Arrived at the 'Ouzel' yew at about 8.00 and a few other birders were there, but no sightings to date. I wandered around the flint mines and then up to the trig point and round about but apart from a few Mistle Thrushes, a couple of Fieldfares, an overflying Nuthatch (!),Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Linnet, Skylarks,Yellowhammers, Great and Blue Tits, a Raven I did not connect with my sought after bird!
I met up with a lady birder from Clymping whose name went straight out of my memory when I fell down a rabbit hole and lay spread eagled on the wet grass with tripod, camera, complete with Big Bertha(500mm Canon) smashing on top of me. Collecting my thoughts and my optical equipment we made our way back to the yew tree, meeting a couple on the way who said they had just had good views of 5 Ouzels!!
Having looked for a little while for any movement in the Yew tree the lady birder (SOS member, I believe) went in search around the flint mines, saying it would be 'just her luck' if the bird now turned up!! Three minutes later a Ring Ouzel suddenly appeared on an upper branch...wow...what a bird...a few shutter clicks later and it disappeared never to be seen again...and neither was the lady from Clymping! Here's what you missed.....what a shame!
A memorable morning, in more ways than one. ( I must now clean the grass and mud off my lens!)