A clear morning with a light westerly wind.
A time of year when you’re out hoping for that one bird to make a difference. Like most birders out there, I’d been hoping to run into one of these and after several friends had been successful and somewhat prematurely, I’d begun to feel my luck was out. That was until I had to bring the car to a screeching halt as I (to my disbelief) saw this in the pub carpark. After hastily abandoning the car on the verge I rushed back to confirm it wasn’t an apparition, there really was a pristine Rosy Starling walking around in there! Unfortunately my time with this beauty was brief as someone opened the door of their camper van flushing the bird which headed north, not to be seen again. A long over due “self find” and a much desired bird for the site. It was the first spring adult I’ve seen and it didn’t disappoint.
The preceding days had mostly been spent wandering the site in the mornings thinking about the above, the only bird of note was a lone Crossbill feeding in the pines at Birling on the 3rd of June.
Crossbill at Birling