A rare midweek morning looked pretty promising at first. A Siskin flew over my house as I stepped outside, and then Morton Bagot started producing vis mig as soon as I arrived in the form of my first migrating Meadow Pipits. I eventually counted a modest 23, all heading south-west. About 100 Swallows and House Martins were present in an excitable throng, and presently the cause of their anxiety, a Hobby, flew past.
This species is pretty regular here through August and September, although this year I have seen fewer than usual. It was also noticeable that there were fewer Warblers about, although I had a particularly good view of a Lesser Whitethroat. The pool produced the usual Little Grebes and Tufted Ducks, but the flash was a bit of a disaster. Not a wader nor a Teal to be seen. I assume some major disturbance had occurred before I got there.
Needing a wader fix, I drove down the road to Haselor scrape, but that only produced a Common Sandpiper and two Snipe.
It is fair to say that the morning's early promise was not sustained.