I arrived at the patch mid to late afternoon and decided to check out the Witch Lane area first. On arrival, a Kestrel was present hovering over the potato field and a Common Buzzard was also up. Further up the lane was a flock of 30 Linnet and a flock of c.50 Lapwing was seen flying over Curslow Lane.
I drew a blank at Heath Lane and the Stanklyn Lane area wasn't much better. So I headed over to Butts Lane.
At Butts Lane there were c.60 Swallows and c.20 House Martins wheeling around and gathering on the wires. A Corn Bunting was present on a nearby hedgerow and 2 juvenile Common Buzzard were present nearby.
I then decided to scan around the fairly derelict Eastfields farm as I have recorded Wheatear there previous Autumns. As I scanned there seemed to be no sign of any chats. Then suddenly a juvenile Black Redstart flew into view and landed on a fence post...result! Not long afterwards it was mobbed by a Robin and flew behind the barns. It then showed on/off perching on the small red brick building. This was definitely my patch bird of the Autumn...all those hours had paid off!
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