Crystal Palace Sprint Meeting 2015

The rain held off and there was a reasonable selection of machinery for this year’s meeting back at the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.

Particularly liked an awesome Cooper-Daimler V8 with a lady driver.


But spent far too much time inspecting a 1952 Aston-Butterworth Grand Prix with its unusual flat-4 engine. In reality it was unreliable and had a tendency to catch fire!!


Cockpit would give a modern GP driver nightmares for life!


Alas poor Robin. (Or; who killed…?)

Until today I have been enjoying watching the activities of a pair of Robins, which had nested in a Leylandii quite close to my first floor windows. The parent birds could be seen sitting in an adjacent fir tree, possibly looking for predatory larger birds, before swooping rapidly into the Leylandii emerging a few seconds later, equally quickly and darting off presumably in search of food.

Today I noticed two Magpies perched on the Lelandii, very close to where the nest must be.  Since when there has been no activity around the nest site and no sign of the parent birds whatsoever. It seems likely that these unpleasant bird thugs have attacked the nest and destroyed the eggs and possibly killed the parent birds too. Magpies will happily eat smaller birds and I have seen a lone bird attack  a Heron which sometimes visits.

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