Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Amber and Chocolate list

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.

8 comments:

  1. Surely anyone beats Coventry these days? They've become rubbish at football and rugby, does the same go for birding?

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    1. Actually, Sutton lost to Coventry City 1-0. As for birding...??

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  2. As I recall, the housing estate just past the Gander Green Londis has Shearwater Close, Sandpiper Way, Grebe Court, Teal Place and Heron Court. Aaah, all those years being a delivery driver have served me well :)

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    1. Also, don't trust that Kojak fella, couldn't tell a Wheatear Walk from his Buzzard Row if you ask me...

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    2. Seth, How do you know Kevin?

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    3. Not very well, which is how I plan to keep things.

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  3. Off topic, but did you see Gardeners World this week and the lovely garden that they featured on Dungeness beach.

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    1. I did Derek, clever use of naturally occurring plants with other species brought in.

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