Bignor Hill and Waltham Brooks

Hurrah! Having spent a long time decorating the flat and waiting for my new camera I finally got out for a decent birdwatching trip. I headed to Bignor Hill, which I'm watching closely in the hope of a repeat of the great counts of autumn migrants I had here last year (see here and here). However, after a day of intense heat the wind had picked up and the threat of a storm made for challenging conditions, and despite some promising signs it turned into a fairly typical trip for this site, with a low species count.  Plenty of Yellowhammers still about and singing, and there was a flock of 12 thrushes feeding in a field along with a cast of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch and Pheasant, which on closer inspected turned out to be Mistle Thrushes. I saw what I am almost certain was a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, but glimpses were fleeting and I think there may have been a juvenile Redstart in the same area as I was sure I spotted a firey red tail through the scrub, but seeing neither together and never quite getting good enough views I couldn't confirm either. The wind was picking up and fearing getting my shiney new camera wet I cut the trip short, noting a very tatty Buzzard en route back to the car.

Mistle Thrushes

On the way home I stopped in briefly at Waltham Brooks and heard the distinctive call of Green Sandpaper. I noted 7 moving fairly high in a southerly direction. There have been good numbers of Green Sandpiper at Pulborough so I suspect these had come from there. Also noted was a Sparrowhawk and a few House Martins.

Green Sandpipers

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