We went over Clayhanger this morning for 1.5 hours and here are the more unusual sightings.
Sparrowhawk, 3 Jay by pit mounds, 3 Buzzards, 5 Goosander (3M, 2F), Little Egret on East edge of Mere, 3 Snipe, 2 Male Goldeneye, Redwing, Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff on SW side of mere. Cetti's Warbler in reeds on opposite side of track to Pelsall Rd Pool (heard by Chris)
I had really given up hope but it appears that we still have our guest of honour! The Cettis has only moved a few hundred yards and is still on site. This is often the way with birds. If they move from the place where they are frequently seen, birders (myself included) often assume that they have gone.
This is always a quandary when looking for rare birds, do you stay where they have regularly been seen or do you take the initiative and go and check around other possible areas? Most birders stand their ground and hope that the birds will be creatures of habit but a few braver ones will 'roll the dice' and sometimes get rewarded (and at other times get punished).
Good news for Tony Stackhouse though, he was saying today that he regretted not being able to connect with the Cetti's (apart from hearing it) so it seems he and everyone else may yet have a second chance?
Big thanks to Chris and Graham for their records - Chaz