitethroats, blackcaps, willow warblers and sedge warblers...
  • Blog Post: white-fronts put in late appearance

    4 white-fronted geese amongst large numbers of canada geese on south brooks late this afternoon - seen at about 16.00 from West mead. Lets hope they stick around... Earlier in the day, 2 red kites west of river arun, peregrine in usual tree at hanger viewpoint, several snipe feeding in the open between...
  • Blog Post: Green dragon

    After the much needed rain of yesterday and last night (we had 32mm - probably more than fell in March, April and May put together!) a few passage birds have appeared. 1 dunlin, 1 green sandpiper and a common tern were present on the north brooks, together with the usual mallard, teal, wigeon, redshank...
  • Blog Post: Osprey trumped by white storks

    An osprey was over the north brooks at midday yesterday, appearing at precisely the same time as a guided walk I was leading arrived at the hanger viewpiont. Very convenient. It circled a few times, gained height and headed off to the north. Jon and Hans (who found the osprey), then topped that by finding...
  • Blog Post: Saturday Nightingale festival cancelled

    With the weather forecast looking awful for this evening (saturday 28th) we've decided to cancel the nightingale festival tonight. Just to add to our woes, a burst water main means we have no water in the visitor centre, and the visitor centre is likely to be closed from 11.30 today. Apologies for...
  • Blog Post: West mead waders

    An interesting selection of waders on view from west mead and winpenny hides this morning - at least 14 ruff (a couple with lovely dark brown necks/breasts), 2 ringed plover, 2 little ringed plover, 5 redshank, 1 black-tailed godwit and about 8 dunlin. The little ringed plovers (see below, thanks Graham...
  • Blog Post: November, a bit like June

    Well, not that much like June as it was a typically murky autumn day, but this foxglove was pushing its luck and pretending that it was still summer, and remarkably I found a slow worm near the edge of the car park which I picked up and moved out of harm's way (the car park - slow worm interface...
  • Blog Post: news and views

    Little ringed plover, green and common sandpipers are still to be found on the north brooks , even though many of the pool areas are dry. Teal numbers are slowly building up, as are numbers of greylag and canada geese. 3 greenshank were on site on monday, and a juv' marsh harrier (or 2) has been...
  • Blog Post: Leaving ones mark

    A barn owl has been roosting in the box in the visitor centre roof for the last couple of weeks. The tea room roof is clearly a favoured perch. On the north brooks yesterday a little stint, 4 or 5 ruff, at least 1 green sandpiper. A peregrine caught a teal at about 07.45. A few small parties of swallows...
  • Blog Post: Lots of water = lots of pintails

    The brooks are 100% under water, but the trail still passable with wellies/waterproof boots and all hides accessible, though please be aware this situation may change over the coming days. The floodwaters were covered with thousands of ducks this morning - I estimated ca.210 pintail and 1200 teal...
  • Blog Post: Infinity and Amberley Wildbrooks

    There was a touch of intergalactic Hollywood glamour on Amberley wildbrooks this morning. I'm not sure how long this balloon will take to rot down, but I imagine it will be quite a long time. Possibly a very, very long time. So I picked it up and stuck it in the bin. Sorry Buzz.. Rather better were...
  • Blog Post: Snipe yoga

    A few snipe in front of Nettley's hide this morning were good value - some roosting, some feeding and at least one having a good stretch, scractch and preen. And all of them of course looked very beautiful and stripey in the sunshine. About 20 wigeon were amongst the teal and mallard, the most I've...
  • Blog Post: Redwings and red admirals

    Some distinct signs of autumn over the last week: the first few redwings have appeared around the trail (I saw/heard about 20 early on Sunday morning), a few redpolls and siskins and single grey wagtail have been overhead the last few mornings, and goldcrests are now appearing with increasing frequency...