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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Queensbury Pinkies and Coley Church

                                                          Coley Church

                                                                  Redwing

              Hundreds of Redwings


                                       Distant Fox.

                Pinkies over Queensbury air space


                                             And how they came





               As near as possible to the full skein   257.

Whilst typing up this mornings report from Leeshaw the phone went at 1120hrs with NK shouting PINKIES COMING YOUR WAY.
I grabbed the camera and shot out in the back garden and watched and waited. As I didnt know where NK was at this time I didnt know from which direction to expect the geese but suddenly that magical sound of geese approaching getting louder and louder.
Suddenly from over the houses I saw then some distance to my south and flying across the sun heading >W meaning the skein had altered direction slightly or they would have come straight overhead going by NKs blog report of WNW.
The sight and sound was amazing with at least 257 geese counted from the photographs, and my first of the year. Many thanks Nigel and sorry you had to sacrifice some photos to ring me.

The late afternoon session was a venue problem with fog over Queensbury getting thicker by the minute so I headed towards the trailer park where I could just make out about 50 Lapwings through the mist.
Driving lower down to Northowram where it was slightly better I checked A.C.s gull fields but nothing there but Jackdaws, where now ?
Trying a new venue I stopped by Coley church and walked down the bridleway to the fields which were full of Redwing and just a few Fieldfare and Mistle Thrushes, the same unusual mix as NK found today at Shelf Moor.
The same field held Pied and Grey Wagtail with several Robins, Dunnocks and Gt Tits in the hedges.
A good looking area which I shall be trying again in the future in brighter weather.
BS.

1 comment:

Nigel Kerwin said...

I don't mind missing photos at all because the important criteria is that you managed to get an accurate count.