A humid and warm morning with clouds streaming toward the sun. Finely worked 'cloths of Heaven.'
Once in a while, there comes a gift of a bird, Heaven sent. Like the wheatear on the cover of Cumbrian Contrasts, and within. For over half an hour he perched, sunlit against a blue sky, shifting a little on his perch to show his wonderful breeding plumage in fresh lights, new aspects.
You can see his long tail, his yellow legs and feet, his yellow bill. And his finely, dark-barred white belly. Delighted to see and photograph him comparatively early in his breeding season. That gives me the chance of seeing him again and improving on these images. But you never know. Dedication only takes me so far. Chance and coincidence play a part too. So I'm glad to compare notes with my scouts as we share spring on Scout Scar, this wonderful and fearful spring of 2020.
All three of today's birds are spring migrants. The cuckoos season is shortest, he arrives in April and flies back to West Africa in early July. Since he plays no part in rearing his offspring he goes when his mating season is accomplished.