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Friday, January 20, 2012

Queensbury Today

A miserable dull dark day with rain and drizzle throughout bringing birding life to a stand still. Other than the resident sparrows and small gulls all was quiet with nothing moving in the low cloud base.
One interesting report today was a lady dog walker who flushed a brown mottled pigeon sized bird with a very long bill from the rugby field near the ponds at first light. Question is have we had Snipe or Woodcock,if it was Snipe it will probably return whereas Woodcock would just have been a passing through bird but I,ll be keeping an eye out on my way past in the mornings..
I,m getting several reliable reports of Woodcock down the old station lately but have,nt had the time to get down myself.
Talking about the old Queensbury Station, for anyone interested, I know you are Dave, there are some interesting facts and photos on the Queensbury Village site from the link on this blog put on by local historian Eric Langford. I started my birding down there in the early sixties when the viaduct and some of the buildings were there but seemed to spend more time being chased off by the local farmer Squire Shoesmith, happy days.
BS

4 comments:

NigelK said...

I'm a bit confused here, 'Rugby field ponds'? Do you mean the muddy patch at Chapel Lane top? If so I would say Woodcock, as I remember you reporting one flying over one cold November day about 8 years back.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Nigel, during the heavy rain there were some fair sized puddles there attracting several small gulls.
As you say, I have had Woodcock fly over and land in that area when it was long grass.

DJSutcliffe said...

Thanks Bri - will have a look at the web site for the old photo's.

I have not had a Woodcock for ages, they seem to have been very thin on the ground our way this winter so far. Wonder if the bad winter last year affected their numbers. Mind you I did hear t(was it on the blog) that they estimated 3,000 had been shot on Scottish Estates last winter! Saddo's. How can anyone shoot a fantastic bird like a Woodcock - baffling.

NigelK said...

One factor to be considered is the predominant lack of E/NE gales this late Autumn/Winter. So I feel many birds will still be left on Le Continent.