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  • 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: 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: one up, one down

    The male hen harrier that has been seen regularly over the past 3 weeks put in another appearance today - it hunted all over the brooks during the late morning and headed south off the reserve at about 13.00. The wet weather has brought with it loads of pintails - about 170 were on the north brooks yesterday...
  • Blog Post: 5.12.11

    Some more rain over the last fews days has brought more pintail (ca.120) and black-tailed godwits (ca.50) to the site, to go with the many hundreds of lapwing, wigeon and teal. Firecrest(s) still present around the trail, crossbills still sporadically appearing on the heath. Many fieldfares and redwings...
  • Blog Post: redpolls and others

    Ca. 25 redpoll yesterday morning in the birches at the start of the nature trail. A ring ouzel was reported nearby. The brooks are nicely flooded for the winter and ca. 1000 wigeon spread across the site, plenty teal, mallard, shoveler, pintail, lapwing and snipe (you could see them once the fog had...
  • Blog Post: Godwits, pintails, Bewick's

    It has been rather damp for the last week, and it is looking like it will get a lot damper in the next 24 hrs. The brooks here at PB are already about 70% flooded, and teeming with ducks and waders. This month's waterfowl count produced ca.235 black-tailed godwits, 85 pintail, 650 wigeon, 350 teal...
  • Blog Post: waders, mud

    Female peregrine in her usual spot nr. the hanger viewpoint at 14.00 today. A small flock (9 or 10) dunlin on the north brooks, plus ca.80 black-tailed godwits (the numbers continue to climb). Needless to say, plenty wigeon, teal, pintal and shoveler present too. Earlier this week, a female merlin and...
  • Blog Post: arctic birds, UK weather

    16 Bewick's swans roosted on the pool in front of west mead hide overnight - they left at 08.15 this morning, flying off south down the valley to feed. There were 10 in the same spot yesterday morning - they left precisely an hour earlier, though it was much gloomier this morning due to the overcast...
  • Blog Post: ducks numerous, woodpeckers noisy

    A few bewick's swans have been roosting on the reserve over last 2 days - there were 14 on the north brooks at 08.00 yesterday and 8 on west mead pool this morning. This latter group left at 08.00 precisely, heading off south down the valley somewhere to feed. Water levels are at our usual winter...
  • Blog Post: grass reappears

    Water levels have dropped back to something like our normal winter levels after last week's flood, revealing lots of grassland again. About 100 black-tailed godwits, 55 golden plover and a few ruff and dunlin have made use of it yesterday and today, along with thousands of ducks (mostly wigeon, teal...
  • Blog Post: Ducks, Amberley

    The eastern side of Amberley wildbrooks looked a picture from Rackham plantation viewpoint at 07.45 this morning... The flooded fields were teeming with waterfowl - after a very brief count, I estimated ca. 450 teal, 750 wigeon, 70 pintail, 40 shoveler, 200 lapwings and 65 black-tailed godwits...
  • Blog Post: The jack

    A jack snipe or two have been showing intermittently from Nettley's hide this week - see Gary's photo was taken on tuesday. A few common snipe have also been using the same area, either providing useful comparitive views or simply confusing the issue, depending on your point of view. Tip - jack...
  • Blog Post: Improving, but only slightly

    The nature trail is still flooded between west mead hide (open) and winpenny hide (not open!). Nettley's hide is accessible today (Mon 30th), along with Jupp's view. Please be aware that the flood level may go up or down in the next few days, so this situation may change, particularly with...
  • Blog Post: Mirror calm

    Only one phrase could describe the south brooks this morning - mirror calm, under a (finally!) clear sky. Thousands of ducks spread out all over the place were an awesome sight - there were at least 300 pintail on the north brooks 2 days ago, and there seems little reason to suggest that number has changed...
  • Blog Post: Flood less deep, nature trail and hides open

    Another sublime morning - completely still and bright sunshine. Hundreds of pintails still on site, mostly on the north brooks where many of the males were doing their best to look fabulous in front of the females. The enormo-flood is dropping, and there are strips of land appearing in front of West...