If you did have a bet on Oscar Whisky yesterday then it would have been a profitable one but the odds turned out to be too short for me so I watched this horse look classy at Cheltenham. Maybe I should have had a bet as I ended up making a small loss on the day- but I was right that there were no waxwings, unlike last year.
My 2012 bird list did get into double figures before I got out of bed but on the way to Cheltenham there were three red kites west of Burford and on the way home there were two short-eared owls before I got to Stow on the Wold. So my 2012 bird list is:
Wood pigeon, robin, starling, goldfinch, greenfinch, black-headed gull, jackdaw, blue tit, blackbird, chaffinch, great tit, collared dove, dunnock, buzzard, carrion crow, magpie, red kite, house sparrow, kestrel, pheasant, red-legged partridge, pied wagtail, common gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull, fieldfare and rook.
It’s a start, as is the fact that a couple of days ago the epetition on vicarious liability for offences against birds of prey in England passed a landmark – 5000 dsignatures. Like my year list there is a long way to go. Please pass the word and ask people to sign up.