Well, I've done a few miles this morning. A thorough search of Steps Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon produced very little, no Rouzels and again no Wheatears. The best I could manage was another new GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, the third here in just over a week. Clearly new in, it was gving short bursts of song but was generally quiet although the sun and the time of day might have played a factor in this.
This bird is on the bottom ( Western path ) on Steps Hill, from the S bend in the road, take the low path for 150 metres, bird on right. There was a Garden Warbler in the same area.
If you're going to try for the Gropper, this evening is probably best.