This morning I had to pop over to see my parents who live in Halesowen and on the way back I decided to pop to the Clent Hills in North Worcestershire. This a place I used to frequent during migration periods when I lived round that way and is a well known spot to pick up passage Ring Ouzels.
There was no sign of any Ouzels but the visit wasn't a waste as I found 2 stunning male Northern Wheatears. I've attached a crappy record shot but the combination of heat haze and wind meant the photos really weren't up to much.
This whet my appetite so I then decided to check out all the likely areas of Shenstone. As per the past few days there wasn't a sniff of Wheatear. I did however record 5 singing Chiffchaffs around the patch and the 2 Curlew were still present. Other than that it was pretty much deadstone...still next week may bring some new birds in.
Northern Wheatear - Clent, 2nd April 2011: