Late publication of the running times of LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 no 44871 being moved from Bury to Southall meant an afternoon visit to Rugby Station for her arrival but she was running 44 minutes late due to a line side fatality in the Lichfield area so her planned stop was cancelled and she pushed on south to make up for lost time. Last time I looked she had made up a lot of time and was only 10 minutes late leaving Watford
Friday, 14 March 2014
Similar conditions to yesterday with thick fog and low cloud which again was slow to burn off but with lady luck on our side we happened to be in the right place at the right time when a first winter Glaucous Gull flew low over the BP garage with a large party of other gulls just outside Southam and a Merlin shot through Draycote Water flying low over farborough bank wheatear klickers heading towards rainbow before turning and lost over the country park. Only other birds we saw at Draycote were 5 Wigeon, 10 Goldeneye, male Smew, 2 Snipe and Wheatear plus good numbers of migrating Common Gulls.