Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

Black Redstart, Beacon Hill, Leics.
When Steve Haynes phoned me up to say he'd found a Black Redstart, at Beacon Hill in Charnwood Forest I decided a change of scenery and a break from chasing Ring Ouzels in Warwickshire was just what was needed. It was a fine day to be birding in such lovely scenery. Beacon hill is a little rocky outcrop which attracts migrants every year but it is also quite popular so best visited early.
There were were a good number of other species around too; Wheatear, Yellow wagtail, Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipits and numerous Tree pipits. A very enjoyable mornings birding.
In the evening I went to see if any Woodcock were to be seen in display flights over the woodland around the Atherstone golf course area but none were seen.
Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black Restart

Black Redstart

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