Well first good news: Anyone hear about the retired couple who recently won a £6 million jackpot on the lottery? Well if you didn't why is it good news, well the couple are from Suffolk and have said some of their winnings will go to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, brilliant when people like that win big, rather them then some "lout" who wastes it all away on crap!
Bad News-to celebrate his mum's coronation etc HRH Prince Charles is (media's/Charles PR machine words) helping to launch/create/protect 16 Wildflower meadows, one of them in Northants (Boddington Meadows), surely good news, and yes on the face of it. But as always you have to look a bit deeper. Firstly, the meadows are already in existence and in most cases are managed/owned by local Wildlife Trust so surely protected for future generations already, the land around these meadows ARE NOT! So is it just another case of the nobles taking the plaudits for others work?
If his highness had said something along of the lines of "out of my vast fortunes I'm going to donate some of my fortunes to various wildlife and conservation charities to create NEW wildflower meadow and link them up to form wildlife corridors, I'm going to ask the government to scrap current planning law reforms and toughen up on environmental laws, I'm also going to ban all forms of pheasant and grouse shooting from all Royal Estates and land" then I would "doff" the proverbial hat, sadly it's all spin and no substance I fear, the Queen came to the throne in austere times and wildlife on it's knee and nothing has changed, perhaps the only monarch in the UK's history not to have left a mark during their reign...GOD SAVE THE QUEEN...NOT!
Good news, I got a Willow Warbler image from my local park this evening, note if you look very carefully at the birds left leg the lighter legs, I was also aided by the fact it was calling as it went about catching food and a Chiff-Chaff not to far away presented me the chance to compare and contrast the two species, the bird below was noticeably smaller compared to the Chiff-Chaff, also the Chiff-Chaff chased this bird off.
Good New/Bad News the Sparrowhawk (male) has been very busy, I'm spotting the male over the estate up to three times per day (good), we can't see what's happening on the nest as with all the rain we've had followed by the lovely warm weather means the nest is completely obscured by new foliage (good news for the sparrowhawk, bad news for me...selfish I know). Though the views of behaviour from the male suggest there might be young now in there, the male every time it comes back with prey sits in a tree opposite the nest site, it then gives a "peeh" call that's very faint to the ear and the female comes out, takes the food and goes back to the nest (surely signs of it feeding young) anything that comes close (including Crows) gets chased off straight away with a "kew" type sounding call that's similar to a Kestrel like call but "softer", great behaviour is being shown and has hooked Paul's family though he isn't quite a birder though his daughter is fast becoming very keen even asking her dad to take her out birdwatching...heh,heh,heh, I should really try recording these sounds as my descriptions aren't exactly brilliant, sorry!
And to end this blog post Bad News-two more days of work, grrrr!