However I did get some birding in between my shift patterns here's how and what:
EASTFIELD PARK SPARROWHAWK: Just two juveniles have fledged the nest which given the weather and early attempts by someone to climb the original nesting tree is quite good. I'm a bit mixed with my emotions when I hear the female and juveniles begging for food as it's starting to draw some attention from the park's other users, so far it's been mostly good....
EASTFIELD PARK TAWNY OWL: Despite it's very urban surroundings we've always had a Tawny Owl on the park, this February it was rather quiet from the pair with no sightings of owlsnor non being heard calling, the friends I have who's house back onto the "wood" section of the park were also worried about the lack of owl's calling. In the past we've had Tawnys on the roofs, lamp-posts and even the odd satellite dish. So with the awful winter I thought we had lost "our" Tawnys. However the last two nights there has been a single juvenile Tawny calling for food, a very distinct call that once heard never forgotten. Normally by now the juves have left the nest so this either a second brood attempt (or first given the lousy weather, if that makes sense) and it's only a single juvenile...I think! I say that because despite it only being a small wooded section in all my years living hear I've never been able to locate the nest site during "normal" hours.
LOSS OF JERSEY'S CIRL BUNTINGS?: Regular readers of this blog will know of my fondness of Jersey and my joy of seeing Cirl buntings on the island, they only have two breeding birds that had been absent from the island for a long time. Subsequently when I was shown where they were I was pleased just to get views, I could've got nearer and got photo's but the cautious side of me and the fact they hadn't been there a long time made me stay a safe "viewable distance". Sadly there nesting site was subject to a fire, which is currently being investigated by the Island's fire brigade. Sadly neither bird has been since the fire (well over a week), so I think they have either perished in the fire or deserted the site, either way it doesn't look good...fingers crossed!
So what did I get from my two shift patterns in Hampshire, well one delivery (boss doesn't like me saying the firms so I can't) was at an interesting Country Park (some playground equipment) after unloading I needed the toilet and was pointed in the direction of a small converted barn, interesting toilets I thought, even more so when a swallow "whished" past my head and up to a nest on the exposed beams, three juveniles beaming down at me...different I thought (I think the toilets description may have given away the Country Park's name for anyone who lives in Hampshire). I even broke the cardinal "urinal" rule, as I stood there I heard the juveniles call out followed by a woman scream "arrgggh a bat", followed by another woman who said "no they're swallows", I chuckled to myself and the bloke next to me quickly zipped up and left, I forgot and in case any other blokes forget the "rules of the urinal" are, approach, unzip, spit,cough,zip back up, wash, leave, NO LAUGHING, NO EYE CONTACT AND NO TALKING....ooops! Before leaving I got a dubious flight shot and a "not too bad" portrait, I didn't think it was advisable to get images from inside the toilet, wouldn't have gone down well.
|IS IT A BAT ,IS IT A PLANE, NO IT'S A SWALLOW.|