A humid day, broken cloud, sunny spells with light SE winds.

The morning felt great, although I cleaved off a large amount of available time trying to see a Wryneck found by ES, just east of Belle Tout wood, which was a waste of time. Although I did have a fleeting encounter with it later in the afternoon. They can be such fickle birds. With RAB finding one at the pub on the 2nd Sept and another at Crow link (AK) the same day, it seems like a return to form for them this autumn. Other totals included 11 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, a Common Redstart, Nightingale, 8 Willow Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 15 Common Whitethroat. 10 Grey Wagtail over, along with 1000 mixed hirundines over two visits.

Having a bit of unexpected free time I headed down to West Rise at midday where I saw the Spotted Crake (found by AW on the on the 3rd) twice in an hours hot and humid vigil. It seemed very timid whilst I was there. A 1cy Yellow-legged Gull was on the lake, I didn’t check the sleeping eclipse ducks for the Garganey as I was too damn hot. Two Black tailed Godwits were also present.


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