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  • Blog Post: Amberley yesterday, Pulborough today

    Amberley wildbrooks yesterday (see above) looked very watery with flocks of wigeon, teal, shoveler, pintail, greylag geese and Canada geese spread out across the site. The young marsh harrier that has so far spent all winter in the valley was hunting over the eastern side at about 11.30. In atrocious...
  • Blog Post: Dead, good

    Old oak trees are a feature of the site here, and are very important ecologically, as well as being just awe-inspiringly massive, beautiful and wondrous. They mostly inhabit a world that moves very slowly, but occasionally things happen to them very quickly. This tree, which is by my reckoning perhaps...
  • 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: waders refuelling

    The last week has seen a range of passage waders coming through - green sandpipers and little ringed plovers inevitably the most common (at least 6 of each on any given day), plus greenshanks (2), black-tailed godwits (2), dunlin and common sandpiper (2 or 3 each). Hobby, peregrine, sparrowhawk and buzzard...
  • Blog Post: Autumn colours

    The north brooks this morning looked like autumn with a small flock of rusty-brown wigeon (nearly 50) and a variety of waders - a few black-tailed godwits, dunlins, ruff, snipe and many lapwing. Sadly, no sign of yesterday's curlew sandpipers. There was also this splendid fox sitting in the sunshine...
  • Blog Post: Marsh harrier on time

    At least one juvenile marsh harrier was hunting across the south brooks yesterday morning - this is typical August bird for us here and this one was right on cue. If previous years are anything to go by, it will stay around for some weeks. A young cuckoo was also present yesterday, eating cinnabar caterpillars...
  • Blog Post: 19.1.12

    At least 24 white-fronted geese on the south brooks today (from west mead or winpenny hides) and between 100-150 black-tailed godwits reported from the north brooks. Flock of about 10 crossbills reported from the heath.
  • 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: 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: more Bewick's

    2 Bewick's swans were on the north brooks for most of yesterday morning, and another single Bewick's was present at 08.00 today - we'd expect a few more parties of these birds to arrive in the next few days as the weather has turned distinctly chilly. The short-eared owl is still being seen...
  • Blog Post: Is it autumn yet?

    It was cool and felt like autumn this morning and the birds rather reinforced this - 5 black-tailed godwits and at least 8 green sandpipers on the north brooks were no doubt heading south. Plenty lapwings, ca. 130 greylags geese, a few teal, shelduck, mallard and mandarin also present. Large numbers...
  • 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: singing and not singing

    Out early this morning to see if there were any sand martins or swallows feeding over the brooks - no such luck, but I'm sure they will be here soon. The only spring migrants I could find were 2 or 3 chiffchaffs singing between the hanger viewpoint and Nettley's hide. There was quite a lot of...
  • 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: Humidity levels rising

    First swifts and lesser whitethroat of the year here yesterday, nightingales singing/showing well, 9 or 10 crossbills on the heath, common sandpiper on the brooks. Black-tailed godwits, whimbrel and oystercatcher seen in the last couple of days. Still a handful of wigeon, 30-40 teal, a few gadwall and...
  • Blog Post: Rail continues close up

    Water rail still appearing regularly about 4m in front of the visitor centre window to the delight of many. Firecrests still being seen around Fattengates courtyard. Crossbills (up to 20) using conifers on heath though seem fairly mobile. All the usual waterfowl present in good numbers and a few black...
  • Blog Post: Harrier, waders, brown hairstreak = Aug

    At least one marsh harrier continues to appear on a daily basis - it's plain dark-brown plumage topped with fantastic creamy-yellow/orange head marks it out as a juvenile. I managed to take a distant photo of it whilst it stopped to talk to one of the local herons. Passage waders in the last 2 days...
  • Blog Post: White-fronts

    12 white-fronted geese on the north brooks today - the first of the autumn, found by regular volunteer Clive Hope at about midday. A few black-tailed godwits, ruff and golden plover amongst the lapwings. Crossbills, redpolls and siskins on the heath. Sadly, no one has reported the yellow-browed warbler...
  • Blog Post: ducklings take high jump

    Mel, our catering manager, witnessed a rare event yesterday - mallard ducklings (seven of them) jumping out of the willow at the edge of the car park. This tree was reduced in height earlier in the year to prevent it from becoming unstable and it was a matter of some debate as to how much we took off...
  • Blog Post: Another small one

    A yellow-browed warbler still in the scrub/trees at the top of the zig-zag path today (ie about 100m from the visitor centre) - elusive but a few folk have managed to catch up with it. It was found on Monday by a couple of regular visitors and by the sounds of it, has been roaming between west mead hide...
  • Blog Post: No.1 adder

    'Our' male hen harrier made is still appearing on a daily basis, disturbing all the wintering ducks and a search through the flocks of lapwings (about 2500 on the reserve yesterday) should produce about 50 black-tailed godwits, a few dunlin and ruff. At least two barn owls are regularly hunting...
  • Blog Post: Nearly flooding

    The Arun nearly overtopped its banks today and yesterday, so although the brooks are very wet, it doesn't look like we'll have a complete flood event this week. The sheer volume of water coming off the higher fields yesterday morning temporarily flooded the nature trail near west mead but this...
  • 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: murk, murk, murk

    Very murky over the last few days - when visibility allows up to 50 golden plover and up to about 80 black-tailed godwits can be seen on the brooks. A few dunlin and 1 or 2 ruff are still to be found amongst flocks of lapwing. On saturday afternoon (about 14.30 - 15.30) 2 barn owls were hunting nr the...
  • 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...