Once you've made it up to here...
You're treated to this. There's over one hundred of them, and your still not at the top.
Wheatears at last!
I didn't see any more birds on Beer Head at first, apart that is for a few small flocks of Meadow Pipits going over. I was just approaching The Dell, checking for Adders in the adjacent field when I spotted what looked like a male Ring Ouzel, it was a long way off but unmistakable, it was definitely a Ring Ouzel. My first spring one on Beer Head. There were also at least eight more Wheatears here. I skirted around The Dell hoping not to flush it. I took a distant record shot but it soon flew out of sight. I sent out a text to the local birders but couldn't wait for them as I needed to get home. I was very relieved when I heard that they had relocated it in a small copse in the centre of The Dell. It's really nice to find something others want to twitch, I'm afraid I don't oblige very often.
My stunning record shot... must do better.
I put off doing a few chores (getting my priorities right) and headed back up to Beer Head with my scope hoping for a digiscoping opportunity. Gav was still there and he had recently enjoyed good views but the bird had gone to ground again. After waiting about twenty minutes or so it popped out again and fed in the open for quite a while until flushed by a dog-walker.
It had distinctive white spots on either side of it's head
Very handsome indeed!
My find of the year! .....So far :-)