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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Soil Hill p.m.

                   Alive with Meadow Pipits


        Ring Ouzel clough, not living up to its name.
                         First summer Lesser Black Backed

                            Skylark up in the sun.

Using up a bit of my parole this evening I headed up to Soil Hill to check the situation.
Actually in shirt sleeves tonight which has got to be a one off and the sun was still burning down with wall to wall blue sky .
Real raptor looking skies but surprisingly void of movers other than a couple of LBB gulls.
The hill itself was buzzing with the resident birds counting at least 12 Skylark and 40+ Meadow Pipits.
The Shay fields were full of Corvids and Lapwings after a days muck spreading although the 2 resident pair of Lapwings were doing a good job of seeing everything off.
The pair of Oystercatchers were nowhere to be seen, possibly due to the Lapwings, although a single Curlew was still present.
A Snipe was up drumming briefly whilst a pair of Pheasant and 3 Grey Partridge kept low in the long grass.
A good check on the tree line and Ring Ouzel clough failed in producing but I managed to scrape up 5 female Wheatear , 3 around the north slope, 1 at the bottom of the clough and 1 briefly by the mast.
BS


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