I took a spin up to Offaly as I had to find Whinchat for my yearly list, and one of the best places to see them is the Shannon Callows. I`ve had them here the last 5 years and heard their numbers have being dropping over the last couple of years and was a little worried they might not be around. When I arrived I was even more worried as we have had a lot of rain (2 and half time more then any other June on record) last month and the callows been a flood plain was flooded. But there was still some dry patches and I set off in search of Whinchat. After an hour looking I finally found 3 birds 2 males and 1 female. One of the males was in good voice and I enjoyed listening to him sing. I also had snipe calling, a Blackcap having a bath in a pool of water and 2 Redpolls in full summer plumage chasing each other in and out of the bushes along with 10 or more Reed Bunting and many Sedge Warblers. So after here I headed for Boora Parklands in search of insects and of course Grey Partridge. I had 9 Grey Partridges in total including 5 chicks. So even though I was dodging showers all day it was still a great day out and I`ll leave you with some of my snaps.