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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cuckoo for Ogden

 Cuckoo can just be seen in the left hand tree being moved on by Corvids
 Flew to an even greater distance up in the mist
 Viewed from passerine alley picnic area across the water
           and at the top of the plantation.
             Kept calling even in the rain.
                                        A dot in the tree top.

With Queensbury shrouded in fog and a late start it was off to Ogden at 1900 hrs in what for me is perfect conditions with low cloud, calm and light rain. Ideal for moving birds with Terns and Scoters in mind.
The male Goosander was still present along with a male Tufted duck and a Heron on the banking keeping its eye on 5 Mallard ducklings.
A Cuckoo was calling way across the water up in the plantation and luckily its position was given away by 2 mobbing corvids. It then flew across to the top of a pine but much further  away and up in the edge of the cloud base. Even big Bertha struggled to get me a half decent shot but managed a record shot of my first Cuckoo of the year.
Nothing else this evening but good to be out in the kind of weather that can make birding history.

End of an Era.
50 years ago today at the tender age of 15 I walked nervously into my first job as a motor mechanic with a small toolbox and a few new spanners and screwdrivers. Today, 50 years on I,m still mending cars but now my toolbox is the size of a small car and includes diagnostic computers, a thing never thought of back in the days when I was mending things like Morris Minors.
With 50 years working and only 3 half days off sick in that time I thought I,d earned a break so, not wanting to stop altogether, Im now working 6 mornings a week with the afternoons off so hopefully the blog should be a bit livelier and the grapevine messages buzzing, that it of course when I,ve worked my way through the list of jobs Lynda has waiting for me and finished shopping.
BS



2 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

A great spot with the Cuckoo Bri well done.

And an amazing career record.

Good luck with your "part time" worj - still nearly full-time for ex office boys like me.

John & Sue

David Sutcliffe said...

You will soon wonder however you found time to go to work. The list of jobs don't get shorter - they get longer !!!
All the best Bri. Nice Cuckoo by the way.