I nearly called this blog entry "Two-Bar Blues". But I'm not one to dwell on missed twitching opportunities. But at the time of writing, it looks like the Two-Barred Crossbill at The Lodge (in Sandy Beds) has done a bunk.
In any case, it's Easter time, extra birding time. A quick check of Uttoxeter Quarry after work, on a bitterly cold Thursday evening produced my first Swallows of the year. Thirteen of them, along with 2 Sand Martins, and must've been wondering why they bothered to return just now.
Also around was a female Scaup, 2 Shelduck, 5 Goosander, 4 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sandpipers.
Friday 2nd April.
What was good about this Friday? It was a foul day, weather wise. That was until about 4pm. As the rain started to clear I did a little twitch mission into The Potteries.
First port of call was Park Hall Country Park. Thankfully a passing dog walker pointed a roosting Long-eared Owl out to me, roosting away in a different tree to where I've seen them in previous years. This blob in the tree is, would you believe, a Long-eared Owl.
Then onto the mighty Berryhill Fields, which is gaining a fine reputation as an inland migration watchpoint. Being surrounded by the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and accessible to lots of birders, must help as well. A pair of Ring Ouzels (or is it Ousels?) a male and female, were proving popular, none more so than with me.