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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ringby Top

The Seed Man DJS
Skies full of Jackdaws

A cloudy sunset from Ringby Top
1430-1600hrs Icy cold W>5 but water up there remaining unfrozen.

A poor start with no passerines around Ploughcroft and no sign of the Little Owls.
Plenty big gulls moving over Halifax but this soon stopped apart from a late 2 Herring Gulls at nearly 1600hrs.
As I got onto the top feeding field the action started. Firstly I flushed a flock of around 78 Linnets followed by smaller birds which flew into the solitary tree by the track. These turned out to be 5 Twite and 2 pair of Reed Bunting. Also present were Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. The flock of Linnet dropped down into the private field on the other side of the track and due to the late hour these were not re located. Hundreds of Jackdaws came over heading to roost.

11 LBB gull
9 Herring gull
1 GBB gull
c78 Linnet
5 Twite
2 Meadow Pipit
6 Skylark
2pr Reed Bunting
8 Grey Partridge
1Kestrel

BS and DJS.
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3 comments:

AndyC said...

Good birding boys ...thats a great count..of birds at this time of year..well done..not a sniff of any small finches at Northowram today...

DJSutcliffe said...

Good to see you up there this afternoon Bri and some great bird counts to take the chill off. An amazing count of Linnets.

A very biting wind up there, it seemed a different climate when I got back down to Lee Mount lowlands. I expect it wasn't much different up in the wilds of Queensbury!

Brian Sumner said...

Thats right Dave, it was nearly as bad in the garden, I cant understand why the birds stick it up there when they could easily move to better climates but I suppose you could say the same for us living here.