Bignor Hill and Waltham Brooks

An evening trip to Bignor Hill, for what will likely be my last of the autumn, produced, I think, my best count of Spotted Flycatchers this year with 15, pretty much exclusively perched in the dead ash trees, from which they made their sallies to catch food. Still not matching the count of 26 I had last year, but I may have missed the best days as this was my first outing here for a while. It was quite a warm evening, with sunny spells and fairly blowy although not blustery. 3 Redstarts (there were most certainly more) were also seen, but it was pretty quiet this evening for passerines with just a single Blackcap the only sylvia warbler recorded and just a few willow/chaffs. Surprisingly no Whinchats and only a sinlge Wheatear recorded here this year, but again this maybe due to missing the best days. A Roe Deer was seen by the car park, and quite close too. It paused and was looking like it was straining to see me as the light was fading before it vanished.

Spotted Flycatcher

Roe Deer

As it was nearly dark I only stopped breifly at Waltham Brooks. I noted a calling Blackcap, a fly over Green Sandpiper (heard only) and a couple of Wigeon and Shoveler on the water. Alas, no owls.


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