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Sunday, October 17, 2010

A cold Soil Hill

Life on the hill, DJS and Dishfish.
You,ve heard of Simons Seat, this is Brians Seat.
Sun rays over Mixenden reservoir

Soil Hill, 1500-1700hrs. Icy cold W>4 Blue skies becoming hazy for distant viewing.
All quiet to start with the expected skiens of Pinkies not materializing and very little else in the sky.
Scanning round I picked up 4 fast flapping birds coming from the SE over Yeadon airport towards me and my first thought was pigeons. As they got over Thornton I could see they were Grey Plovers in full winter plumage so as they got within 1/4 ml of the hill I took the bins off them and lifted the camera only to find they had disappeared from sight. Several minutes scanning failed to relocate them so I can only assume either I lost them below the skyline or they dropped down to the NK pond. Had they continued on I should have picked them up going over the Nab unless they went down at TMR?
A Kestrel was calling and arguing with a crow throughout the watch over the west bank and several gulls were heading to roost, small gulls down through the coll and LBBs towards Eccup.
Nice to chat with DJS on the hill for an hour and Dishfish turned up with camera at the ready.
BS
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4 comments:

NigelK said...

That's a big time first for the Hill from Hell Brian. Modern day records show that this bird has not been previously recorded. I'll go up there tomorrer and weep copiously, thinking of what might have been.

Brian Sumner said...

Who knows, there seems to be plenty around and they may even be waiting by the pond for you.
DCB tells me RL Buzzards have arrived now so lets hope you get lucky

darrell j prest said...

great record

DJSutcliffe said...

Good to see you up there Bri and great record with the Grey Plover. Not sure about the photo, Dan looks ok but I look frozen (well I was)!
I still think you did well to get that rock up there in your car!!!