The poor weather definitely affected the number of birds caught but it also affected the number of people who came to visit the station for our open house this morning; there was however a steady turnover of folks from mid-morning who I think enjoyed themselves and learnt a bit more about what we do here at the station. Most people got to see at least one bird in the hand, a Whitethroat on the very final round was a bit of a lifesaver!
There were more quality birds from Louis sheltering out on the tip with the highlight being a cracking summer plumaged White-billed Diver which flew west early in the morning (which despite sprinting across the garden, I missed by seconds!). Other birds included a bold Golden Oriole which flew south taking battling into the wind, 300 Swallows south, 13 Swifts north and 6 south, 780 Barnacle Geese, a Crane, a single Honey Buzzard north over the station and a Kittiwake.
Mystery bird tail - no its not a Bee-eater or an Arctic Skua despite it trying its best!