Waltham Brooks and Hails View

A slight change of plan this morning due to an unplanned lie-in took me to Waltham Brooks in fairly blustery, but still pleasant, conditions. Walking along the river I noted a few Meadow Mipits, a small group of Siskin (probably), a calling Green Sandpiper, and a few Snipe on the water. A bit later a group of 6 Snipe came over and headed towards the water. There were a lot of Hirundines about the Arun Valley today; Swallows and House Martin as far as I could tell, and they were moving slowly through Amberley in what appeared to be an easterly direction. A Red Kite could just about be discerned in the distance. Walking past the lagoon I noticed there were 3 Green Sandpipers and a few Snipe, and a fair number of ducks, mostly Teal I think, but I still struggle with eclipse plumages. I headed through the withy bed to take a look at the Widney scrape. There wasn't much here today, just a Green Sandpiper, 4 Egyptian Geese, and what I think is an alba Pied Wagtail sub-species (aka White Wagtail). A passerine flock through the woods contained a few Chiffchaff.


Snipe

Green Sandpipers

White Wagtail?

White Wagtail?

I dropped in to Hails View and had an enjoyable hour and a half scanning the south brooks where many hundreds of Hirundines were hawking in the distance and Swallows were rushing over the grass in front of me, sometimes fairly close. A large flock of c100 Goldfinch was moving from spot to spot whilst 2 Whinchats were fairly close to the viewpoint. It was pretty good for raptors too with 5 species seen; a Marsh Harrier which was being harassed by a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, and a Sparrowhawk perched on a fence for a while.

Goldfinch

Whinchat

Sparrowhawk


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