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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fieldfare Invasion

Victoria Hall looming above the chimney pots.
Black Dyke mill chimney SSE of the garage

Overnight sub zero temperatures brought a morning of frozen puddles, iced over cars, clear blue skies and masses of Fieldfare.
Walking to work the skies were empty other than a few flocks of Woodpigeons heading >S but by 0745 Fieldfares started rocketing through all >NW and >N. The small flocks made up of up to 30 birds came through in a way I havent experienced in previous autumns by all flying very fast and low, some skimming the rooftops and the majority below building level following the old station valley and over the Dailie fields towards Mountain, all were coming from the east. Camera at the ready I hoped for the normal high slow moving flock but this didnt happen and even at mid day birds were skimming through with the same urgency. On the walk back to work after lunch 8 Fieldfare skimmed right over my head at the side of the Conservative club giving me amazing close views but no time to even take the camera out of my pocket.
An early phone call to alert DCB found he was getting nothing but whilst still on the phone he started to pick them up and after that was inundated with them, Ive yet to see his final count.
BS
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