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Monday, January 9, 2017

Soil Hill is bouncing back

  Newcomer to the hill. Putting this as female Reed Bunt
           or early winter male.
            Male Reed Bunt in late winter plumage

                        Fieldfare and Starling mix

                                                Fieldfare


1430 hrs on Soil Hill was wet to say the least. I arrived just at the same time as a torrential rain, hail, sleet and snow shower which lasted 15 minutes which was ample time to give me a reet good soaking. After that the sun appeared on a fresh W>5 until the next shower hit.
Despite that the birding was good with a new arrival to the seed making 3 Reed Buntings present now, the newcomer being a female or early winter plumaged male but I have,nt got enough on it as yet as the 3 were very mobile.
                                                 Two Skylarks were present along with 3 Meadow Pipits whilst 5 Fieldfare moved around with a dozen Starling.
A Common Snipe flushed from the west summit and a cock Pheasant scared the living daylights out of me letting me nearly stand on it before it screamed up out of the long grass.
                                                   No repeat of yesterdays Snow Bunting , which incidentally, to save confusion, was a definite and not a possible as reported on D Brothertons blog yesterday, but with Reed buntings being drawn in to the Nyjer there,s every chance of a repeat, especially as the winter weather moves in later in the week.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Hope you've dried out by now Bri. Weather lets you know whose the boss up there !!!
Nyger seed paying off. I have some that needs using up so will get some up there as well as soon as I can.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks Dave, the Reed Bunts and Skylarks are always around the 3 places I feed on the east summit but an area I do on the west summit is untouched. I,m going to carry on through the summer in hope of pulling a Twite or 2 in.