Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Sunday 26th December 2011
Amberley - Burpham - The Burgh - North Stoke - Amberley
Laden with turkey
sandwiches we arrived at a deserted Amberley station at 10:30. Just outside, in
the horse field opposite, sat a very pale Buzzard. It's surprising how many
times we see a bird of prey in this field, perhaps they all like train spotting.
Slowly, as we were still stuffed from yesterday, we made our way up to the top
Hill to sit in our favourite spot and have a cuppa - the ramp-looking spot where
they used to launch gliders from in the early 20th century. Sussex
looked very drizzly from up there but the clouds were showing signs of
dissipating from stratus to cumulus.
Further on up at the The Burgh the birdlife was still as good as ever: Kestrels, Buzzards,
Buntings, Goldfinches, Ravens, Fieldfare, Ringtail Harriers and we watched a
Hen harrier on several occasions as it explored the area. The person who seemed
to get the best view of this magnificent and rare creature was the estate gamekeeper
(see below), who luckily for us is a
friend to all of the wild birds as well as his partridge and pheasant.