I knew it, I spoke too much about the spell of good weather that we were enjoying, well it came to an end around lunchtime, with smurry rain thereafter, so the combines had hardly got a chance to start this morning, although Rockside had got some straw baled... Yes, the bulk of the Swallows had gone overnight, James commented this morning of seeing a passage of hirundines as he was out walking the dog yesterday evening. Bob, yesterday, had a count down at Gartbreck, his tally was as follows, 8 Cormorant, 27 Shag, 2 Heron, 360 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Pale bellied Brent Geese, 43 Red breasted Merganser, 3 Buzzard, 70 Oystercatcher, 49 Ringed Plover, 26 Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, 35 Dunlin, 62 Curlew, 221 Bar tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 33 Greater Black backed Gull. Back at home, Bob had a Peregrine fly past early afternoon. Here at home this morning, a Sparrowhawk swooped through the wood, whether it caught anything I don't know as it was flying away from me!