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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Plot Night Cracker. Soil Hill

As if a Jack Snipe is not hard enough to keep focused
this one flew past the wind turbine which took
the focus off the bird and onto the turbine.

Soil Hill   1500-1600 hrs.
The strong , icy cold N>5-6 late afternoon gave me a taste for Snow Bunting so it was up to scour Soil Hill .  A single bird snooking along the track by the top pond got the blood pumping until it showed itself to be just a Mipit.
The long staying Jack Snipe flushed on me twice, firstly on the SE corner of the east summit, and secondly on the north end of the east summit, both times beating the speed of the cameras focusing apart from once when it stayed up long enough to get a focus on it until a wind turbine decided to get in on the act.
No Snow Bunts as yet but watch this space!
Thirty minutes sky watching produced 2 Kestrels, 1 Peregrine, high , fast and >W plus 28 Woodpigeons >SW.
The hill itself held 7 Meadow Pipits, 1 cock Pheasant and a single Blackbird.
I kept a scan to the west for DJSs Whoopers but no sign so I presume that they went off >W.
BS

4 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Snow bunt on the cards now Bri with this cold blast ! Good luck.

Brian Sumner . said...

Hope its better than last year Dave

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Flushed probably the same Jack Snipe this morning up there.
It was off like a rocket - well its Plot Night - no chance of a pic.
The wind was something else on the north side Bri wasn't it.
Snow Bunt. up next (and Waxwing at Foxhill??).

John

Brian Sumner . said...

Was a bit wild up there. Glad you got your Jack Snipe.