Bignor Hill and Chantry Hill

Just one mile covered in 2 hours this morning whilst I was totally captivated by the bird activity at Bignor Hill. Numbers were much better than my previous visit, and it wasn't only migrant birds so I wondered where they all were on Friday! I set off at 6am and aside from a couple of wild campers packing away a bit late, I didn't see a soul during this time.  I spent a while around by the masts scanning the tits, finches and warblers which were busy hunting breakfast. Amongst them were "Willowchaffs", Whitethroats, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Goldfinches, 3 Marsh Tits and a Green Woodpecker. In the field where on my previous visit there was a flock of 12 Mistle Thrushes there were at least 20 today spread out in the grass and calling from the trees. Along the path behind the masts I was pleased to spot my first Redstart of the autumn migration period perched on the barbed wire fence, joined at one point by 2 Bullfinches. Further along a large group of Greenfinches, often present in this area, were feeding in the grass. Human activity picked up and the bird activity subsided, so I headed back, noting a singing Willow Warbler, another Marsh Tit and a Buzzard.


Green Woodpecker

Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler?

Marsh Tit

Mistle Thrush

In the evening I paid a brief visit to Chantry Hill in search of migrants and noted a single Swift going south, a Hobby dashing low over the grass, 3 Ravens, a Sparrowhawk and a Brown Hare.


Brown Hare


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