I made many trips and travelled many miles in search of a Whinchat in the Spring of this year, and all to no avail. I didn't find any on passage or at a trusted site for breeding. I had all but given up seeing one this year. Until that is I saw reports of them on the move again, and they were starting to move down off the hills. I had somewhere that usually gets the odd Redstart and Stonechat passing through at this time of year, and so I thought I'd go and take a walk and see if there was any sign. I checked the usual fence lines and bushes, but no sign of any Whinchats. In fact there was very little of interest about.
I hopped over a style and carried on my walk towards the River Dean. Plenty of Swallows were around and the juveniles were resting on the fence wires. I took a cursory look through the binoculars across a wheat field, when I caught sight of a bird zipping over the top. I got a good look at it, and long enough to rule out Reed Bunting and Meadow Pipit that can be in the area. I thought it might be a Stonechat, but then it popped up on top of the crop. This was a Whinchat!! I'd actually forgotten to look for one by this stage, so it was real delight to see one. Only issue was that I didn't had ;eft my camera in the car.
I walked all the way back to get it and returned. Thankfully, it was still there and I was able to get a few pictures. Another good year tick.
I have never heard of a whinchat and wonder if we have them here. They are very pretty little birds.ReplyDelete
Such beautiful photos of this Whinchat.ReplyDelete
I don't know this species.
Photo 2 is very beautiful.
Congrats on your sighting of the Whinchat, you were able to take some great photos of this cute bird too. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend!
You show once again that a camera should always be viewed as part of one's arm!ReplyDelete
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I'm glad the bird was still there when you returned. Beautiful photos.ReplyDelete
You got some sweet shots of it!ReplyDelete
It makes it all the sweeter! What a beautiful bird!ReplyDelete
I'd never heard of this bird, but it is so sweet - just adorable.ReplyDelete
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I've never heard of a whincat but he is beautifulReplyDelete
A beautiful bird new to me.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing…