Sorry more misquoting Oscar Wilde there but Oscar, if you’re unhappy, sue me!
I started my day more in hope thae expectation by looking for yesterdays Grey Phalarope at Swithland Reservoir. As expected it had either flown or gone the way of most phalaropes at Switho – eaten by a Pike.
I decided that Rutland Water might be a good place to visit after a strong Northerly blow. My optimism was again mispalced. I did catch up with the two LEOs but they were even more difficult to see than last Friday. Gadwall hide had just one Black-necked Grebe showing, they’ve moved to Goldeneye I’m led to understand.
On my walk back to the centre I had a message from Andy Brett that the Black Redstart was showing well at Home Farm in Exton. A quick coffee and I was making my way round there. The Black Redstart was indeed showing well and rather than the usual mousy-brown female/1W types we normally see this was a stunning male.
A lot of people ask me what’s my favourite bird and I’m always a bit stuck for an answer. Shrikes are probably my favourite group closely followed by the Redstart clan. Black Redstart is a particular favourite and my dream bird and the bird I would most like to find in Britain is Daurian Redstart.
After refueling at the teashop at Gates Garden Centre in Cold Overton, I made my way over to Cossington Meadows for my SEO fix. Whilst waiting I had a chance to photograph a flock of Long-tailed Tit. Failing light and restless little little buggers rendered most shots unusable but this one was ok.
As usual the Barn Owl and Short-eared Owls proved impossible to photograph but this sunset didn’t.
Other decent birds were a pair of Bullfinch and a dashing male Sparrowhawk.