Monday, 25 April 2011

A Cushty Easter

I won't go on and on, but a round up of what's been seen over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

A decent start on Thursday evening, in the form of a male Whinchat on the edge of the JCB grounds in Cheadle. Good job there's a footpath along the edge.

Not much birding was done on Good Friday and Saturday. After Tuesday evening's excitement, Uttoxeter Quarry had quietened down a bit. Two each of Curlew and Dunlin, but the first Lesser Whitethroat had arrived. Then another check of Hawksmoor, where there was a nice and showy male Redstart.

More time spent outside on Sunday, however. Uttoxeter Quarry again, with Garden Warbler and Reed Warbler to add, plus now 3 Lesser Whitethroats. 2 Common Terns around Blithfield causeway, with 7 Wigeon and 6 Goldeneye in Tad Bay, 19 Shelduck and a Sedge Warbler in Blithe Bay.

And today, a wander round the North Staffs Moors. With a dashing Hobby and a few Wheatears amongst the usual moorland fayre.

And an aside. It's very sad that we've lost John Sullivan from this world, the writing genius behind Only Fools and Horses. The man that gave the phrase "Bonnet De Douche" to the world. I don't know why that tickles me, I don't think it means anything in French.

Everyone remembers Del Boy falling through the bar, and the chandelier falling down. But I always enjoyed this bit. If there's an annoying advert for Sky at the beginning, stick with it.

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