Waltham Brooks and Bignor Hill

A damp morning, it felt more like water seeping from the air than it did rain; the arun valley was shrouded in cloud. On the shallow water at Waltham Brooks waders were 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, and the Greenshank was back. Also a group of Black-headed Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Herons and a Little Egret. Elsewhere on the reserve highlights were a few Whitethroats, 2 Kingfishers on the river and a Hobby over the Amberley side.

Late afternoon I went to Bignor Hill, navigating the many campervans and campers that descend there, but it was another quiet trip bird wise. There was a Redstart in the same spot which was calling incessantly and served to remind how bad I still am at seperating the calls of this species from Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Other notable sightings were 2 Marsh Tits, a few Blackcaps and Whitethroats, and a Kestrel, which I haven't seen here for a little while.

A quick look at Waltham Brooks on the way home where the Green Sandpiper numbers had increased to 7 and Snipe to 5. 5 Little Egrets and 3 Grey Herons were also on the water. A final scan produced a Barn Owl briefly quartering over towards the sewage works.




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