Waltham Brooks

I had a quick whip around Waltham Brooks this evening in unexpectedly blustery winds. A moment after I'd climbed up the river bank a Hobby came flying by with a Crow in pursuit, whilst a Nightingale was singing in the scrub next to the old car park. Over the water a few Swifts were hawking and a along the river Reed Warblers were singing. Looking over to Amberley from the river bank there was no sign of Redshank today. A House Martin was feeding with a few Swifts and a Red Kite came gliding over. On the water were a few Mallards and a pair of Tufted Duck.

Tufted Ducks and a Gadwall

I wandered down the withy bed, where another Nightingale was bursting out its song, to check Widney Brooks. Viewing was difficult as always but there were some good birds around with a couple of Shoveler and Shelduck and a female Wigeon on the water, and 2 Little Ringed Plover on the muddy edges. 

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