Why is it always when I'm eating?I have said this before and it happened again today. just got my face 'in the trough' for afternoon Tea when with a bleep, I have to drop everything and head for the Mere.
Gareth Clements with a very welcome text to say that there was a Black Tern on Ryders Mere. Within a minute my phone rang and this time it was Kev Clements with the same information. A ten minute yomp and there it is, performing beautifully between the islands. We always seem to get full breeding plumage birds here, always looking stunning. You tend to forget how good these birds look when you see a scruffy juvenile or a late summer bird. Today's specimen was grey above, jet black below with a well defined black trailing edge to the primaries.
|A similar bird to today's specimen - but not so well marked : Photo Copyright All about birds|
On another issue, after due consideration I have decided to go along with Gareth and add Nutcracker to the 'Biggest Blocker' list (see earlier posts). The only other feedback was from Martin (not sure which one - let me know and I will amend) who suggested that Two Barred Crossbill also deserves a place on the list?
In this case I am pretty sure how to call this as although there hasn't been another recorded Staffordshire bird since the one in 1979/80, there have been claims (as recently as 2014 if memory serves?) and this is a species that most probably has occurred in one of the Crossbill Invasion years that have occurred since. So unless there is a reasoned argument I am happy to compromise and add this to the 'maybe one day' part of the list with Marsh Sandpiper and Guillemot as there is no reason to believe that there wont be another twitchable one found sooner or later.
Anyway - that's it for April - Beltane begins at midnight tonight so if you are a pagan, have a good one. For the rest of you, have a good bank holiday Monday - Chaz