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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stonking Stonechats for Soil Hill

                                         Male Stonechat ( rubicola)
                                             female Stonechat

   Wishy washy pics at distance and fading light

 Was hoping for a ginger rump on this female to
make it into a Siberian ( maura ) but not to be.


                               Birds favouring the stone circle area.
                                         A wintery Soil Hill


                                  Sun and snow on Pen y ghent

A late afternoon Soil Hill Snow Bunt hunt failed to provide the target bird but rewarded me with my first pair of Stonechat at this location for a long time where once they were an every visit sighting.
This pair were reported by JL over a week ago at the NW end of the west summit but not been re located since.
As I trudged through snow over the boot tops in places on the east summit, hoping that some of the now thawed patches would bring a Snow Bunt down, a small bird flicked across the mounds and landed in some exposed grass, male Stonechat. It then flew across the track towards the west summit closely followed by the female.
After finishing my Snow Bunt check I circled around the west summit to try re located the Stonechats although daylight was now against me but as I was ready for giving up and heading for the track a small bird appeared in the distance on the stone circle, male Stonechat, followed by the female.
                                                                 The pair kept flitting down inside the circle then back up onto the stones giving me chance to snatch a few record shots before they moved off towards the old mistle.
Otherwise quiet up there in the conditions along with quiet skies but luckily , as most times, something turns up to save the day.
BS

2 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Great Stonechat pics Bri - nice to get both Male & Female birds as well - especially on S.H.
Like the snowy Pen Y Ghent shot as well.

Snow Bunt. next week (hopefully).

John

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Cracking find Bri, you deserved it for venturing up there in this weather, who dares wins.