We've had a few reports of a number of Ring Ouzels around Bucks recently, so I decided I'd go and see if I could find one.
Bright and early, I headed off to Ivinghoe Beacon; a place where some have been sighted.
It was still dark when I left the car in the car park, and made my way down the path, to the steep climb up to the Beacon. And fog was here too.
It slowly got light as I began the walk upwards, and suddenly, up in the distance, three Ring Ouzels were seen in the murk of the fog. A quick bit of video, before they disappeared from sight.
I was almost at the summit, and the sun was climbing in the sky, and looking promising.
The fog seemed to be receding, and the sound of Skylarks was filling the air, as they steadily climbed upwards.
I reached the top, but no view was to be had. The fog seemed to suddenly have got thicker, and dropped like a blanket over the landscape.
Down in the sheep field, it wasn't too bad, and a group of lambs were eyeing me with some amusement.
But higher up, in the trees, a couple of Ring Ouzels were sat, also cautiously eyeing up this intruder.
At least I managed some pictures, even though they weren't that clever.
A Meadow Pipit appeared, and sat in one of the trees,
and another Ouzel landed in the sheep field,
which by now seemed to be attracting more fog.
I waited. Surely this fog can't last. I was getting desperate to get some half decent pictures.
It slowly began to clear, until I finally managed a fog free picture.
And one even sat in a tree, sunning himself for a while.
That's more like it, I thought.
Down with the sheep, a couple of Wheatears were bobbing along in the distance.
And the Skylarks were still singing.
The number of Ring Ouzels suddenly increased from 3 to about a dozen. They seemed to be everywhere.
And the Meadow Pipits seemed to be out in force too.
Finally I began to get some pictures of my target bird I was pleased with.
Eventually I left, feeling very happy. I made my way back down the hill, and headed for some scrub on the way to the car park.
Willow Warblers were calling merrily in the sunshine now, and I managed a few pictures of these lovely little birds.
Almost back at the car park, and I found a sign that made me smile.
Do we really have to warn people about this sort of thing?
I mean, come on, if it ain't yours, leave it!!
And then I spotted a group of people with binoculars and scopes.
"Are you looking for the Ouzels?" I enquired.
I pointed them in the direction where I'd seen a dozen, but the 'leader' of the group was adamant he was going 'his' way.
The wrong way.
Aaaaaa, 'grown ups'.
Enjoy your weekend.