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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Shelf Moor, last light count.

                                   Snipe count, down to 17 last light

                                    Lapwings settled and countable
      Bombers moon. Could,nt make out the Chinese buggy thats up there
                                    Sparrowhawk effect on the Lapwings.
                                       Snipe coming in to roost

                                 Heron leaving the area to roost      

With only 30 minutes left to last light when I was clear of other duties  it was back to Shelf Moor to check the Lapwing/ Snipe count which was low in both instances.
Got three parts through counting the Lapwing flock 4 times when each time they were spooked by the horses and lifted off before landing so I could start the count again.
Just before I left at near dark a Sparrowhawk came over flushing the flock which moved lower down towards Shelf roundabout.
Snipe were active but several moved over to the Spaniard Hall quarry site.
A heart stopping moment when a small bird landed at the edge of the marsh which I thought was a Lapland Bunting until I got on it properly and found it was a winter plumaged Reed Bunting which was then joined by a second bird.

226 Lapwing
17 Snipe
2 Reed Bunting
c100 Starling
6 BH gulls.
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
BS

5 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Well done Bri. A nice mix for you today with the mild weather helping a bit especially your Curlew and geese earlier and the the Lapwings and Snipe. Didn't manage to get out today, just a few Redwing and more Fieidfare past Sandal ( where we had a very nice lunch with family). Think it might be a struggle to pick anything up this next week - too many jobs to do! !!!

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Nice photo's too.

Brian Sumner . said...

If I,d have known you were up at Sandal Farm I,d have called in for a free lunch.
Raggalds flood up there has plenty water in but just 2 Lapwings this morning.

john creber said...

Great photos Brian .......maybe next time you can capture that sparrowhawk! This blog is quality pal . For people like Christine and I who have limited 'local bird' knowledge , it gives us a real insight into the variety and frequency . Keep going pal and thanks .

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks for that John, it makes it all worthwhile to hear words like that. I,ll try for the Sparrowhawk but it usually passes me at 50 mph which is a bit faster than my camera focus.
Hope Christine is feeding that pied Jackdaw in your garden.
Good to see your Howard in the garage today for a natter.