Rackham Plantation and Waltham Brooks

Around Rackham Plantation and over the brooks this evening things were pretty quiet although a large group of Swallows and House Martins were hawking. The only other notable sighting was a single Whitethroat and a few WillowChiffs.

I headed over to Waltham Brooks where the water levels appear to be quite favourable for waders with 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Redshank and a Snipe. Added to the Greenshank that was here yesterday that's 5 species or wader in the past 2 days which is the most I've ever seen in the 2 years I've been visiting the reserve.

A curious sighting which I suspect will go unidentified was a small wren sized bird that I flushed on the path alongside the canal. It appeared pale below and sandy yellow above and flew off low to the ground. I flushed it again when I returned and it flew off. I heard a Whitethroat in the area so wonder if that's the answer, but this bird seemed paler, smaller and daintier and was feeding on the ground.

Waders at Waltham Brooks

Whitethroat, Amberley 


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