Bignor Hill and Waltham Brooks

It amazes me that there are days when I visit Bignor Hill and there appears to be birds in abundance and others when it feels like there has been a big clear out. Today's visit felt like the latter variety and I stood for a short time enjoying complete silence. I did eventually find some Spotted Flycatchers with 3 or 4 found together.  The Mistle Thrushes were back in their usual spot and today I got a good measure of the flock seeing at least 30. A few Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, a small group of Swallows and a flock of at least 50 Goldfinches were also noted. A cloud was slowly descending on the hill and by the time I completed my walk the masts were shrouded in mist.

On the way back I stopped by Waltham Brooks as I often do and was pleasantly surprised to see a Greenshank on the shallow water along with a noisy Green Sandpiper. 3 Little Egrets, a few Gadwall and Teal, and a flock of 30 Swallows moving over were also recorded.



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