Having seen that the Big Waters team had had a Spotty Fly of late, and never having had one on the patch ever, I consulted the Dalai Lama and asked for guidance. 'Go early in the morning. Seek the birds in the woods at the north end of West Hartford and Arcot' was his advice.
Well it was a dry, calm-ish and sunny evening so I thought I'd give it a try in Arcot, as failure would at least allow yet another perusal of the Garganey and Shovellers and who knows what else.
Without donning the orange robes, off anti-clockwise and into the NW corner of the NW field and despite the sun in my eyes, some wee birds in and out of the hedge tops. Moving so as to get a good view, sun from the left, and voila! And FOUR of them!
I must admit, whilst the Black Kite was good, this was, dare I say, along with the Redstart, better; and a few half-decent images too. It doesn't get much better. I am a patch birding addict and will need some therapy at some stage.