Today I've mostly been watching displaying Marsh Harriers. Got really good views of three birds in the air together, displaying, calling etc, really interesting to watch for a few hours, they do cover a large area. Whilst standing around watching the Harriers I also managed several Barn Swallow, 1 House Martin and 2 Swift in addition to several showy Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting (picture below - phone-scoped), Yellow Wagtail and a veritable assortment of warblers. Waders were in evidence also with displaying Lapwing, Snipe and Redshank all seen. A party of Whimbrel also showed nicely after being spooked by a low flying RAF jet. A Mallard paid the price for its stupidity when it got run over by a train in front of me, always a good way to start the day!
The local patch got a poor effort again today as it was raining fairly heavily for most of the afternoon, however my 4 duckling chicks were still alive and another family have arrived, I couldn't see all of the ducklings as they were hiding in the weeds but think that there was at least 4, possibly 5.
Not long now till I go to Lanzarote for a couple of weeks of sun and relaxation but will hopefully get out onto the patch in the next couple of days before I go.