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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birding the black hole.

With conditions ideal and a cold NE>4 blowing I felt sure to meet my 3 target birds on Soil Hill but how wrong can you be. My aim was Snow Bunting, Pink Footed Geese and Whooper swans.

1430 hrs so a good early start to do a thorough check of the hill for Snow Bunt but the hill was,nt playing and I drew a complete birding blank other than a single Carrion Crow.
With that dip accepted I stood on the NW summit and concentrated on 1 hours sky watch which amazingly produced not one moving bird.
With excellent visibility I watched 360 degrees with Ingleborough to the north, the White Horse on the North Yorkshire moors to the east, beyond Saddleworth moor to the south and beyond Studley Pike to the west and still no birds.
I could see several gulls on the Oxenhope roost but nothing at all flying.
With an empty camera and notebook and head held low I sloped back to the car when suddenly I doubled my bird sightings when the Carrion crow flew past with its mate making that 2 birds I,d seen all the watch.
Just to add salt to the wounds I then got a grapevine message reporting 1 Snow Bunting at Green Withins.
At least I was looking for the right bird but at the wrong location the same as this mornings Whoopers.
BS

4 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Wow - TWO Carrion Crow on Soil Hill amazing.
I hate to say it, but you saw more in the fog.

Soil Hill's getting a bit like Monty Python's cheese emporium - without the cheese.

I was thinking of calling up Soil Hill, myself, this aft. - pity - we could have had a real long natter!!
Not often you don't post photos on a weekend day.

Regards
John

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right John, can,t remember a worse vist to Soil Hill in good conditions.
At least Februarys almost out of the way.

David Sutcliffe said...

At least the daylight is lengthening now and getting towards Wheatear/Ring Ouzel time - maybe after another 2 weekends if we are lucky(?)

Brian Sumner . said...

Something to look forward to Dave, its been a long quiet winter.