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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesdays pilgrimage to Soil Hill

1500-1600 hrs Cool SE>4 with a mixture of dark clouds and blue skies. One or two light snow flurries.
My 4th visit to the hill this week proved much quieter than the last 3 apart from Skylarks with a count of 15 in total, DJS had 17 this a.m. The first 10 were on the first patch of Nyjer seed with 3 on the second and a further 2 across on the west summit.
                                                                    A full zig zag search of the summits and reed area failed to flush Jack Snipe just finding 2 Meadow Pipits and 2 Wrens whilst 5 Herring gulls went overhead >W.
The bottom NK pond field was void of any sort of bird life with no sign of Lapwing, Goldie or Starling with just the usual 2 Moorhen on the pond.
16 Fieldfare were mobile around the trig point field along with a few corvids.
                                                                  The last 15 minutes spent sky watching produced 23 LBB gulls and around 40 small gulls, mainly Black Headed, all making their way to the Oxenhope roost.
Otherwise the skies were quiet.
 See Comment from Mark Murray, here are his pictures.
                          Photos courtesy Mark Murray
Great pics Mark, not a nice thing to have around.
BS

1 comment:

mark murray said...

Its not exactly a bird but we have had a weasel visiting our fat ball feeder for the last couple of days.