Dave and I were pleased to be finding the first few Meadow Pipits of autumn going south, a Grey Wagtail called as it too headed over, and there were still plenty of warblers in the bushes. These included Reed Warbler, and this Sedge Warbler, which had been bathing in the small pond.
So should we count it? The first, and quite possibly only one to turn up this year. I really wanted to count it. We both thought it looked like one. But what did we really see? Just a Greenshank-shaped bird. No plumage features, and no calls. Dave wouldn't commit himself beyond 90% sure, and so I will let it go. Drat it.
One bird which was noticeably more obvious this morning was Jay. We saw about five, one of which succeeded in creeping onto the photo year-list.
The Greenshank apart, Dave was having a good morning. I pointed out the Whinchat in the weedy field, and he picked out the third Common Sandpiper of the year at the flash. Both were year-ticks for Dave. The flash also hosted 10 Green Sandpipers and 46 Teal.
With the sun out, insects forced their way into the day.
We scanned the skies for raptors, counting 13 Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, and the Kestrels, but nothing out of the ordinary turned up today.
So we were left to rue what might have been.