I was up to my neck in dust and rubble at the new house in West Farleigh on tuesday when I got a text from Terry Laws saying he'd just found a Wryneck in the east scrub at New Hythe. It was some time before I was able to make the twenty minute dash to the lakes to try and see it for myself. My failure to locate it was disappointing to say the least, especially since I have never seen one anywhere, let alone at my local patch.
I managed to get back down on wednesday morning in the hope that it had booked an overnight stay and soon bumped into Terry and then Jerry and we spent maybe an hour or so searching the area. Eventually my east west zigzag across the scrub paid off when a bird flew low into a bush to my left and I was soon watching my first ever Wryneck. Terry, Jerry and another birder from London joined me and over the next half hour or so we were treated to much better views of this slightly mysterious little bird.
No pictures to brighten this short post because I just haven't been able to get out lately due to the new house, where, incidentally, I have recently seen three Buzzards circling quite low. I hope things settle down soon and I can get back to business as usual!