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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A quiet December

So far this year December has been a terrible month for Soil Hill reports other than NKs Grey Plover and the short visits from Snow Buntings plus of course the several Jack Snipe sightings and Woodcock, both of which have so far evaded me, but maybe we just got spoilt in December 2011 and now expect ever winter to be the same which deep down we know does,nt happen.
Looking back at my own records for December 2011 the hill provided :-
9 long staying Snow Buntings
17 Linnet
7 Fieldfare  42 in November.
7 Skylark
5 Grey Partridge
1pr Pheasant
1 Snipe
4 Meadow Pipit
9 Golden Plovers roosting
2 Lapwing.
Apart from an odd Skylark, Pheasants and Grey Partridge most of the above are missing.
Hopefully things will change and the birds will re appear  ,much as there has been disturbance on the hill the habitat is very much the same if not, in some ways, better.

Today started with a bright morning which clouded over by lunchtime but remained dry and very mild.
A check on the feeders in Chapel Lane graveyard found 3 Blue Tits and several swarms of midges but otherwise things were quiet other than the usual resident feeders.
BS


1 comment:

NigelK said...

I'm due to compile my list of those I missed - mainly waders due to the lack of shoreline in the area.
It wasn't that quiet at 1930 hrs tonight - Tawny Owl hooting loudly in trees at Band Room end of Tesco car park.