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Friday, March 31, 2017

They,re back. Soil Hill Wheatears

                       First sighting, female Wheatear

                                          Plenty Meadow Pipits holding territory
                                                          1 pair Wheatear


                                          Mostly males present.





        Pair of Teal way down on the NK pond

A last day of the month check on Soil Hill sent me into April in style with at least 6 Wheatear , a female Ring Ouzel briefly and a pair of Teal on the pond.
                                                           Bright and sunny with a few black clouds on a strong SW>6 but this seemed to affect me more than the birds, hence the camera shake.
Wheatears started showing from the word go with at least 6 present but probably more if Id have had the time to search further.
A check on Ring Ouzel clough paid off although I went about it all wrong ,not expecting to see anything there . I stuck my head over the ridge , camera not at the ready, and there was a female Ring Ouzel on a fence post right at the bottom in the usual area which immediately took off and flew across to the stone pile down on the Shay, not to be re located.
                                                                             Up to 8 Skylark were present as well as several Meadow Pipits, 2 Wrens along with a Kestrel and a Common gull fly overs.
Beware looking for Ring Ouzel up there as a pair of Blackbirds are in the bottom of the tree line which had me going for a minute.
BS

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