Sunday, 1 July 2012

Heavens to Murgatroyd, it's an Ozzy!

Without one particular bird this afternoon, I don't think I would've any blogging this evening.  No birding done yesterday due to some much-needed housework, and today just a usual check of Uttoxeter Quarry.

A scan through the Lesser Black-backed Gulls had a Yellow-legged Gull with them, 3rd summer or a near-adult anyway.  Then they all took off.  Whilst looking through all the gulls in the air another large bird was descending from the sky.  But this was no gull, it was only an Osprey, wayhey!

It had a fly around the gravel pit, landed briefly a couple of times.  I for one was very pleased to see it, which can't be said for the Common Terns and Oystercatchers!

Then after a failed attempt to catch a fish, the Osprey steadily gained height, drifted off south-east and into Derbyshire.  It's strange that after seeing loads of Ospreys in Cape May, I can still get really excited about one close to home.  Also around this afternoon, completing a decent selection for July 1st were 8 Common Sandpipers, 7 Common Terns, 2 Redshank and 2 Raven.

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