Wheatears on Crook Peak


We were up on the peak early this morning looking for a handful of Ring Ouzels that had been sighted on the South escarpment. They don’t usually show this far West but had been blown this way by the strong Easterly winds. Needless to say the Ouzels were somewhere else this morning.

What we did manage to see this morning were dozens of migratory Wheatear arriving for the breeding season. A little larger than a Robin and continually active on the ground, where they feed on insects and other invertebrates, these delightful little birds were busy feeding and establishing nesting territories amongst the rocky outcrops around the top of Crook Peak.

Male Wheatear (Oenanthe Oenanthe)
Male Wheatear (Oenanthe Oenanthe)

Author: Hares on the Hill

I am a designer and photographer. I live with my wife and our two dogs in the Welsh Marches, a land full of history, legends, mountains, rivers and dragon's breath; a place where animism thrives. To our north are the Cambrian Mountains, the Elenydd, a vast plateau so ancient that its mountains now have the appearance of steeply rounded moorland hills; to the east is England; to the south stand the Black Mountains and in the west the Brecon Beacons rise around the twin summits of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, the highest mountain in West Wales.

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