Two views of the male Wheatear (top) and the female (bottom).
It's all work and no play at the moment so after work a trip to the recycling place on Whorral bank was a good excuse for a tramp around Pegswood moor. The former opencast 'crater' is not the best place for birds but it is a good place for Wheatears and today didn't disappoint with two flying around the boulders around the lake. The lake itself is filling up but it was lifeless today. Two Oystercatchers were on the shore and three Curlew in the fields to the West. Two Canada Geese were on the shallow pool on the other side of the road and a Buzzard circled overhead. Yesterday four Chiffchaffs were singing on my way to work with two each at Carlisle park and Cottingwood.