A mixture of really poor weather and rubbish work has again prevented me from getting out and about. With typical "Doug's" luck the good weather has coincided with my shift patterns. The days when I wanted to get out on the bike and explore the wind's been against me, seriously cycling into a strong head winds really blows, at times it almost feels like you've not even cycled anywhere but backwards but the occasional lifting of head into the cold wind did confirm I was moving forwards...just not very far. I won't mention icey paths and mushy leaves that has twice had my rear wheel overtake my front wheel how I haven't ended up on my arse not quite sure
So I kept local and went up to the quarry on Sunday and today. It's been a bit quiet up there of late. The Kestrel is still hunting on the site but in good light always a bit distant (see image below) and in poor light it would be within touching distance.
I went to Doug's pit, still no Snipe looking around the net/twitter a few are up at nearby Pitsford reservoir so perhaps the ones from this site have moved up there. The other bird in the pit that would look good in the light were Reed Buntings of which there was a lot of but all hiding behind willow branches. The one bird that never let's me down is the Blue Tits on the Bull rushes.