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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Still Hunting the Bunting Ringby Top

                       3 Seperate Sparrowhawks about
                                        In the quarry, perfect Bunt habitat

                Busy airline skies
                         Top field in good form
                               More Sparrowhawks

                          Sun going down later now
  Sparrowhawks drifting across valley and over Mixenden res

Determined to dig out another Snow Bunting a trip to Ringby Top seemed in order late p.m.
A stonking afternoon with clear blue skies and icy WNW>5 although fog could be seen low down around the horizon which crept in after dark.
Although conditions were excellent on the top there was very little signs of bird life other than the 100 or so Corvids and about 20 Magpie, along with 2 Meadow Pipits, these being the only small passerines up there.
Sparrowhawks were interesting with 3 around throughout circling the top then drifting across over Mixenden reservoir before coming back and doing the same again always very high.
Again expected Pinkies but a 360 deg sky watch found nothing but small gulls and a few LBBs.
At least I can,t complain about the weather today for a change, see you tomorrow.
BS

4 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Like the final Sparowhawk pic Bri.

I bet I've got you on my 'airplane sky' photo taken from Perseverance Road towards Swalesmoor this aft (15:45 ish).
John.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats what I was thinking with your pic of Ringby.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Always worth a check up there Bri though the habitat on the fields is not as good as it was 2/3 years ago. Still worth a shot for SB or LB.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Dave, the 4x4 lads have done us a favour churning some good ruts.