First up were a party of 7 screamimg Swifts overhead in the humid and murky conditions. I had about a dozen Swallows during my 'census', but it was difficult to discern whether any of these were birds moving through. Singing Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats were obvious and I had 6 and 5 of each respectively. If we had been able to ring over the past couple of weeks I might have been able to tell which were the resident males and which were males moving through.
A Lesser Whitethroat 'rattled' from the 'central' hedge and a late Siskin called overhead flying south into the southerly wind. The only other 'vis' was restricted to a single White Wagtail north and 2 Goldfinch. A male Reed Bunting and 2 Sedge Warblers (already mentioned) sang from the 'dunes' reedbed, and 7 House Sparrows were foraging for invertebrates in a large patch of Japanese Rose.
The grassland in this area was full of Starlings, also foraging for invertebrates, amongst the Birds-foot Trefoil and the Thrift.
In the middle of census I stopped off for what became a 45 minute seawatch after some wet weather came in and brought an end to proceeding and recorded 3 Gannets, 20 Arctic Terns, 6 Common Scoters, 14 Sandwich Terns and a single male Eider. The only wader on the beach was a single Turnstone.
A ship on the beach laying a cable to some new wind turbines at sea
The only grounded migrants I had were two female Wheatears perched on the fence behind the sea wall and it was now time to escape the torrential rain and head for cover!