In previous years the local rice paddy has very much been my bolt-hole for a brief hour here and there. However our new daughter and evening work commitments mean I rarely get the time to venture forth during weekdays. I did last night but not much to report: a female Pied Harrier flew over and I had decent views of an Oriental Reed Warbler but little else. The rice crop has been harvested recently so it is rather dry. I expect that we’ll see some kites and eagles over the next few weeks.