I’ve seen Stonechats before, most recently on Trendlebere Down in South Devon. They are very handsome birds, and their insistent habit of sounding like two stones being knocked together means even I can tell them from the sound they make.
Today I’m at Bowling Green Marsh near Exeter and there’s one in the bushes. It’s spotted me. What a beautiful bird:
As with many supposedly dull brown birds, they get more and more beautiful the closer you get to them.
Its orange shades with these pale pinkish spring buds make a lovely contrast: