Friday, January 22, 2010

Ill again...

Only about 6 weeks since my last cold and I have another one, but worse. Before that I hadn't had a sniffle for ages. I hope this particular thing doesn't come in threes....

Anyway, not much to add except the other night I had 2 Barn Owls on route home from work, one at Red Row, the other at Longhoughton. I'm pleased they survived the cold spell. Barn Owls can be quite badly affected by prolonged snow cover...

Tonight I took the dog out and was pleased to 'lamp the Woodcock' again (thats not a euphimism either) as it prowled around the damp molehills in the sheep field. It sounds as if I gave it a black eye there too...I never touched 'im, honest...

I heard my first singing Song Thrush today distantly at Bedlington from the office window. Oh yes, it's all about to kick off...

6 comments:

alan tilmouth said...

There's that poacher terminology slipping out again ;)

Blyth Birder said...

Me and AN Other had 45 Woodcock in one day last week not too far from here.

Prefer not to say where, as I wouldn't want everyone to start booting them up - after this winter, they need all the peace they can afford.

Stewart said...

Alan - Oops. I might have a look tomorrow if its not raining and see if I can get a spotlit photo. Its been there since last Saturday...

Alan - Great record that one. I was pleased with my 22 so far this month! I would keep quiet too, if folk want to see a Woodcock they are not hard to find if you check the right habitat...

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alan tilmouth said...

Suppression is right, had a conversation with AP a few days ago and he had been talking to a small'shooting consortium' that during the voluntary restraint on wildfowl went off and shot 22 Woodcock from a single 2-3 acre wood locally. Admirable restraint eh!

Warren Baker said...

I had that cold virus ( man flu ) it got me twice in a month too!!