Does anybody know any reliable sites in Cheshire or Derbyshire, (and at a push even Lancashire), where I could see Whinchat? I know it's not a fantastically rare bird in NW England, and I have seen them in the UK before, but not since 2004. It's become a bit of a bogey bird for me to be honest!
I have been to several sites recently that are supposed to have them and they do indeed have what appears to be the correct habitat, and at the correct time of year, but no Whinchats! Any advice would be appreciated.
Whilst we're on the subject of Bogey Birds, I have the same issues with Lesser (bloody!) Whitethroats, and Common Cuckoos if anyone can help! I hear many Cuckoos but have only ever seen flyovers, I'd love to see a perched bird!