Over the last couple of days I have tried to see a Red-footed Falcon which was reported at Rutland Water but seemingly didn't show to the majority of the local birders and I think a piece of string was involved?! However I did see a couple of year ticks in the form of a lovely Wood Sandpiper on Lagoon 4 and a Hobby over Lagoon 3 (or was it a distant Red footed Falcon?;-]).
Following this I return to familiar surroundings and back to the local patch and three good year ticks. The first was a Hobby hunting over Watermead CP North on the 28th. Then yesterday I found a corking Black Tern feeding over King Lear's lake, Watermead CP North briefly mid afternoon and then moving on to Cossington Meadows to see if any migrants had dropped in due to the weather conditions?
Although most of the reserve was quiet, Hobley Lake was a little gold mine when it came to migrants. Over a period of an hour and half I saw a brief Sandwich Tern flying through the valley, another Black Tern, a Yellow Wagtail feeding at the back of the scrape, 2 Ringed Plovers, at least twelve Common Terns and a mobile Common Sandpiper all in one place!!
So the moral of this story is that sometimes it's just not worth twitching dodgy birds and sticking to your local patch some times pays dividends for being in the right place at the right time?!