If you are a regular sufferer of this blog, you may remember that I spent quite a bit of time at Gander Green Lane last season, home of Sutton United Football Club. My season ticket, apart from allowing me to watch the footy, also opened up the sideline of birding during moments of non-activity on the pitch. There were three notable sightings - Little Egret, Common Buzzard and Lapwing. With the new season having started last Saturday (and a new season ticket safely in my possession), it was time to launch a new initiative - The ND&B Gander Green Lane 2017-18 season list!
My efforts during Saturday's match (a friendly versus Coventry) were half-hearted, although I made a special effort to get Common Swift onto the list. I also noticed a Blackbird and Collared Dove, so, with a shaky start, the bird list is currently on three. I also witnessed three species of butterfly - Large White, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell - so it would be rude not to start a butterfly list as well. There are no rules other than what I see from the ground during match days (or queueing up for cup tickets!!) counts. I can envisage future lurking in the car park extremities to try and add such mundane species as Dunnock and Blue Tit to the list.
There are two other birder's present at all of these games, with Beddington's very own Frank Prater and Kevin Guest fellow followers of the Amber and Chocolate, so I need to be careful with what I claim.