Yesterday wasn't much of a day for wildlife watching, waiting in for the gas man to change my meter (long running rant by me, as my 9 year old gas meter was being upgraded only because British Gas have outsourced the metering service, and no one will tell me if the old one is being recycled or just landfilled) Anyway it was misty and drizzly so stayed close to home.
But in the evening, headed up the M5 to Tewkesbury in glorious sunshine, typical!! The reason for this was to go and see Feast of Fiddles http://www.feastoffiddles.com/ - fab night, if you're into Folk music with a hint of madness.
But between Dursley and Cheltenham a big raptor floated over the M5. Same size of a Buzzard, but had the profile of....... a Goshawk, nice flap flap glide flight, barred and thick body, flicked back fingers, protruding head and long straight tail. Trouble was at 69.9mph if was hard to have a good look without careering into other traffic. Was it, wasn't it? Bit of a strange place for one in the breeding season, but huge woodland area on the Cotswold Escarpment where it was flying from. I'll never know, I do know however it wasn't a Buzzard; but while listening the lads on the fiddles playing Captain Pugwash theme, followed by Black Night by Deep Purple, I relaxed, took in the music and mused.
And this weeks quiz. Probably breaking some copyright laws here, but one of the birthday cards, was this. So to you birders out there (and non birders), have a go. Can you get 12 out of 12? I got 8, Mate who sent it got 10. Answers next week.
Click on image to enlarge. Don't try and be too celebral. GOOD LUCK