Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Gallions Reach, Banstead Downs and Ditchling Beacon

I caught up with Kevin at Gallions Reach in the morning, where I found him a patch tick in the form of a juvenile Caspian Gull, along with eight Common Sandpipers and a Little Egret. Two Sparrowhawks, two Kestrels and a Buzzard over the far side were the only raptors on offer. The lake had two Little Grebes, 11 Teal and six Gadwall, and a Willow Warbler was in the bushes.

Banstead Downs later with Panos and Francis produced a surprise afternoon flyover Tree Pipit and several Chiffchaffs in with the tit flocks encountered.

Happily, I made it to Ditchling Beacon before dark to successfully twitch my first Sussex Dotterel - three juveniles. A Whinchat and three Wheatears were seen on the walk in.