Thursday, June 04, 2009

Lesser Spotted.

As you know I'm a Lancashire lass. But Kev's a Cheshire boy.

No - don't be daft not Alderley Edge or Knutsford, he was born with a view of this.

So when we venture owt and abowt he likes to visit the effeminate Cheshire plains whereas I always long for the dark satanic hills.

(Kaz photo)

Last week he won and we went to a woodland in Northwich which is a tad boring. We were looking for the lesser spotted woodpecker which has previously eluded us.

Not to be confused with the greater spotted wood pecker - which is very nice but rather common daahling.

So we sat looking at this hole in a tree for ages...and ages ...and ...ages..

**** But .... eventually it appeared ****

(Kev photo)

It was almost a repeat of one of my favourite adverts.




Blogger tony said...

I lived in Northwich for 3 years and yes.It's VERY boring.Also (i dont know about now)every Pub was a Greenhall Whitley Pub.'Orrible Beer!
However.that said, any county that has a village in it named Lower Peover cant be ALL bad.can it?

12:35 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

It is amazing what can be spotted once you venture out far from Knutsford city limits... congrats on your twitching. Just right for the current series of Springwatch. Chris P and Kate H must be clucking in envy.

12:41 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

I love Knutsford City Limits - it's by Icon Tina Turner.

1:06 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

There is nothing quite like a bit of twitching so I am told .
What I have always wondered is.... when you finally spot your quarry is there celebrational quaffing of thermos tea , high fives and lots of whooping . Or is it altogether more sedate

1:21 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Waiting for that woodpecker for hour after hour then missing it when you took a break must have been like banging your head against a brick wall.

1:24 pm  
Blogger xl said...

Janis Joplin was from Port Arthur, Texas, a refinery city about an hour from my town. My theory is that's why she was so great at singing the blues.

1:52 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Oh the dreaded Greenhalls - I'm going green at the thought.

Kate H is 'clucking in envy' of my lovely blonde hair, youthful complexion and comely figure.
She is twitching with jealousy.

Once a nutbush always a nutbush!

Just a whispered 'can you see it?' while bins are focused and breathing is heavy. Then you start wondering what's for tea.

Rather like supporting Everton during the transfer season.

Perhaps it oils the vocal cords.
I remember Chrissie Hynde (one of my faves) talking about her hometown of Akron Ohio which sounds similar.

2:12 pm  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

How did you know you missed it, if you missed it???

2:15 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Does twitching require special footwear?

I'm not sure I have the right shoes for it.

4:07 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

I have Congleton roots which is probably why they don't match the rest of my hair.

5:28 pm  
Blogger Malc said...

Greenall Whitley?


7:12 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Wow, Im jealous...I've never seen a LSW!

Nice twitching, 'umble is right to be jealous of you. Strangely when BO was on the show I didn't mind her but now she seriously pisses me off.

8:24 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

No I didn't miss it - that's it in the photo.
I was trying to be brief for once in my life - but I'm not very good at it.
I've emphasised it now.

MJ: We have to have these

Congleton is fine for people recovering from too much excitement and over stimulation.
OOh wasn't that polite?

We used to draw up elaborate pub crawl routes in order to avoid the Greenall's pubs.
I'm a 'little 'ole wine drinker' now - so i don't suppose it would matter.

It was beautiful.
I never liked her 'head girl/jolly hockey sticks' image. It wasn't helped by the fact that she went off to seek her fortune in South Africa during the apartheid years.
BO - what awful initials.

8:52 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

I had no idea these birds were this close to us Kaz... I spent an hour at the feeders on Woodhead watching a pair of Twites.... and thats not my usual bad spelling ;O)

9:24 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

My in laws stay in Cheshire. I try to avoid it at all costs. They prefer it that way.

9:25 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Get thee to Northwich Woodlands.
What a cruel name to give those little birds. I've not seen one for ages - they are easily overlooked.
Isn't Hyde in Cheshire?

Sounds like a perfect relationship.
Cheshire is so flat in every sense of the word.

10:03 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

I just stumbled your way and I am glad that I did. Thanks for making me remember that Kit Kat advert it really is genious. Sorry I can't talk about bird watching watching without breaking out into innuendox

10:22 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

*GASPS at shoes*

5:06 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I wish I knew more birds.

Oh, that sounds as if it could have a double meaning. All I meant (of course) is that I'm not very good at identifying them.

I do enjoy their singing though (and serendipitously, that's what I've blogged about today).

6:43 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hello Kerrie:
I always liked the ad - and it's mercifully short.
Would tits spring to mind? You'll fit in well round here.

At last - sexy SM Docs.

'double meaning' - Can't imagine what you mean.
I can't identify their songs - but the blackbird is best.
Could you spell serendipitously or did you have to look it up?

9:44 am  
Blogger Dave said...

Was it spelled correctly? I just typed what I thought was right.

That normally lands me in all kinds of trouble.

10:01 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I just assumed it was right because it was you.
But now I've checked - a Google search was most fascinating.

10:53 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Who was it that sang "Knutsford City Limits"?

3:24 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

there used to be a couple of woodpeckers which visited the trees in my parents' garden when I was growing up - green and lesser spotted, I think

my dad still sees woodpeckers - presumably they are not the original birds

how great that you found what you were looking for! and I love the KAZ photo. . .


3:47 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Kaz.. Hyde is in Cheshire... but only just... as for the Twites... well I got that one wrong... they were in fact Linnets... I'd not seen them before.

4:18 pm  
Blogger tom909 said...

So how I would I know if the woodpecker that visits our birdtable is a greater or a lesser?

8:39 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hee heee.
Probably Kathryn Jenkins - that's all the excitement they can cope with in Cheshire.

Birds truly enrich my life in so many ways.
Glad you like the photo which I took at Dovestone's resevoir near Saddleworth moor on the sort of day when you wish you'd stayed at home.

I think Hyde is Lancashire in spirit.
Oh dear you are a bit of a tw...
However, the linnet and the twite are close relatives and in winter they look very similar.

Sorry to amaze you but the lesser is a lot lesser and the greater is a lot greater and has a bit more red.
If you see one in your garden it's probably the greater.
There's also a 'middle' but it doesn't come over here.
Are you sorry you asked??

9:28 pm  
Blogger 'Petra said...

I wanted to come up with something naughty about wood peckers but my mind is blank.

On the other hand one would think Manchester would be a great place to spot lesser wood peckers

8:18 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Pete - ra:
You know that hadn't even crossed my mind.
Manchester? Lesser Woodpeckers and greater pigeons.

11:50 am  
Blogger Pete said...

I am so effing jealous. I've seen two of them and not seen one for YEARS

1:29 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Cheshire seems to be the place ...unfortunately.

8:58 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

A classic!

And I'll bet the panda is lesser spotted in that neck of the woods too!

What an exotic boyfriend you have, though hope the cultural differences don't come between you too often.

;- )

9:43 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I'm with the Weirdstone of Bringamen.

Beats woodpeckers and annoying pandas any day.

I bet you've never heard of the 'Owl Service'


11:59 pm  
Blogger Emerson Marks said...

You got the blighter, and on the camera too.

Being from Lanacashire, do you the phrase, alright duck or alright chook, or am I out of touch with the dialect?

2:56 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Cultural differences will out.
You just think you're doing OK with a shared liking for real ale and real wine - not to mention some sweet soul music.
Then, one day you realise - you can take the boy out of Cheshire - but you can't take Cheshire ......etc etc.

Your comments are often a mystery to me. But Google helped out here.
'A woman created from flowers by a Welsh wizard' is not exactly my thing - but thanks for the education.

Yeah - we shot him good and proper!
Duck is mainly South Yorkshire. Lancashire is chuck, luv and trouble at t'mill. Oh and it's aw reet not alright.
It doesn't change much.

8:06 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

Jammy or what? (-: I'm impressed by the photo. I've only ever seen one, and that by accident when I was watching a flock of crossbills.

8:49 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

They seem to like Cheshire - for some strange reason.
I've never seen a crossbill - what a strange design.

8:41 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

We get a woodpecker in the garden now and then. You can come here and spot if you like. You can mow the lawn while you're on.

10:44 pm  
Blogger nwtrunner said...

Here in the Northwest Territories we have hairy, black-backed, and downy woodpeckers that pretty much hang around all year, even at -45 C. But no greaters or lessers. However, we do have yellow-bellied sapsuckers, which is one of the cooler names for a bird. Along with the tits, of course...

6:25 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Your garden one is probably a greater spotted.
Too common daahling - unless you serve double G&Ts in your garden.

If I saw one of those yellow-bellied sapsuckers I would die happy.
Can't say you spot many of them in Lancashire or Cheshire!

4:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your landscape photo. :-) (Stares broodingly at it).

7:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Diddums:
I was only thinking about you this afternoon.
Glad you like the photo - it was taken at Dovestones resevoir near Saddleworth Moor.

10:05 pm  

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