|Bluethroat Luscinia svecica hopping on the mud...|
|...in the company of a Whinchat Saxicola rubetra - can you see them?|
The weather was pretty miserable with low clouds and drizzle. Actually the perfect conditions for grounded migrants. Of the most interesting birds I had a Wryneck Jynx torquilla, a female Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus, 2 Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe, 8 Whinchats Saxicola rubetra and 2 Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. As I was finishing the circular path, I noticed a raptor in the sky. It looked like a Marsh Harrier, but it wasn't. It was a Black Kite Milvus migrans - the second I see this year on the reserve!
Local patch: yesterday I had some pretty good sighting for my home area after a long while. No less than 4 Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca were in the neighbour's garden, frequently flying around and chasing each other. Other migrants were also a Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus and a Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita and a flock of +15 Swallows Hirundo rustica was darting overhead. A loose group of 18 Common Swifts Apus apus on migration was also of note, as was a female/imm fly-by Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus. Here and there also the occasional Jay Garrulus glandarius in the gardens - a clear sign of autumn.