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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Soil Hill and day of the Common gull

          A good count of Common gulls moving through.
                       Still wearing winter head gear.

Soil Hill 1500 hrs. strong SW>5 with mixed blue skies and sunshine and banks of mist swirling round.
9 Skylark on the 2 nyjer feeding areas and the female Reed Bunting briefly on the mounds. c200 Lapwings down on the Shay but no Goldies with them, just Starlings and Carrion Crows.
The usual 2 Grey Partridge were at the top of the tree line whilst the Heron was at the bottom not far from the NK pond.
2 Kestrels hovered over the Ned Hill track which has been a bit of a rare sight lately.
Common gulls have been the bird of the day with a steady passage throughout all >NW with 52 settling in Foxhill park for a while over lunch time and around 40 in fields surrounding Soil Hill.
BS

3 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Good to Get Kestrel and (for me .. hard to find) Grey Partridge.
Cool Common Gull close up BRI.

John

David Sutcliffe said...

Pleased to hear of some 'Kessies' about Bri, they have really been scarce this last winter.
Grey Partridge are getting scarce these days !

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Dave, no Kessies here till a couple of weeks back when one is back hovering around the park area where once it was a daily sighting.
Grey Partridge are down to 2 on Soil Hill but there,s about a dozen on the Gulf area of Oats Royd so I,m told.