A whinchat: a new bird for my records. One that I had anticipated bumping into eventually but, nevertheless, very pleasing. The morning mist was still hanging so photography was not easy, as demonstrated below. As I tried to improve on shots taken, I noted a 2nd bird close by, another whinchat. This one, either a first year bird or female as it didn't show the bright supercillium of the first bird. Excellent stuff.
Apart from this; mallards, corvids, green woodpecker and a chiffchaff were about the sum total of birds seen on the course, with hedgerow birds added as I wandered back home.
This bird becomes the 105th species I have recorded in the parish.
|initial view in murky conditions 6.45a.m.|
|adult male showing diagnostic tail feathers. 1st year bird or female perched|