Today we had a trip up to Ivinghoe Beacon
Glorious sunshine, and proper temperatures for a summersday.
Some really good birds can be found around here and the surrounding area, especially this time of the year with all the migrants arriving.
It's also a good place for watching various raptors.
Plenty of Meadow Pipits here too.
After a good walk around and having our fill of the sounds of various warblers in the bushes and Skylark high in the sky, we made our way towards Pitstone Hill.
Towards the car park
Quite a long walk, but worth it to hear more Skylarks.
It's also a good place to find the red listed Corn Bunting.
Then it was back across the fields towards Incombe Hole.
A steep descent, and you'll find yourself in a great place to relax and listen to the sounds around you .................. if you can block out the noise of the jets flying overhead to Luton Airport.
On a good sunny morning there are plenty of butterflies to be found too.
Another time though. Whisky was thinking about heading home after 4 hours in the sun and it's a tough climb back up; especially for me.
I must add this.
Recently a Black-headed Wagtail has been seen at RSPB Titchwell.
This prompted a post in the Bucks local bird group, which went ..........
Apparently the recent Black-headed Wagtail at Titchwell was found by a couple on holiday from Bucks. Anyone know who they might be? Dawn Balmer is trying to find their names per twitter.
I had to chuckle at this. I mean why would you need to know who they are?
Will they be getting a prize? Does it mean that because they came from Bucks, it counts as a half record for Bucks?
For goodness sake, some birders are a strange lot.
It seems we have our fair share here in Bucks, because another message relayed today was;
06/5 11:20 : Probable Wryneck : Little Marlow GP.
In the bushes opposite the small cottages on the approach path just before the gravel pit. A shape moving in the bushes and a strong clear peep peep peep ringing call.
Another birder arrived and heard the bird which had relocated in the bushes beside the last cottage on the right. He felt it was a young bird of an unknown species. I mentioned Wryneck but he was unsure. When I reached home I played recordings on Xeno-canto. Completley convinced it was this species.
Oh, so many probables and might bees.