One swallow does not a summer make…unless!

Neil\'s flint, not Helen\'s flint.
Neil's flint, not Helen's flint.

No plans for this weekend, so when Neil spotted that there were several ring ouzels at Ivinghoe Beacon (thanks to Lee Evans’s excellent bird blog) off we went on Saturday morning.  Headed up the path to the right of the Beacon itself, and counted 8 ring ouzels and two wheatear, which we watched for some time whilst the skylarks trilled away enthusiastically above us.  We then strolled up to the top of the Beacon, then on the descent I found a rather nice piece of worked flint. Not much about in the woods so we headed back to the car and off to the H cafe for coffee.

Wood violet
Wood violet

On Sunday Neil had heard that there was a grasshopper warbler at Startops reservoir so we had to see if we could find it.  No luck but we saw lots of other fellas, including our first swallow.  Three squabbling common terns, a yellow and various pied wagtails, linnets, little ringed plover?,goldfinch and marvellous views of a chiff chaff.