Waltham Brooks

A burst of cold November weather after a period of mild temperatures appeared to be encouraging the birds to move around at Waltham Brooks this morning. A large flock of 200+ Woodpigeons were heading north towards Pulborough and a flock 100+ Canada Geese landed in Widney Brooks joining the 20+ Wigeon that were already there. Flocks of ducks could be seen moving across the sky in the distance. It's now possible to walk the loop again around the brooks, but it's incredibly muddy, and the terrain is challenging due to disturbance by the cattle. A single Fieldfare near the road was the only migrant thrush seen today. On the water were a good number of Shoveler, at least 25, a single Pintail, 20 ish Teal, 6 Gadwall, 20+ Mallard and a Little Grebe. Finches comprised a few flyover Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Siskin, 2 Linnets, a few Reed Buntings, and the occasional Goldfinch. 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Water Rails were heard. 

Waltham Brooks


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