Waltham Brooks

At a blustery Waltham Brooks today I walked up to the river and back around via the water treatment works. A few House Martins were still zipping about joined by the odd Swallow.  On the water on the way out I recorded a Snipe, a calling Green Sandpiper, lots of Teal in varying plumages and a few Gadwall. Up on the river bank by Thorndale Bridge were a good few Stonechats (about 8 together here) and Meadow Pipits (c10), and another 4 or 5 Stonechats were by the water treatment works (these could have been from the same group), and another 2 were on the reserve. Looking over towards Rackham Hill I spotted a huge flock of birds, obviously gulls, which could have numbered a thousand.  Passing by the lagoon on the way back I was delighted to spot a Water Rail out in the open, weaving quicky in and out of some reeds before disappearing; a bird often heard, but seldom seen. Also here now were 2 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper in view, a couple of Black-headed Gulls and a Great Black-backed Gull.

Stonechats

Meadow Pipits

Snipe

Great Black-backed Gull

Gulls at Rackham Hill

Gulls at Rackham Hill

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