I got a good raptor species count including 5 Buzzards, 1 Redkite, 1 female Kestrel, both male and female Sparrowhawk and 4 Hobbies. With blue skies and a beautifully warm day the Hobbies were often high and far away.
I sat on the mound dividing the two sites when the unmistakable 'monkey chatter' of a female Cuckoo made me jump as it passed overhead within inches and went into a tree it was promptly joined by a male who got it's end away before both flying off towards Summer Leys. This is it incoming, not brilliant but great wing pose
Like I've said it was hard to get images it is what this site is infamous for.
I opted to move off my mound it was one of those "Doug's hindsight" moments to photograph a Common Whitethroat. Just as well I did, I could hear a constant but low droning sound coming from the direction of the farm and getting louder within moments right were I had been sat a HUGE swarm of bees passed by through along the side of the big lake and on towards the direction of Summer Leys. It was easily in the high hundreds. Unlike in those dodgy B-movie's like "Attack of the Killer Bees" it wasn't a ball but a column it was easily 7 foot in length, about 1 foot in height and half a foot in width the volume was scary and had me contemplating taking a dive into the lake. The odd straggler helped me calm down as I realised they were honey bees and not what I had feared hornets or wasps, there's some really big hornet nests on the site.....phew! The Whitethroat is still hiding though
Whilst waiting with 700mm focal length on tap I tried some macro, makes sense lol. This is a "flappy wing Hobby food" yep I have no idea, WHY DO "BUG" WEBSITE MAKE IT HARD TO ID THINGS? I think I've tried every site going but unless you know the scientific name etc it's impossible to nail down the one you got.