Saturday 22nd October
Breezy southerly winds F4, mild, dry and sunny.
When i got to the car park this morning Marc Heath's car was already there. He was desperate for a Crossbill, the only local not to have seen one this autumn, and I could see him on the embankment to the west. I walked slowly up the path north, and just before reaching the railway line I heard a crashing about in the hedge and Chris Hindle appeared, having walked up the east side of the hedge. Shortly after, Ann appeared walking up the path behind me, claiming to have heard an unusual call halfway up the path.
We three walked up to Coldharbour, where we met Julian and Alex Perry, but it was quite obvious there wasn't much about today. I walked back inland, Chris and Ann walked the coast, and about an hour later the 3 of us met up at the railway crossing, and were joined by Marc. He had at last had some Crossbills, but other than a few Siskins, Redpolls and Chaffinches there was little to see, so we all headed back to the car park.
Part way down the track 2 Bullfinches flew out the hedge, not a common bird in the area. Then we heard a strange call, and Chris and I both thought out loud, could be a Raddes, it had a sort of 'squeaky' call. Eventually a bird moved to the front of the bush and we could see it was a Cetti's, but making a really unusual call. This was the bird Ann had heard earlier.
This afternoon Chris sent me a few photos of a Rough-legged Buzzard he had found near Netherhale this afternoon: