I'm not sure this is a juvenile, I'm sure Richard or Paul will let me know.
It sadly was taken Thursday evening after the sun was obscured by the big earth mound on the quarry, in another words crap lighting. Birding the last few weeks has been in short supply for me lately, well I should actually say bird photography. I've done a fair bit of birding of sorts...let me elaborate and please stick with me.
I was working for a company called Norbert Dentressangle, a French haulage company, I never mentioned them on here to be fair, however we've been taken over by an American haulage firm called XPO and now I'm working on the Carlsberg brewery contract. So currently getting a lot of training including at the brewery itself, where I got two Parakeets whilst on a ciggy break in the smoking shelter. However my place of work is actually on Swan Valley. Here's a quick map, not sure after seeing a Google Maps car recently why their aerial maps are so out of date.
A quick key to map: 1) is where I'm actually based. The map doesn't show the trees surrounding the warehouse. I've already seen a resident Buzzard which was a much needed welcome distraction from work and a Kestrel too. I've heard plenty of common birds and warblers too. In fact for an industrial estate which is more heavily built on then the (out of date) map suggests for example number 4) has not only warehouses but a new Housing Association estate in poor taste called Dragonfly Meadow...yeah maybe once. But it does has have some fascinating areas and wildlife on it Number 5) also more warehousing in fact the three roundabouts to the left of '5' to be more precise between the middle roundabout and top one is where I photographed a Barn Owl many years ago and blogged last year, it's listed on the left "weirdest place you've birded" Popular Post section Number 6) Short eared Owls. Due to the concrete and flood plain area there's plenty of ditches like number 3) I've actually seen more Sedge Warblers here then I have in more rural locations also A LOT OF Pied Wagtails on the way home I stopped counting at 20, we even have one nesting in the truck wash which struts it's stuff on the trailers catching passing insects. Plenty of Chiff-Chaff and Whitethroats too. Number 2) is a lake where I've seen both adult and juvenile Kingfishers and occasionally a Canda/Greylag hybrid. I've seen Tufted Ducks too. But the best bird got me a slight telling off from our county recorder and with just reason.
Now to be fair I didn't think anyone had this as their patch. And I tweeted my sighting as it's a schedule one bird (I think) and thought it needed 'recording' and thought it was a wader on passage and not a breeding local wader. I was stood at the bus stop and could hear a very close Little Ringed Plover it was stood on the pavement a few feet away from me, no-one else about 15 other people! even looked up from their smartphones. So I grabbed my smartphone to get a video of it (that close!) but typically it scurried off back to what I should've realised was it's breeding area, I've subsequently heard more then one bird, but also school kids riding bikes and playing football on the breeding site. I understand why I shouldn't have tweeted it's exact location (Street name and all) and been smart enough to have spotted a not so obvious but ironically perfectly/acciendental created breeding habitat in an industrial/urban setting. But given the bird, the location and what happened to the Barn Owl' s habitat I think it would make for an interesting story, ie progress/loss of habitats and how we should 'leave' some established wild areas in place on these big grey areas but I'll leave that to better writers. I found a Greenshank near number 3 too, I even found a small party of Yellow Wagtails further away behind Cosworth's/Storton GP. Seen a Peregrine and even saw a juvenile peregrine sat on a overhead gantry at Junction 15a of the nearby motorway! Definately an interesting area.