Tim writes: The “kitty-needie, kitty-needie” song of Common Sandpiper is a familiar summer sound on northern rivers and reservoirs. Most breeding waders are resident in Britain, with their numbers bolstered by a winter influx from the north and east. But Common Sandpiper is a summer visitor that migrates to sub-Saharan Africa for the winter. It is one of the earliest migrants to arrive back in spring so its song is something I always listen out for. It also has a characteristic stiff-winged display flight with flickering wing beats showing off the white wing bar. These are interspersed with longer glides on bowed wings. I photographed this one on a Pennine reservoir near Holmfirth in summer.
I popped in to London a few days ago. Well, if you can call a journey which involved four trains and two tubes ‘popping in’ then I popped in. And two of the trains were cancelled and the other two were late so it was quite a slow ‘pop’.
The 07:38 from Wellingborough was cancelled because of slippery rails. Presumably this means ‘leaves on the line and it is a bit wet too’? But luckily the 07:14 arrived at 07:39 so I got on that one. On the journey I saw some Red Kites and enjoyed the autumn colours. The trees were beautiful – quite stunning. Well worth a few train delays, I’d say.
I was heading in to southwest London on another secret mission – obviously I’m keen to tell you about my secret missions but this is not the time.
Yesterday I had another, local, secret mission meeting … nearly gave something away then! But on my short journey I saw some Red Kites and enjoyed the autumn colours some more. What a fabulous show they are making!
On the way back from the secret mission my car started making a loud clanging noise above the offside rear wheel – I guessed it was a shock absorber no longer absorbing any shocks. And my diagnosis was right but my local garage accepted my clanging car at 08:00 this morning and brought it back unclanged by lunchtime. What service!
As I strolled home I took these images of the autumn colours.
Great publicity for Iceland stores, and odd that this could not be broadcast…
There is a difference between allowing someone to express hateful
views and giving them a megaphone to do so…