Saturday, 12 September 2009

Pubs, ducks and potatoes

Ringed neck Duck, Westport Lake Staffs.

Ring necked Duck

Ring necked Duck

Ring necked Duck
Friday 11th Sept. 2009

Beautiful early autumn day, best time of the year. Started off at Alvecote which had been turning up a few migrants, checked the hedges both sides of Mill pool and found Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat. Bumped into Roy and his trusty companion but he too was having a quiet day. The plan had been to move on to to Kingsbury/Drayton Bassett but I was lured into deep Staffordshire by a Rose coloured Starling near Stone which offered the nearest thing to excitement on offer within a reasonable distance. Did I say excitement? Most exciting thing on view was Graham Mant doing his impression of Gypsy Joe. I also had a slightly embarassing rendevous with a couple of incredibly attractive Eastern European potato sorters. Eat your heart out Steve. Anyway the Starling is clearly an early morning bird so despite the attraction of a 3 course meal for a fiver at the Winghouse pub I moved on a little deeper into Staffs. For once the old Sat nav was spot on so it didnt take me long to get to Westport lake, Stoke for a look at a Ringed necked Duck. Was it a little too photogenic?

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