A warm and sunny morning inspired me to have a thorough exploration of the farm. Starting at Pheasant Covert I saw good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Whitethroats, but very few Willow Warblers were in evidence. This may indicate a poor breeding season, but maybe they have begun to depart for their wintering grounds in Africa. A Turtle Dove was a nice surprise. Loud begging calls from a juvenile Sparrowhawk indicated that the local pair have bred successfully - clearly Lapwing chicks are good prey items for growing Sparrowhawk chicks! Reed Warblers were quite obliging as they moved amongst the reeds around the duck pond and it will not be too long before they are heading south.
Out on the fields the Lapwing flock was still enjoying conditions around the scrapes and in the shorter areas of grass. A flock of four Greenshank circled for a while before deciding against dropping in to feed and headed off east instead. The scrapes hosted six Snipe, whilst two Green Sandpipers were new in. Finally a Little Egret flew over and is just the third time this species has been seen here.
A few photos of the birds from this morning are in the gallery below.