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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The night shift. Soil Hill.


                                                  Soil Hill watch point

                                           Big Bertha on standby.
                           NK pond, 3 Mallard, 1pr Teal, 1 Moorhen.
                 Kestrel enjoying the thermals


   Herring gulls piling through the col

Snagged up until 1700 hrs tonight but ideal moving skies with a light breeze E>3 so back to the Soil Hill watch point until 1800 hrs and sun down.
Birds present were 37 Lapwing, 4 Curlew and 11 Stock doves in the NK pond field whilst the pond held 3 drake Mallards, 1pr Teal and a single Moorhen. The summit had the usual Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.
                         Visibility was better than yesterdays watch with the Yorkshire dales just visible through a low lying haze cloud to the north although viewing was hard to the west due to the low sun.
Three Kestrels were up over the ridge whilst the Fly Flatts Golden Plover flock of around 100+ kept showing from time to time around the wind farm.
                         The highlight of the hour was Herring gulls piling through the Causeway Foot col from the south heading over Oxenhope reservoir , then, as if they suddenly realized the gull roost had broken up, they turned and headed >E probably to Eccup reservoir. A count of 109 went through in the hour and as far as I could make out they were all Herrings. Still no Osprey but theres time yet.
                                                                             Dont forget to put your clocks on tonight which gives you 1 hour less in bed but 1 hour less to wait to the morning birding session.
I hope all you Mothers out there have a good and restful day tomorrow.
BS


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