Tim Melling – Common Sandpiper

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.

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Peak leaf-peeping time

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. 


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by Mr Carbo

Inspired by the Revive launch on Tuesday evening.

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The banned Iceland Christmas video

Great publicity for Iceland stores, and odd that this could not be broadcast

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Saturday cartoon by Ralph Underhill

There is a difference between allowing someone to express hateful
views and giving them a megaphone to do so…

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