The other reason I haven't been out and about is a lot of my spare time has been taking up with a course I had taken at the local college, which luckily ends this Friday hopefully freeing up some time, just in time for the wader season at Summer Leys, I hope.
The course (which isn't going to be named until I know I "passed", superstitious me) has been taking part up at Lower Mounts College, for those unaware of the geography of my home town of Northampton (lucky buggers) it's dead centre of town, sandwiched between a multi-story carpark and a derelict shoe factory, Trickers I believe it was called so not much birding, how wrong was I.
There's this bit of old scrap land from an old factory it's bit weird to explain exactly what it looks like (I'll do a photo on Friday) but it's covered in Budleia, so far I have clocked/listed mostly common birds Goldfinch,Blue Tit,Great Tit, Blackbird,House Sparrow,Dunnock,Wren,Robin,Collared Dove,Wood Pigeon,Crow, 2 Grey Wagtails and 1 Pied Wagtail and Feral Pigeons which brings me nicely to the two stars of the show 1 female Sparrowhawk and the best a male Peregrine so far out out of twenty six days on the course I have witnessed the Peregrine hassling the feral Pigeons a total of 10 times and on a couple occasions catching it's prey, so how many people saw this amazing spectacle weirdly just me and one lady who was amazed when she told her colleagues of what was happening in the skies above their heads that all she got was a grunt and shrug of shoulders "Typical response from some" was my reply, she pointed out the House Sparrows and Goldfinches using the holes where bricks were once of the old buildings, I was polite and made out I hadn't, I not sure what was better watching a hunting Peregrine without having to worry about photographing it or sharing a "birding" moment with a complete stranger in such an urban environment? I pointed out the old posters promoting The Beatles "Hard Days Night" that was on one of the walls, which shows the last time the building had been touched, our town is dying!
WEDNESDAY QUIZ: SPOT DOUGLAS IN THE PHOTO BELOW.
And finally one bird picture for now, the same wren as last time.