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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ringby Top and Wheatear influx

        Plenty Chaffinch Ringby Lane bottom
                       Brambling  gone
               

 This bird was flying and eating but looked
                                      in poor shape.
             Ringby Top, corvids fill the air
         A mixture of Herring and LBB gulls >W
                                     Copper Chopper
          Plenty Wheatear in the quarry.







  Local LBB gulls already on egg and chick patrol.





Started the long hike up to Ringby Top at 1600 hrs in bright but breezy conditions with a W>5 blowing on the summit. I was on 2nd shift today with DJS just on his way down as I was going up so after a few words we set off in our opposite directions.
                                                              Things were quiet on the top with the usual sky full of corvids whilst several Herring and LBB gull headed >W with 4 LBB gulls present throughout .
A check of the Yellow Wagtail field found it now over grown but the next field on looked promising and worth keeping an eye on. Today it held 4 Wheatear and several Mipits.
                                                                     Luckily a check in the quarry saved the afternoon with a count of 7 more Wheatear and a small flock of 5 Linnet. A male Blackbird gave me the run around thinking Ring Ouzel until it finally showed itself fully to dash my hopes.
On the way home 2 more Wheatear were spotted in Taylor Lane and 3 at the bottom of Perseverance Road near to the YW building.
                                                                      So finally things are buzzing with a count of :-
15 Common Sandpiper this weekend and 38 Wheatear.
A text this morning from the Angela/Gary team reported a single Swift over Pickering. My earliest sighting of Swift is 30/04/ 2012 over Queensbury thought AC had one on the 26/04/2012 at Cold Edge Dams.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

2nd shift did a lot better than the 1st shift !!!! good to see you up there Bri.

Brian Sumner . said...

All the action was in the quarry Dave