Wheatear drying off post bathing.
Yellowhammer. All pics (c) P.BarkerA walk down from Beckley to the southern edge of Ashgrave gave lots of singing warblers. Best were three smart Wheatears in the newly harrowed field at the bottom of Church Lane. They were bathing in some puddles that are where springs emerge and they allowed a quite close approach. Also seen were two Ravens over the wood and a pair of Yellowhammers on the way back up the hill. I also saw a male Merlin carrying off a small bird.