I arrived at the valley for 1630hrs and decided to walk along a hedgerow corridor for a search of late migrants.
The first bird of note was an overflying male Goshawk directly above and heading leisurely west whilst closely followed by a brave Crow species.
Shortly after this a male Lesser Whitethroat sang his lovely rattle-like song and over adjacent farmland a pair of Lapwings saw off a large Crow species.
|Whitethroat in the Watton Brook Valley 25 May. Seen carrying food into this bramble habitat.|
At 1700 I heard the familiar "tew-tew-tew" call of a Greenshank. For about 8 minutes this bird was flying circuits overhead but I could not locate it visually, then at 1708 I saw this beautiful wader almost overhead and still calling. Calling continued for a short while thereafter until it appeared to head in a more or less easterly direction.
Back at my start point I watched a Whitethroat carrying food into traditionally used bramble habitat where it was feeding young in the nest. Both Blackcap and Mistle Thrush were singing in this area.