My birding day didn't start until late, very late in birding terms. I had to get some essentials for my bike. A decent waterproof cycling jacket and trousers for the wet days ahead. I don't mind getting caught in near tropical downpours, you ain't a proper cyclist until you've ridden in the wet. Yet I am getting wet a lot. Which ruins the day. Whilst shopping I was seriously tempted by a bike brake disc conversion kit, seriously tempted, sick and tired of ye 'olde brake block set up, serious fade in the rain, bigger stopping distance in the wet, horrible squealing after rain and mud jamming up between wheel rim and pads....another day perhaps.
So my birding itself started at the quarry about 4:30'ish (told you it was late), bugger all but Chiffchaff and 3 scrotum's and motocross bike so didn't hang around. So made my way to the dam wall at Pitsford, again unusually quite so ventured down via Merry Tom lane to the Brampton Valley and the vintage railway line. Here's my route a 7.1 mile long detour.
I counted 5 separate Lesser Whitethroat adults mostly and one juvenile.
Lost count/interest in the most numerous (chiffchaff) when I heard calling and coming towards my way. Whinchat, out from the bean field 4 in total, this dodgy incoming Whinchat.
I heard a Cetti's Warbler which has to be the furthest I've heard one from the Nene Valley, I could hear it calling all the way along the meandering river and up to the station obviously the 19:30 to Northampton.
In the rapidly fading light I caught glimpse of three what I initially thought were Wood Warbler but obviously the fading light played tricks as it was three Willow Warblers, can't grumble.