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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Grapevine strikes again. Ogden


                                           Pinkies moving >N

                                                Hungry Kestrel
                                                          Gt Tit
                                                    Friendly Robin
                                                     Hard to snap Treecreeper

Fogged off at Fly Flatts so back down to old faithful Ogden which was misty but quick to clear.
The water was very still in the calm frosty conditions but still no Goldeneye, just the Mallard flock which is now up to 200+ and a few small gulls.
A single Treecreeper gave me the run around and otherwise all was quiet apart from a few tit flocks and 2 Stock Doves flying over.
A call from the grapevine got things moving mid morning when JW reported a large skein of Pinkies over Birstall heading our way. I called NK who was on Soil Hill then started to dash down out of the trees to get some clear sky . Before I got in a good position I heard the skein approaching so as they came through between Soil Hill and Ogden >N I could only see half of the group so was unable to do a count. Unfortunately for NK the mist was down so he got them on call only.
Thanks to Jim at Birstall and Dave on the grapevine for their quick reactions to get the message out.

THE GRAPEVINE.

I think I speak for all concerned when I say a big thank you to Dave and Jen Sutcliffe for keeping the grapevine active the last 12 months and continuing it on this year. Im sure we,ve all benefitted  from the quick response and seen birds we would have otherwise missed.
The thanks also extends to all users of the system for sending the messages in quickly, its a great system and long may it reign.
BS