I found this gorgeous male Redstart at about 1800 this evening.
It briefly frequented a hedge above Stony Bank, the same hedge that has previously attracted this species. ( It was Little Owl hedge , but might have to be renamed!)
It moved up the hedge line and then promptly disappeared. Let's hope it is there tomorrow, because I would love some better photos.
A Little Egret was also seen flying east as we crossed the dam back to the village.
Other migrants have included one Arctic tern on the 20th, two Yellow Wagtails on the 21st and a singing Lesser Whitethroat near the outflow.
My first Common Sandpiper of the year was on the dam this morning. Also more hirundines are over the res with Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin all present. Raptors seen today from TRWP(Thornton Raptor Watch Point), included 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine and a Kestrel.
Could it be a Booted Eagle, first for the county? What about a dark phase Swainsons Hawk moving back to the prairies via Thornton? How about a Honey Buzzard, earliest ever in the county? No, pity, I think it is just a very dark Common Buzzard, but I would love someone to re find it and prove me wrong.
Had this Raptor fly in at 1805 at Thornton on Friday 4th. Up to 6 Common Buzzard are in the area, but this bird was immediately mobbed by Crows. My attention was drawn to it I think because it seemed longer winged and dark.
I would appreciate any comments on this and just wish I had been able to obtain better photos.