My tripod head is all fixed, thanks to the good people at the Birdnet Optics shop in Buxton. It was really good of them to lend me a spare.
Sunday 9th May.
Not a particularly full-on birding day today, but another visit to Hawksmoor was made first after a text from Andy, saying he found a Spotted Flycatcher there. Which took a bit of finding but I managed to see it, albeit briefly. Also a Wood Warbler, 2 Tree Pipits and at least 2 Redstarts around.
Then a very productive visit to Uttoxeter Quarry next. Which included 3 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Goosander, Yellow Wagtail and a good array of Warblers. Buoyed by this little triumph I thought it would be worth checking Branston and Croxall Gravel Pits. But in truth this was a surprising disappointment. Best I could manage were 16 Shelduck at Branston and 3 Common Terns at Croxall.
As for the blog title, don't worry, I'm not so daft as to start politicising my blog. But there are occasions where I find politics absolutely fascinating. Well, I really mean the all back-stabbing and the auctioneering being offered to Nick Clegg. The first event was when Maggie Thatcher was booted out in 1990, then his Tonyness sweeping to power in 1997. But this general election tops it all.
At the time of writing, Gordon Brown has just decided that he will resign. Which in a way is a shame, especially for the following terrible gag. But as The Stranglers used to say, Never a Frown with Gordon Brown.