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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Possible/Probable Snow Bunting, Soil Hill

A flying unplanned visit to Soil Hill at 1500 hrs got the adrenaline going when , what I would say was a Snow Bunting , flew from the east summit seeded area landing some 50 yds further north near the start of the mounds.
It flushed as I got onto the top near the big stone in a patchy area that looks good for Snow Bunt where I have been spreading Nyjer the last 2 weeks. The light was fading fast but as I got the bins on it just as it went down I got a bright white flank. It also had the jizz of a Snow Bunt flying briefly before dropping again unlike Mipits which tend to move further away when flushed although Mipits can look to have a light flank in the wind with feathers blowing open.
Knowing that there has been no Mipits up there the last week I stuck to Snow Bunt and walked on to try relocate it without success with the light now almost gone.
                                                              I did,nt put the bird out as it was too late for anyone to check tonight and the birders that visit the hill read my blog anyway so hopefully someone or myself will re locate it tomorrow. Apart from that, 90% sure isnt good enough.   3 Fieldfares were moving around the east summit whilst 9 Redwing went over towards Ogden.
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