However, it may be September but the migrants didn't reflect that at all. A few days ago would have been more apt. Not only had I seen virtually no migrants by the time I got to the Obs, but the top birds I did manage to see from this area are not what you'd expect to see at this time of year.
Nonetheless, I did manage to find a Pied Flycatcher at Reap Lane and a Blackcap at the Hump, where a pair of lingering and squabbling Sparrowhawk saw to it that this migrant hot-spot of recent days was rather devoid of passerine life this morning.
On the West Cliffs I found all the Bramble bushes now coated with the larval tents of young Brown-tail moth caterpillars.
But, the Top Fields were at least teeming with Yellow Wagtails with 30 in one field accompanied by a nice juvenile White Wagtail (look at those pristine flanks!).
Around the same field was another Pied Flycatcher.
I got to the Obs and looked in the traps, but there was nothing of real note, though fresh Green Carpet are always worth a look.
The peace was rather interrupted here by a load of Powerboat racers zooming past.
The Crown Estate Field really is coming into it's own at the moment, and seems to be producing good birds everyday. This morning I watched a Sparrowhawk hunting through it, and flushing a Cuckoo. It went up to sit on posts and walls, but as usual, was being mercifully hounded by Magpies and the like, and soon disappeared again. Quite probably the bird I found at the Hump a couple of days ago, and an excellent September record.
I took up position at the Obs Quarry, as everyone was looking rather watchfully into it. It turned out they were watching a Lesser Whitethroat in close company of a Common Whitethroat for comparison, and a Sedge Warbler showed in addition. As we were watching this, the croaking of the seemingly now resident Nightingale echoed round the quarry walls. Soon, I finally got my first glimpse of this elusive bird. It went on to show reasonably well, and I managed some short footage.
My route back was less convoluted to the route out (I was hungry!), and as a result I didn't see a lot extra, though a couple of Whinchat showed brilliantly.
In the corner of Coombefields Quarry I found an area of scattered corrugated iron. Under one sheet I found a Field Vole, and a freshly dead Slow Worm.
The next two days both look totally clear (it was a little cloudy this morning), so I don't expect them to be particularly dynamic. Though knowing my track record with predicting birds, they'll probably break records. We can but hope!