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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sign of Spring, 1st Swallow and Raggalds Flood Wheatears

             Distant record shots of first Wheatears back at the flood
   Very distant poor record shots.

A cold N>4 blowing bringing snow flurries and hail showers on an otherwise bright day.
A call this morning of a Swallow over Oxenhope by HC was a pleasing start to the day, thanks for that Compo.
Then a dinner time check on the Raggalds Flood found the first returning Wheatears with what I thought was a pair but photos later found there were 2 males and a female, possibly the first reported female this spring.
DJS and Jen checked the field shortly afterwards but no signs although the Lapwings were constantly bombarding them. Its going to be hard keeping any returning Redshanks there with the Lapwings holding territory although a Pied Wagtail did,nt have the same problem.

A horrendous 2hr journey back from Leeds this tea time doing 10 mph the full length of the M 621 and part of the M 62, would,nt have minded if I could have watched for Red Kites but it was raining and coming dark. Never mind, we can do it all again tomorrow.
BS

1 comment:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Nice Wheatear find Brian.

Weather's on the up for weekend, something jucy might just drop in.
John.