Oh, out of the World Cup but deservedly so. Don't see any point in pointing the finger at the players or manager, but just a sad reflection on the state of our "wonderful" English Premier League.
Anyway. Yesterday I was itching to get out and do some birding. On the whole it's all a bit quiet at the moment, but there were the seven Avocets at Branston Gravel Pits to have a look at. Three of them being juveniles.
It's interesting to know where they may have come from. Logic would dictate that they're from Upton Warren in Worcestershire. A well-known site for a few pairs of Avocets these days, where they appear to have left early due to disturbance by foxes. You might say a bit of self preservation society for these Avocets.
But if they are from elsewhere. One thought I have is that there are so many inaccessible gravel workings all along the Trent valley, heading into Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It would be easy for them to go un-noticed.