Warningcamp and Burpham

With a late burst of summer weather it was a day to try and avoid the crowds and I reckon I did the best I could today with a walk around the River Arun from Warningcamp. With most of the walkers on the Arundel side of river I spent an hour sat on the bank watching a flock of Yellow Wagtails feeding amongst the cattle. There were perhaps between 10-20 here and another flock of about 20 yellow birds came through which I'm pretty sure were Yellow Wagtails too, but I wasn't 100%. A Whinchat was perched up on one of the small trees close by. Over Offham Hanger there were at least 3 Buzzards, and a Red Kite and Kestrel were also about.  I stopped to photograph a group of gulls roosting in the field and amongst them found at least 4 Mediterranean Gulls and a few Common Gulls too. There was a notable absence of warblers around here today with just a couple of Blackcaps noted.

I headed up to the triangle at Peppering High Barn in Burpham for a bit of a raptor watch before I headed to Church Norton (which I had to abandon due to the car park being full). This is a popular raptor watching spot that some refer to as The Burgh and I've not visited it before. From the viewpoint looking south east I noted 3 Red Kites and a couple of Buzzards and Kestrels, but viewing conditions were challenging due to the heat.

I'm looking forward to visiting these sites in the winter months.

Yellow Wagtail

Top: Herring Gull and Common Gull
Bottom: Mediterranean Gull and Black-headed Gull

Red Kite

Mediterranean Gull

Buzzard

Kestrel

Stonechat

Whinchat

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