Saturday 6th June. Uttoxeter Quarry, 14:50 - 17:30.
........and not just because of England losing to Holland in the World Twenty20! As they say on the news just before giving the football results, look away now!
There, that was harmless wasn't it? Oh eck, who let these Ruddy Shelduck out? The bird's name that is, not using a mild swear word just to describe Shelduck! In any case, whether they've flown from JCB's collection at Rocester, or feral birds from continental Europe. It's just not the same after watching them at Bharatpur, somewhere they belong.
Also around the quarry were 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Dead-Legged Partridge and 5 Buzzards.
Sunday 7th June, Belvide Reservoir, 12:45 - 14:15.
What a wet morning! Although it does have it's advantages, keeping the pollen down mainly. And it can bring the odd bird down somewhere. In particular today at Belvide, where a splendid summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank appeared.
Bit distant for my scope, but at least you can make out it's a classy summer-plumaged bird. It was also good to chat with Steve Nuttall and Bernie Smith whilst in the west end hide.
Uttoxeter Quarry, 15:00 - 17:20.
It stopped raining at Belvide, so time to head towards home. Andy had found 15 Black-Tailed Godwits at the quarry in the morning, so I wanted to visit at some point during the day. Thankfully they were still around in the afternoon, along with 17 Ringed Plovers and 3 Dunlin.
Orange isn't so bad after all, it just depends what bird it's on.