Monday, 24 August 2009

Birdfair and Rutland Water

Managed to limit myself to a single purchase at Birdfair, picked up the moth guide for 20 quid, a bargain. Good to see friends and grab a couple of tarts ticks in the shape of King and Packham. Cant deny their passion is inspiring. Jonny Kingdom lumbered past, I was suprised to even spot him since he was bedecked in camo. Camped, so was able to attend the friday night bat walk. Common and Soprano Pips, one Noctule and a possible Whiskered. Something I would like to do more of. What happened to the saturday night entertainment?! Had to resort to sitting at the campsite drinking CIDER and adding to 'The Campsite List' which by sunday included Yellowhammer and Osprey. The onsite security was pretty hot this year; always questioned upon leaving the campsite to enter the fair in the evening. "Where are you going?" "Why are you here?" "How big is your list?".
Went to the Lyndon reserve on sunday, Tree Sparrow from the centre and Osprey from the Shallow Water hide the highlights. Juv Yellow Wag, Egyptian Goose and a few Blackwits made up the numbers. Stunning day weatherwise in a very English part of the country that I rarely visit.

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