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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Soil Hill

Soil Hill   1430-1600hrs  Murky in the distance, cloudy, icy cold N>4

Quiet skies apart from a few small gulls and the jackdaws going to roost.
A kestrel glided over followed shortly by a female Sparrowhawk and around 80 corvids were in the shay fields.
This mornings Fieldfare and Redwing flocks had moved and now several were in the lower fields by the main road just above Ogcden lane.
Around 40 Fieldfares flew across Ned Hill top at last light and continued low over Soil Hill.

Nice to meet another lost soul up on the hill in the form of Dave Sutcliffe who kindly shared his Christmas maltesers with me as we chatted about birds past and present.
By 1600 hrs and last light we were both frozen to the bone and called it a day.
Just as I arrived home a Sparrowhawk shot over the gardens and landed on the peak of the roof so I quickly grabbed the camera, leaned out of the car , aimed, and  yes you,ve guessed it, it flew off. Maybe next time.

Great photos of a good garden tick Dave, ( see Calderbirds)
BS

2 comments:

DJSutcliffe said...

Good to see you up there Bri. Before then I did flush 7 Grey Partridge on the hill and 4 little brown jobs alos flushed from the edge of the hill but at a distance and I had no chance of identifiaction - possibly Twite or maybe Reed Buntings

Brian Sumner said...

The 7 Grey Partrige are regular up there but we,ll have to leave the LBJs to Nigels next visit.