Ugly little buggers aren't they.
Overhead, Swallows out-numbered everything else by some margin and I ended up with a minimum of 800, all heading east, at various heights from 'way up there' to 'just missed ya'. The next most numerous was Meadow Pipit but they mostly consisted of two flocks quite content to flit about at the southern end of Saltmarsh/Farmfield Lanes with very few actually heading anywhere in a hurry. The rest of the poor showing consisted of four Skylark, three alba wagtails, 17 Siskin and two (presumably Lesser) Redpoll. Pret-ty slooow.
Evil stare, razor sharp bill - natural born killers.
Of course, in contrast to my slooow morning, this afternoon, somebody (who has yet to step forward and accept the plaudits) had a very exciting afternoon when they 'found' two (!! [has there ever been a multiple occurrence?]) Wilson's Phalaropes (!!!) at Goldcliff Pools (!!!!). Luckily they popped the news on Birdguides, who put it out minus the customary 'a report of ...' (!), which was then picked up by RBA (customary 'a report of ...' reinstated), which resulted in me getting a phone call just as I was leaving the house for a bomb round the back on my bike. However, not feeling the need to go and re-identify a couple of swimming Spotted Redshanks, I jumped aboard my off-road velocipede and carried on regardless.
I Dunnop who?