Its been a mixed week, very very hard work at the same time. during the week the Wheatears have started to migrate through with 2 on Corton Prom. A cracking Adult Yellow legged Gull flew south and it was amazing to watch a female Sparrowhawk sitting above the Sandmartin nests waiting for the young to fly out. Didn't get the opportunity to see it do that though.
More Wheatears were at COSW on another day and then at CNSW ponds a Willow Warbler and a Reed Warbler was all I could find. Over at Furse Wood the Hobby was still in the area and actually the most bird species were seen here. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk with young, a nice tit flock with Goldcrest and Treecreeper.
Friday was a good evening on the patch, a whinchat was on the COSW fence and eventually 3 cracking individuals. Another or same Wheatear and best of a all a Juvenile Cuckoo flew south over my head. Over in the Dis railtrack a Pied fly finished off a great evening.
Yesterday was rubbish with just the Hobby but this time over the cosw. No migrants otherwise.
Today started rubbish and only saved by a Seawatch. This morning and then again this afternoon, i checked all the bush's, probably 6 hours worth to find nothing, nothing at all!!! I did practice digiscoping on this Migrant Hawker Dragonfly.
So I sat on the cliff at cosw and was surrounded by 4 Wheatears, first migrants of the day.
The Seawatch went well and patch tick Curlew Sandpiper with 18 Dunlin lots of Commic Terns, Common Terns and a Single Sandwich Tern. Then 3 brilliant looking juvenile Black Terns in a flock of 30+ Commics. James had a Marsh Harrier whilst he was watching from only meters away but I some how completely missed it.
Other birds were a Swift going North, Gannets, a Redhsank, a Turnstone and 3 Oystercatchers.
So the Seawatching saved the day.