Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Drive-by Stonechat

Water End nr Hemel: After Wheatears in the sun yesterday, it was a Stonechat in the rain today…viewed from the car. I’m no fool.

I had commitments for much of the day, so my first chance to see if the bird reported earlier was still about was after 16:30, just as the rain moved in. I parked up and scanned the fence line from the car. Well marked, spring male Stonechats stand out like daisies on a hillside. There he was, jet black head, brilliant white collar and that warm orange-russet chest. Even through the murk and pouring rain he was stunning. I watched him fly down to the farmed field and return with a whopper of a worm. That soon disappeared and he continued to work his way along the fence line until he was as near as he ever got to the car. I watched him a while longer and then called it a night. Crossing my fingers he might still be around tomorrow….in the sunshine.

6 comments:

  1. Great to have you back blogging Lucy!

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    1. Thank you Steve. I should have known it would be the Wheatears to coax me out of the shadows, the rascals.
      P.S eyes on the skies for solitary Surrey Gadwall today!

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  2. A sensible idea indeed Lucy. The heating on and a flask and I would've been very happy.

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    1. lol, with the hours you spend waiting for little Odonata to emerge, I reckon you know what you’re talking about Marc!

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  3. That's what I would call comfort birding.
    John.

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