Hail's View, Waltham Brooks and Amberley Wildbrooks

I managed to dodge the showers today and visit three sites in the Arun Valley. Firstly, at Hail's View I found the wing-tagged Marsh Harrier, a very striking white goose, a pale morph Buzzard, a Chiffchaff, and a Kestrel, which I saw take a dragonfly from the air; something I've not seen this species do before. 



Hail's View

White goose

Long-tailed Tit


After a brief pause in the car to wait for the rain to stop I entered Waltham Brooks where there wasn't much on the water just a few Mallard, Teal and Gadwall, and a Little Grebe. As I went over the wooden bridge that crosses the old canal I heard an unusual call coming from the gorse to my right, and I immediately thought of Dartford Warbler. I managed to see the bird briefly, which appeared all dark and had a cocked tail. I consulted the Collins guide and based on the call and appearence of the bird I concluded it could only be this species. I stayed around the area for about an hour where the bird showed very briefly a couple of times, but was too shy for good views or photos. 

On the way home I stopped in at Rackham Plantation. Large numbers of Lapwing, Starling, Greylag Geese and Canada Geese contine to favour the wet fields of Amberley Wildbrooks, although there was not much else around. No raptors seen here today. 


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