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Monday, October 25, 2010

Woodpig morning

Woodpigeons pile over early doors


A cold but bright morning with very little cloud. The water at work had frozen in the pipes but soon thawed as the sun got up.
Woodpigeons were piling over >S though not in the massive flocks we,re used to seeing, mainly 10 to 20 groups with the largest being just over 30. The pigeons sparkled as the sun shone on them making them look to be illuminated and glittering.
By 0900hrs things had come to more or less a halt but I saw one flock over at 1015hrs.
A few, now resident Fieldfare and Redwing were about but only moving between roost and feeding areas.
The rest of the day the clear blue skies remained birdless.
I dont think NK had a good day on the hill today as when he called in the garage on his return he asked where the dustbin was to dispose of his optics!

Heres a story of Nigel and the knowledge of a local patch.
I,ve always said that NK knows every inch of Soil Hill even though it is changing rapidly day by day but Nigel has the whole area mapped out in his head and today he proved it to me beyond doubt.
BOG had taken some photos of the Snow Bunting that visited there on Saturday morning and as Nigel said the next day and today he was going to check it out I told him I didnt know what area it was found in," Ar but I do" was his reply, " did you see that piece of blue string near to the bird on the photo, well that is half way down the northern track". Sure enough the short piece of blue band was exactly where he had said so we could pinpoint the exact spot where the Snow Bunt was. Now thats having local patch knowledge.
BS
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