Sunday, 19 June 2011

And it's all going quiet over 'ere

Well, you can tell spring is over now. My birding's been very quiet over the last couple of days. Other than YL Gull at Uttoxeter Quarry, Common Tern at the JCB lakes in Rocester, and some Yellowhammers in some farmland near Cheadle, that's been has good as it's got.

Bit of a culture shock actually, because the spring passage was so good here. By local standards anyway, I'm sure someone from Norfolk reading this would be laughing. Hopefully things will pick up soon.

Either side of last week's dipping of the White-throated Robin, there were a couple of birds to look at. First one was a female Red-breasted Merganser at Uttoxeter Quarry. I had a quick look at it, didn't stay long because of the pollen, suffering quite badly at the time. Andy got this picture though.

Then last Monday evening, had a look at the snoozing Spoonbill at Blithfield. Snoring away in Tad Bay, I think one or two birders have done that in the past!

One thing I have been doing recently, while things on the birding front have been rather quiet, and to keep away from pollen, is catching up on the podcasts of the Talking Naturally website. I've found them very enjoyable so far, informative and entertaining.

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