Churton Norton, Siddlesham Ferry Pool and Amberley Wildbrooks

An early start at Church Norton with Sarah produced highlights of 3 Wheatears, c40 Yellow Wagtails and a Hobby. I'm pretty sure I heard a Tree Pipit at the car park when we arrived but couldn't see one. A sad sight was a Skylark, obviously injured, that had come to rest on the edge of the harbour but couldn't move off as the tide came in. Redshank, Curlew and Ringed Plover were in good numbers and a single Whimbrel was seen. A look at the severals for the Wryneck was usurpingly fruitless. On the walk back along the spit huge number of hirundines, comprising mainly Swallows and Sand Martins, made their way across the harbour providing quite a spectacle. 

At Siddlesham Ferry before the hide was open was a single Curlew Sandpiper. Another one and a Little Stint were later reported from here. There was at least 3 Greenshank around. 

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

At Amberley this evening I was delighted to finally find a Hobby. It was perched up on a fence post on the north west side of the reserve. There was a Spotted Flycatcher along from middle gutter, 2 Whinchats, 2 Snipe, a Marsh Harrier, at least 5 Kestrels and the now regular Ravens. 

Amberley Wildbrooks


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