Sandwich Bay Obs had an open day yesterday so we went down for a look. It's actually quite a long way to Sandwich and given Rob's poor getting-up skills we weren't underway super-early. Got there about lunchtime, I guess. It was a very breezy day, quite cloudy too. Not much for me and the BigMac to photograph - everything below is Rob's.
We had a nose around the obs building, lingering by a selection of moths in little plastic pots. Some I recognised (Garden Tiger, Poplar Hawkmoth), others I didn't, but a friendly bearded moth-man came along and told me what they were, and let me hold one of the Poplar Hawkmoths until he (the moth) started doing warm-up wing-buzzing, then it was time to quickly put him back in his pot.
We went back after that, and got in the car moments before the downpour began. We went to Oare, really at my insistence, even though it was really blattering down hard within minutes. However, the forecast had said this would happen, and not to worry because it would all be fine later. And so it was - when we reached Oare the rain had ceased and the sun was breaking through the thinning clouds. It was still very, very windy though.
We'd not been there for long when everything went up - clearly a raptor was around. Peering through the swirling mass of birds, I finally discerned a pointy-winged outline - not the Peregrine I'd expected but a Hobby, which seemed to be hurling itself very fast at godwits, gulls and other unsuitably large fare. Then I got onto its real target - a Starling, frantically trying to veer out of harm's way. The Hobby made a breathtakingly close grab for it, missed and then it was over - Hobby going one way, everything else the other.