I had my first patch year tick in a while today: Tree Pipit. A calling bird flew west this morning. This is exactly the same date as the first autumn bird last year. I was also pleasantly surprised to see a 1st-winter Wheatear near Canons Farmhouse - the first of the autumn, and just over two months since the last bird of the spring. At least forty Swallows (a conservative estimate - could well have been many more), a couple of House Martins and at least eleven Swifts also flew through.