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Friday, November 21, 2014

Shelf Moor, what a difference a year made.

This was Shelf Moor Trailer park field through November 2013

            Snipe at last light,
                 Flock peaked at 38 birds.


           Spectacular displays from the Lapwings
                A bonus to get Goldies
                   Snipe out in the open


            Massive flocks of Starlings

                                  Lapwings always present
            Flock peaked at 278 along with 15 Golden Plover.
                           Near dark and Heron off to roost.

A quick lunch time check of Shelf Moor trailer park field today found a dismal 9 Lapwing and around 50 Starling with no sign of Snipe which should now be coming out into the open from the juncus field and moving around as a flock .
November 2013 was amazing with the Lapwing flock increasing through the month to a count of 278 with 15 short staying Golden Plover mixed in with them.
A peak of 38 Snipe could be seen regular away from the secrecy of the juncus field where they fed and preened out in the open field.
Habitat conditions and weather are unchanged this year but so far the birds are not appearing.

Another grey day in the village today with the now normal heavy rain and fog late afternoon and throughout the evening.
Lunchtime found several Redwing moving around the outskirts of Foxhill park probably trying to find fruit bearing trees with are a bit thin on the ground in this area.

Well spotted to DJS today for finding a drake Wigeon on Ogden. See photo on Calderbirds,
BS

4 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Hope this week-end's a lot better than last Bri.
John

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Amazing shots of last years Snipe. Still time I guess if and when we get a cold snap !?

Linda said...

Lovely photos.

Brian Sumner . said...

Me too John, this fog is taking some shifting.

Thanks Dave, Linda.
It was as mild as this last November because the field was very wet and boggy. As you say, theres time yet.