Rubbish?

Well Almost.

Stung by Dave Gray getting himself mixed up with a cracking County bird – the Kentish Plover – I had to head down to the Soar Valley yesterday to try for something myself. On the way round I stopped of at Watermead South to see if the fugitive from DEFRA’s law was still present. It wasn’t at least I didn’t see it, maybe the Atlantic style breakers on the main lake that had been whipped up by the wind had forced it to shelter/flee.

Cossington Meadows was even worse, well with the exception of an Osprey that drifted Northwest as I started up the track. More interestingly, as I scoped the Osprey was the revelation that at least 20 ‘white’ Butterflies (they looked pretty much like Large White) were migrating, taking a steady path SE. They were flying at a height of about 20m and strung out in a line. I stayed and scanned for a while longer but no others moved through. More vismigging in action.

There was bugger all else around. Passage waders consisted of one juvenile Ringed Plover on Tern Pool. A Snipe was also present on Upper Marsh but that was about it. No sign of the Spotted Crake either.

Disappointed I headed off home via the Melton Road and Ambica Sweet Mart. Leigh had asked for a bit of Dokra but I also spent a small fortune on a good range of Indian savouries… my favourites being a couple of ‘bombs’ and a couple of stuffed chillies.

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10 responses to “Rubbish?

  1. You may have condemned the Blue billed lothario to its death by innocently listing it on your Bubo listing on your front page.

  2. thedrunkbirder

    I reckon they’re all well fucked anyway!

  3. David Gray

    Bloody Hell John, you kept the sighting of the Osprey quiet!? ;-]

  4. thedrunkbirder

    Wasn’t much point in disturbing your beauty sleep and they are hardly exciting nowadays thanks to the releases.

  5. Marcus Lawson

    Hello John,
    Apologies for taking a while to reply to your question as to wether or not I will be visiting the Shetland Isles this Autumn. I’m happy to reply in the positive and have a week booked from the 25th Sept. Have you any plans?

    One of my local pubs held a beer festival over the weekend and was stocked with 75 Ales from around the country. I attended the event on Sunday and managed to sample half measures of one third of these. I didn’t do my homework as all three of your faves were available and I only had the Castle Rock Harvest Pale, annoyed that I didn’t try the Thornbridge Jaipur IPA. The only other of your top 10 beers to feature was Timothy Taylor Landlord which I often have in our local near work. It’s a shame as it’s a lovely boozer (work local not home local) but I don’t think they serve the beers to their full potential. They’ve had Proper Job as a guest recently which is certainly most enjoyable. Annoyingly there is a cavernous, soulless Weatherspoons nearby which has loads of guest beers and in very good nick too, last week I had a wonderful pint of Little Scotney from the Westerham Brewery (Kent) which was pretty close to perfection for my tastebuds.

    At the festival there was a rather interesting beer called Bowman’s South Sea Spice which was quite gingery with a hint of lemongrass, probably not a session beer but might go well with a curry.

    All the best
    Marcus

  6. Will our paths cross Mr Lawson? The Llama and I arrive around midday on the 2nd.

  7. Marcus Lawson

    Impeccably timed Mr Reeder, my flight departs at 11.45!

  8. thedrunkbirder

    Marcus, Dave and I arrive with your brother in tow on the 1st… a good Shetland Bird Club talk planned for that night. Chris Gooddie on his quest to see all the Pitta’s… I saw a few down the local kebab shop!

  9. Marcus – we actually arrive at 10:50 if the flight’s on time, so we may see you briefly in the airport!

  10. Glad you’re on the ball Andy I couldn’t even remember if I’d booked my flight the other week !!! A very senior moment!

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