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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Green Lane/ Ringby Top

                                      Green Lane Buzzard
     Unfortunately the bird was between the sun and me.

                                           Disappearing over Ringby Top

          Controversy, Curlew / Whimbrel mix ?
 This mad crow had a go at mobbing me
                     Its wing hit the lens at one point.

Green Lane, 1700-1730hrs,  Ringby 1740-1830hrs.
It all started quiet photographing the 3 Little Owls which were all showing followed by a bit of gull watching until a Buzzard came over from the east heading slowly SW over the top of Ringby Quarry. Once over the top of Ringby it began circling and even hovered briefly before being mobbed by corvids.
A quick car dash to Ringby and up onto the top to get a 360 deg view but no sign of the bird although the corvids were still creating and very fidgety .
I had alerted DJS who failed to see it so it must have changed direction over Shibden but as I was scanning to the west I got the 7 note Whimbrel call and saw 4 birds to the SW of me and by this time distant. Another quick call to DJS who alerted NCD at Mt Tabor who picked up the birds the same as Id seen them, 3 together and one seperate but he got a possible short Curlew/ Whimbrel type call so possibly a mixed group? will have to study the photo.
To finish off with a suicide crow started mobbing me and at one point hit its wing on the lens then got fed up and flew off, probably hyped up from the Buzzard.  Quite an evening.
BS