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Caught up on the Springwatch soap opera yesterday (first time this week) and was relieved to see they've managed to score some healthy-looking Crested Tits, although less happy about all the baby Blue Tit corpses. come to think of it, the back garden Blue Tits have looked terrible this year. There might be something going round...

By about half-way through, though, I was beginning to feel the lack of an expert voice. I know part of the point is that we're wildlife watching like the ordinary people but more and more of it seems to be Mad old Bill saying something a bit off and Cheery Co-presenter saying "ooh, steady on now" while we still don't find out why [creature name] has done [something bizarre]. They could do with earpiece elves, like QI has (though possibly they have them and the presenters don't use them much). That said, though -- Oyster Catcher chicks! - rather fluffy.

On the topic of Spring -- Happy friday. The sun's back and looking good.


sun on the side of a white van
sun on the side of a white van
Shining through the Field maples on the site of the allotments.

Comments

( 10 worms — Feed the birds )
stylishbastard
6th Jun, 2008 12:14 (UTC)
The female presenter is absolutely pointless. I just don't understand what it is she does. She makes Bill Oddie look like a serious in depth birdy commentator rather than the insane feather-fetishist he is.
cleanskies
6th Jun, 2008 13:00 (UTC)
I think she used to be on GMTV or something.
stylishbastard
6th Jun, 2008 13:05 (UTC)
I bet that is a really withering put down in the world of telly.
charleston
6th Jun, 2008 12:36 (UTC)
That picture is wonderful.
a_llusive
6th Jun, 2008 13:50 (UTC)
I have seen some bluetits, but
I have never seen so many wrens (around one a day, perhaps more and both in the garden and the city centre.
cleanskies
6th Jun, 2008 14:02 (UTC)
Re: I have seen some bluetits, but
We've got a new wren in the back garden this year. They're noisy little things!
a_llusive
8th Jun, 2008 20:34 (UTC)
Re: I have seen some bluetits, but
No-where near as noisy as the magpies getting agitated night and morning about the eaves of our bedrooms at the moment. On the other hand, we had a great spotted woodpecker in the front garden today. Yay!

crazycrone
6th Jun, 2008 14:02 (UTC)
Whoa! Fantastic photo!
I quite liked the 'wing-trembler' episode. You don't see owl porn every day.
Dead baby blue tit feet are very disturbing, though.
theoclarke
14th Jun, 2008 09:25 (UTC)
Kate Humble (aka Cheery Co-Presenter) is supposed to represent the intelligent non-specialist viewer, asking the knowledgeable Bill Oddie the questions that the viewer might ask. When I worked with her in 2003, I found her to be intelligent and delightful company. She is the most courteous and thoughtful presenter that I have met. In my opinion, the direction of Springwatch et al is a bit slack and I suspect that this is because of the huge challenge of presenting a live multi-site programme.
cleanskies
15th Jun, 2008 18:54 (UTC)
it's the drift from "knowledgable" to "random" I fear
oh, don't worry about slackbastard, he's rude about everyone (and everything)

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