Waltham Brooks and Hails View

I arrived at Waltham Brooks at 8am and there was a flurry of small bird activity around the railway bridge. I set up my scope and scanned the hedges and scrub and amongst the tits and warblers was a Redstart. It was on show very briefly and not seen again. Elsewhere around the site were the songs of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler, a couple of Stonechats, 3 Grey Wagtails and 10 Swallows at the water treatment works, and 5 Green Sandpipers noisily flying around before heading off in a southerly direction.

Whitethroat at Waltham Brooks

Redstart at Waltham Brooks

On the way back home I stopped off at Hails View to see if I could get some of the Honey Buzzard action. I stood there with Kit for an hour as we both agreed a very distant chat must be a Whinchat, and then watched as 9 Common Buzzards soared together above the south brooks. Kit also pointed out a Hobby and a Marsh Harrier. No sign of a Honey Buzzard although news did come out the following day that one had been seen. 

4 of 9 Common Buzzards soaring over the north brooks


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