Unsurprisingly, it was foggy when I got to Oare this morning but even at 9am it was warm enough for Migrant Hawkers to be on the wing. It remained pretty overcast for most of the morning, making it difficult to get many pictures.
I did manage a couple of shots of the Spotted Crake though, despite the light. It has been in the small ditch near the east flood hide for a couple of weeks now. This is a life tick for me and i've no doubt it will be a long time before I see another of these small secretive birds. A Sedge Warbler also made a surprise appearance as I watched the Crake.
There are also still plenty of Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters around the garden as well as hundreds of Crane flies (Daddy long-legs) which are approaching plague proportions in some of the local fields.
We have had up to four or five Chiffchaffs in the garden at a time this last week or so, presumably passing through on their southerly journey. This one stopped for a bit of a wash and brush up in the pond.