Monday, 10 August 2009
I Was There.............
Despite the result at Shrewsbury, a little piece of history was witnessed.
Sunday 9th August.
A lovely day to be out and about, what better excuse to miss the English shambles at Headlingley.
Uttoxeter Quarry, 9:15 - 11:30
What started as a stop along a hedgerow to take a piccy of one of these:
Out pops a Barn Owl from an adjacent bush! Weird, that happened last autumn in almost exactly the same spot. Also around were a Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Curlew and at least one Clouded Yellow. Probably my favourite butterfly, Burton Albion colours you see.
Onto Croxall next. Which had a rather weird sighting at this time of year, in the form of a juvenile Goldeneye.
A Little Egret was also around. As was (and I nearly forgot about this) a blonde in a bikini! The bikini was itsy-bitsy, and indeed teeny-weeny, but I didn't look closely enough to see if it was yellow and had polka dots. Being the gentleman that I am, I did avert my eyes! Seriously though, a young Polish couple were in the Croxall car park, trying to find somewhere to go for a swim. Please, please, please, don't go swimming in rivers or gravel pits!
Finishing off at Branston gravel pits, where there was a Hobby, 1 Golden Plover, 13 Curlew and 19 Shelduck.