Fast forward 17 years from the Cu Chi tunnels through the gorse behind South Stack (who knew Ho Chi Minh City was actually on Anglesey?) and all that “was it/wasn’t it” – there I was again staring into spiky dense cover at dawn this morning.
This time though the Grey Catbird started perching out in the open almost as soon as the sun hit the brambles and them berries began glowing red in the fields behind Treeve Moor House near Land’s End, from about 0725.
Melting into cover for worryingly longish periods, the Catbird finally took to basking in the morning’s rays in the well-watched Willow clump once the light changed from cold and grey to warm and yellowy green…
Lovely views of it through the branches in the hard light though.
Whenever the Cat dropped out of sight, reasonable Vis Mig was a happy distraction – Brambling, Chaffinch, Siskin, Redwing, Fieldfare, Skylarks, Snipe and clouds of Stock Doves zoomed by, while a Short Eared Owl was patrolling the area and Black Redstart, Robins, Dunnocks and Wrens flicked amongst the vegetation.
Finally, many thanks to Chris Tynan and Squeaky John, who made the infinite drive down (and all the way back up again) to the last bit at the bottom simply fly by with their splendid company.