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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Northowram / Coley Church/ Shelf Moor

                                              Coley Church
            Masses of Starlings at Shelf Moor

Out birding for 1430hrs just in time for the heavy rain and increase in wind back to near gale force.
Thought of another go at Ogden after a report from Angela and Gary of a good flock of mixed passerines showing including Tits, Goldfinch, Treecreepers and 5 Siskin  but the rain was now lashing and the wind strong so headed down to Northowram just ahead of the rain there hoping for Tree Sparrows in AC country but not to be.
On to Coley Church where the rain had caught me up so a look around the fields and back to Shelf Moor where I had to park the car head on into the wind for fear of it blowing it over like the wagon trailer at the side of me with wheels in the air.
Plenty Starlings, Lapwings and small gulls as well as at least 8 Meadow Pipits but a check of the juncus field produced no Snipe at all.

Northowram CC
2 Blackbird
c 60 Fieldfare
c 40 Redwing
usual small gulls and corvids

Coley Church
c100 Fieldfare
12 Redwing
6 Pied Wagtail
c150 Corvids, mainly Jackdaws.

Shelf Moor
98 Lapwing
c200 Starling
8 Meadow Pipit
Few small gulls
BS