Watton Brook Valley passes through several Parishes on my patch and is viewable from many public highways. This beautiful meandering waterway is of great interest throughout the year, for me I always look forward to the autumn months when many migrants use this natural feature to navigate by, just as they probably have for millennia.
Today, the most obvious species seen was Swallows and House Martins, many of which alighted on the ground near me to collect dried grasses for the nest. Also, many of these Hirundines flew up and down the valley to collect insect prey.
3 adult Little Grebes were seen, one of which had built a simple reed platform for a nest within tall standing reeds. 4 female Mallards were present, one of these was accompanied by tiny young.
A single Little Owl was sitting hunched on a fence post with a second calling from a nearby Sycamore. 2 Kestrels also present here.
The area also held at least 6 singing Whitethroats, 5+ singing Blackcaps, 1 singing Willow Warbler, and 3+ singing Chiffchaffs.
Goldfinches were present in good numbers with birds attracted to some fine stands of Teasel in the valley. Also in this area a male Reed Bunting sang.