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Hoopoe, Redstart and Fieldfare- Ampleforth

An inspiring morning! Went out early to sketch redstarts, found a beautiful male singing despite the chilly easterly breeze and mist. He was accompanied by a couple of whitethroats, yellowhammer and stock doves. Back home for breakfast and I was alerted by the “chack, chack” call of a very late fieldfare opposite the house, at the same time a lesser whitethroat started singing in the garden, a garden first. An hour later at 8.55am a hoopoe appeared from the field in front of the house landed on a telegraph pole for about ten seconds then departed north east. This was my first hoopoe seen in Britain and although brief I was left stunned by the sight of this gorgeous bird. Fortunately my wife and older son also managed to see it. What a memorable morning and all before 9am!

Hoopoe, 27th April- watercolour in sketchbook, from memory.
Hoopoe, 27th April- watercolour in sketchbook, from memory.