Blustery and showery afternoon with mist on and off in between just one or two bright spells.
21 Cananda Geese
20+ Meadow Pipits and a single Skylark with them feeding in the grassland
1 Lapwing on the mud
1 B H Gull >N
Red Grouse vocal
I tried at Slade, checking the piles of rubble and stones for yesterdays Black Redstart and 2 Wheatears. No luck there at all after nearly an hour so on leaving I checked the walls at Withens Head Farm (opposite the wind-farm car park) viewing from the road with binoculars and scope. Just as the weather improved I spotted a bird flitting about on a wall near the farm with a single Wheatear and there it was again- the Black Redstart. Too distant for a any photos but I got it through the scope pretty well. Don't think it's an adult male - maybe a juvenile male (?) but need better views to confirm.
I went away well pleased with the afternoons outcome !
Hope someone else can get it before it moves on - a good idea to try find the Wheatear/s with whom it seems to associate though it is pretty elusive and more or less the same colour as the dry stone walls (except for its tail) !