don't forget to check the phone or pager (23 June Bee-eaters)
Usually when I get in from work I put my phone and pager on the side and settle down to do whatever. Monday was no exception and it wasn't until I was going to bed after 23:00 that I thought to check them. Thee and earlier 10 Bee-eaters near Glynde on the pager and a missed call and text from Jake (thanks for trying, much appreciated). Oh no, what an idiot, why have a pager if you are not going to look at it!! I didn't sleep well, woke at 03:00 was still awake at 04:00 so got up and went. I arrived at Little Dene at 04:50 not exactly sure where to go but was returning from my first wander around when I noticed four sitting on wires at 05:00. From then until about 06:15 at least eight were roosting in a large tree, at times quite vocal, making occasional sallies and catching bees with an apparent ease. A little later they started flying west across the open field to settle on wires and we counted nine and then on two occasions ten. At 06:34 they all flew up, first nine then the tenth, gaining hight and disappearing very high against the sun to the northeast. A fantastic experience for the ten birders who witnessed it, our sympathies lie with Alan Kitson who arrived 10 minutes too late.
Nine (of the ten) Bee-eaters and a rather bewildered Mistle Thrush