A quick trek up to Marsh Farm to connect with any Wheatears that may have dropped in. A Common Buzzard was struggling to carry off its victim a recently caught drake Mallard from the fields alongside Moorditch Lane. A walk along Brook Furlong Lane and a female Merlin shot over to fly low over the flooded fields east of No.5 tank before settling on top of the hedgerow there.
At the farm the rain clouds rolled in just after I spotted a herd of Whooper Swan out on the salt marsh. There was little of note on the incoming tide and apart from 14 Raven. We decided that strategic departure was required before the black clouds got closer, in the end it wasn’t quick enough. No Wheatears noted.
Observers: Sparky, WSM (and images).