Saturday, 10 May 2008


Phew its a bit warm for May. Only a little bit of birding done today. Part of which was covering one of my two squares for the new BTO Atlas:

Not that there was much out of the ordinary around home, no Firecrest today. But seeing the reports of rarities seen around the country in recent days, I had to get over to check the quarry at Uttoxeter. I want to find my own Red-Footed Falcon, or Red-Rumped Swallow, or White-Winged Black Tern.

As it turned out, wasn't much out of the ordinary in Uttoxeter either:

7 Common Tern
1 Common Sandpiper
2 Oystercatcher
2 Yellowhammer
4 Goosander
1 Whitethroat

But if you don't try you won't find anything, and this is THE time of year to find something rare.

I've also spent a fair few hours on the computer. Entering my Staffordshire sightings for this year so far, onto Birdtrack:

And oh yes, I'm not going to Wembley. Burton Albion were knocked out of the play-offs by Cambridge United. Oh well, roll on next season. In the meantime there's plenty of cricket in the summer to look forward to. Oh, and Euro 2008 if anyone's bothered about that.

But most importantly of all, the Eurovision song contest is only two weeks away. Fingers crossed for the Irish Turkey!

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