Monday, November 08, 2010

1,001 Posts!

I've just noticed on the blogger that the previous post was my thousandth. Since July 2006 I've beavered away at the key board bringing tales ranging from elation to woe to anyone who cares to read. I'm not sure how many of the bloggers who read this were around before then?

Right then, back to the next thousand (no retirement in glory or otherwise from me I'm afraid)...

This morning I popped in to see the Morpeth Squacco on the river Wansbeck. This very spot was much frequented by me in my teens when fishing nudged ahead of the birding for a few years. Back then Water Voles were abundant, Eels were a pest on every cast robbing the bait and there was an Abbatoir as a back drop that is now a car park! I used to find the nests of Little Grebe and Grey Wagtail, while swarms of Minnows blackened the shallows...Those were the days...

This weather is interesting. More easterly gales and rain tomorrow from the continent might drop in a migrant or two. Northumberland is a good county for Hume's Warbler, but we could do with the icing on the cake...

Did I see the Squacco Heron? Nope not a sniff. Three Dippers in song and full territorial dispute ( the birds not the observers) were the best on offer. Am I bothered? No I'm not too fussed, hopefully it will be there tomorrow. Here are my notes from the last one in Northumberland -



10 comments:

Ipin said...

Keep it going Stewart, I am looking forward to the next thousand!

I haven't been for the squacco...yet. If it had turned into a chinese pond heron, I might not have been so tardy

abbey meadows said...

I managed to see it but it was after 10 am. Thanks for the initial tip off and like ipin looking forward to the next 1000+ posts.

Emma Anderson said...

Amazing, Stewart; 1000+ posts. Congratulations and thanks, because a large number of the people who visit my blog come to it via yours.

Dean said...

(no retirement in glory or otherwise from me I'm afraid)...

Glad to hear it Stewart. Like the others have said, looking forward to the next 1000 (or should that be 999).

Bennyboymothman said...

And your not going to slow down just yet....I hope!
Enjoyed reading your birdy delights, as well as the moths of course, but those sketches have to be my favourite.
All the best.

The Wessex Reiver said...

We'll still be here for the 10k milestone.... one of the best blogs on the circut. I just wish these days I had more time to read it every day. Excellent work, keep it up!

Warren Baker said...

Well done for sticking with it Stewart. It's not easy sometimes :-)

Matt Merritt said...

Keep going, Stewart. Great blog - I especially enjoy the field notes and drawings.

Kingsdowner said...

One of the oldest and one of the best!
(You can see it's an old blog - it still uses pen and ink!)

Steve Gale said...

1001 eh Stewart. You don't look a day over 30....