So, everything went quiet after the Red-footed Falcon, but things have started to move again.
Among the commoner migrant warblers noted at Seaford Head in recent days there have been several Grasshopper Warblers and Nightingales , and today the first Pied Flycatcher of the season.
A Black Redstart at High and Over on 31 July preceded one at Firle two days later – an unusual time of year for this species, recalling an early-autumn record at Alciston a few years back.
At Arlington Reservoir, Jacob Everitt has turned up some good waders, including 2 Black-tailed Godwits on 22nd, and Little Ringed Plover (juv) and 9 Common Sandpipers on 29th.
The Red Kite (kites?) continues to be seen, with luck, mainly along the escarpment between the lower Cuckmere and Firle. Hobbies have been typically low-profile, but continue to be seen occasionally. And a strange-looking Kestrel photographed at Malling appears to be leucistic – resembling a small, pale harrier (see The Lyons Den for a picture)
Meanwhile Pearl-bordered Fritillaries had their best recorded year of recent times at Abbott’s Wood, with over 250 recorded.