Up with the lark then, followed by the usual tramp about in the half dark until it eventually gets light enough to see properly!
|Bleary early morning ear|
However, it was Old Spoons that turned up the goods today, with a fine ortolan bunting in the mahoosive beet field down the top lane. Coincidentally the very same field where I had my first one at Galley back in Sept 2010. Time was against me this morning, but a hoof around this pm proved fruitful, once I twigged that the bird I was looking at wasn't a meadow pipit! The old "should have brought the camera" adage also crossed my mind, so here's a record shot courtesy of Old Spoons himself.
|Ortolan, Galley Head, Courtesy C Cronin|