As I mentioned in my previous post once the saga of the shed was solved I managed to get out for a spot of bird watching.
I'd been reading on the local bird reports that a few migrants had turned up around Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire so decided to take a look.
It was chilly and rather blustery (as it invariably is around the beacon) with some long sunny periods between the rather dark and threatening clouds. I soon located the birds exactly where they had been reported to be, unfortunately I came upon them rather abruptly and they took flight and went into hiding in the nearby bushes. I thought if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me and concealed myself as best I could with a good view over the area where the birds had been. I didn't have to wait long before they returned affording good if a little distant views.
|Stonechat Female or Juvenile?|
And finally.... a lifer for me, a Female Whinchat
Amongst some of the more common birds I saw where a large charm of Goldfinch feeding on thistle heads, a large flock of Meadow Pipits feeding in a recently tilled field, a Green Woodpecker and a hunting Kestrel. Also on the wing were Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Small Heath butterflies.
All in all an enjoyable, if rather blustery, few hours birding.