In a year in which weekend commitments have meant precious little time to check the local birdlife, opportunity came knocking this morning. The harvest is done, ploughing has begun and today was gloriously sunny. On the open areas to the north of the village, this Whinchat was immediately obvious, accompanied by 2 Wheatears, reminiscent of late August 2013.
Good numbers of House Martins and Swallows remain around the village, with 4 Yellow Wagtails calling in flight from various fields. There was a Hobby over the river valley, but even better another Whinchat to the south of the village - the first record of more than one in a day:
A productive excursion, with a real feeling of migration underway. Had time allowed I felt confident that I could have picked out a Redstart from one of hedgerows, surely there must be one out there somewhere?