The wader theme continued into this month with a splendid moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper at Pennington Marshes (4th) that still had a nice amount of red on the breast. The sea was comparatively much quieter with just 3 Manx Shearwaters from Milford-on-sea the same morning despite some promising looking winds. Remarkably Junes Night Heron also reappeared in the same place along Lower Pennington Lane, much to the delight of those who missed it first time round (Alan Lewis), but remained elusive with its wing only on view.
Highlight of the day came from inland, with a last ditch attempt for Honey Buzzards in the county just before I headed off to Greece. The weather wasn't ideal; reasonably strong winds and heavily overcast with a good chance of rain early afternoon but Lee and I gave it a couple of hours anyway. Nothing. Not even a Buzzard or Goshawk, but just as we were packing up a large bird of prey flew in from the far right, classic arched winged profile as it swung round and continued across the valley where it then decided to land on a conifer providing us with the best views of a Honey Buzzard either of us had every had. The light-phase male balanced for a good 5 minutes before dropping down into the canopy. Unfortunately neither of us thought about grabbing a couple of shots before it did so!!
The wind and rain gave way to glorious sunshine the next day and enabled me the opportunity to try again for another of my targets this year; Purple Emporer. I visited a site already stacked out where I had previously seen a good candidate but all too briefly, this time however I managed several good views of a female not only in flight but also perched! Also of note were several Silver-washed Fritillary.