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 five species of wader in the past two days, which is the most I've ever seen in the two 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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