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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oats Royd

                                                                f. Chaffinch
                                                     f. Bullfinch
                                        m. Bullfinch
                                    Halifax from the top of the Gulf.
             Entrance to Oats Royd from the top of the Gulf

After heavy overnight snow most local places are  inaccessible and with the time at 1500hrs Oats Royd was the nearest venue.
On arrival there was a lot of disturbance in the bottom with sledges and dog walkers so I trudged through the knee deep snow to the top of the Gulf where several birds were active in the Alders and conifers with Bullfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch and Blackbirds but a walk through the plantation proved negative on the target bird, Woodcock.
The bottom edge of the Gulf was alive with tit flocks moving through the trees in wave after wave , sometimes with Siskin and Chaffinch mixed in with them but very mobile.
Just had one chance of a cracking shot of a f Siskin but had knocked the camera setting round a notch so just a blur.
At 1630, last light, Fieldfare and Redwings were dropping out of the sky into the Holly bushes to roost so quite an interesting hour. There must be Brambling and Crossbill at this location.

3pr Bullfinch
9 Siskin
11 Blackbirds
3 Greenfinch
sev Chaffinch, Fieldfare and Redwing
3 Herring gulls.................>W
19 LBBs........................>NW
Sev Gt Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit.
BS

2 comments:

DJSutcliffe said...

Brambling have been few and far between. Sounds a good little spot down there, must pay a visit sometime.

NigelK said...

A good session. You went to the right place for Woodcock at least; I've had two in that spot in different winters about 5/6 years back.