A two hour hike around the Blueberry Farm/Brampton Valley area yesterday evening in stunning light was incredibly quiet for birds and we failed to find the rather tatty male Marsh Harrier from the previous evening.
This morning (23rd) and a walk around the usual circuit at Harrington Airfield provided a migrant Tree Pipit which arrived at about 10.15am, flew around several times and then seemed to depart to the south. Also still present was the first year male Redstart in bushes along the old airstrip between the chippings compound and the first bunker. This is likely to be the elusive bird first seen at the end of July. Today it was much more showy and calling well.