Thursday, 2 March 2017
Eight nervy Stonechats
My first visit to Priest Hill in over a week. We are now well into 'Stonechat Spring Passage' time, and as I entered the meadows my expectations were for at least three of these little beauties, and if the count reached six or above then I would be very happy indeed - the final tally was of eight, all together in a loose flock, with three of them males (including a very smart individual). They were all a bit nervy, and try as I might, I wasn't able to obtain any worthwhile photographs (which leaves you free from being inflicted with yet more Stonechat porn). A flock of 20 Fieldfare (one of them above) crept about the large meadow, playing hide and seek in amongst the grass, with a flock of 40 Stock Dove nearby. The wind died down during the afternoon and the temperature rose in response. It did indeed feel like Spring. I am full of hope that this site will repay frequent visits in the coming weeks.