The rain did eventually stop, prompting an outing to the Mancetter Hills on Friday. At the highest point of my walk, which to be honest isn't that high I found several pipits and a Wheatear presumably 'grounded' by the heavy rain. They certainly weren't there a day ago. It was still quite windy as I tried to photograph the pipits with my backup camera with not much success. I thought there might be a Tree pipit in there. Certainly there were a couple of likely candidates.
On Saturday I visited Brandon Marsh.There was a Ruff on East Marsh among the Lapwing flock. A very nervous flock with no less than 3 Sparrowhawks in the surrounding bushes. A young Water Rail made a typically brief appearance in front of the E.Marsh hide.
Water Rail, Brandon Marsh
and that was the week that was !