1 Yellow Wagtail west
1 Whitethroat (juvenile)
A night of showers was followed a morning of cloud and frequent showers driven along on a fresh, occasionally strong south-westerly.
The overnight rain, and continuing poor weather following sunrise was a good recipe for searching for grounded migrants, therefore, a check of the Watton Brook Valley at Little Cressingham was in order.
The first bird found was a juvenile Stonechat on fencing and posts. A heavily spotted and streaked individual with some evidence of reddish beginning to show on its belly.
|Whitethroat in a Briar patch in the Watton Brook Valley 21st August|
Whilst trying to relocate the Whitethroat I heard a familiar "sweep" call, I readily located a single Yellow Wagtail flying low and west along the valley. I watched this bird for some time through binoculars as it continued its westerly passage until lost to view. A lovely sleek looking Wagtail showing beautiful yellow underparts as it flew by. Over the years I have seen migrant Yellow Wagtails in both spring and autumn along the valley.