Still lazy August over there but with obvious indications of the changing season such as the eclipse Mallards that are starting to show signs of fresh plumage, the migration movement of Swallow and House Martin (with a single Swift - Yay!) and the number of young Whitethroats apparently feeding up for their mega-return journey. At least one Reed Warbler is also still present and calling occasionally from the north-east side of the swag pool.
The Mere was even quieter although I did hear the flight call of a Common Sandpiper that otherwise avoided detection
Star bird should have been Water Rail if I had managed to see it. The bird was in the heavy vegetated channel between the main swag and the Ford Brook and was continuously calling and very clumsy about moving the vegetation, all of which leads me to suspect a juvenile (but despite being less than six feet from the moving vegetation I was still unable to get a glimpse of the bird)!
Have a good weekend all - Chaz