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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ringby Top, Charming !!

                                     Plenty LBB gulls about

 Best I could do with your Buzzard way across the valley Dave. ( DJS )
      Mega charms of Goldfinch
 Count them if you like, answers on a postcard.









At last, decent weather late afternoon with a WSW>4 and 100% cloud cover with no sign of the blinding sun.
Ringby top was alive with Goldfinch moving around from patch to patch of thistles, one flock well over the 100 mark, whilst a small flock of 10 Linnets kept to the northern end around the banking.
Good to meet DJS up there making watching easier when viewing 360 degrees.
Corvids were up in force mobbing a Kestrel whilst LBB gulls harassed a Sparrowhawk . Meanwhile sharp eyed Dave clocked a Buzzard way across the valley low over Hunter Hill but unfortunately going in the opposite direction.
A small flock of  15 passerines flew over >S looking like Siskins but unfortunately neither of us could get a definite I.D. on them so they have gone down as : cud av bins :.
As we parted company and headed our separate ways, Dave to his car at the south end and me to my car at the north end, I got a call from Dave reporting a f Stonechat near to Ploughcroft, a bird I,d just been remarking about not having had one this year, but with time against me I had to give that one a miss for now.
BS

4 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Nice blog Bri. a formidable duo up there,with you and Dave,on Ringby Top this aft!

(4th Goldfinch picture holds 196 birds exactly).

John

Brian Sumner . said...

I demand a recount.
Nice one John, thanks for that, even more than we thought.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Great shots Bri especially 'the charmers' and made my day meeting you up there and enjoying what turned up - not a bad mix for less than an hours birding.
Sorry you missed the Stonechat as well.
Well done on the count John - great to have a mathamatition 'on board' !!!!!!

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

There were loads of goldies up there on Saturday evening but not as many as that it's swarming with em, it was like that with gulls, I remember as a kid that Goldfinches were a bit of a rarity now there around every corner they're really doing well.