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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Soil Hill late p.m. and how she blew.

A bit of a queue to get on the hill today which was surprising in the conditions. Angela and Gary gave it a coat of looking at late morning along with Bradshaw John and then myself late afternoon but all coming up with the same results.
Just as I was about to set off up there a howling sleet and snow blizzard appeared from nowhere lasting about 30 minutes so that delayed the start a bit then a bit more when I found Id left my boots outside from this morning and now they were full of snow.
On with the wellies and up the hill in a howling WSW>6-7 and light showers although I could see another mega downpour heading up the Calder valley in my direction.
A quick dash down the north slope tree line and a slow pant back up found no target birds and a check of another 2 spots nearby which are hot spots for Ring Ouzel produced the same.
By this time the skies were black and the rain and hailstones starting to come down so a dash across the mounds and east summit and back to the car just in time before another blizzard hit.
A third check today of the Raggalds flood found it void of birds. The water level is well down but a good area of wader inviting mud.

Soil Hill
1 pr Pheasant
1 Grey Partridge
3 pr Mallard
1 Heron
5 LBBs >N
+ usual Mipits and Skylarks.

A report from HC tonight of 82 Fieldfare at Oxenhope at tea time, sounds like they are ready for off. Thanks for that Howard.
BS

2 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

The Grey Partridge has eluded me up there so far Bri.
Leaving the boots out is me all over.
I know what you mean about the hail shower - I only went out to the bin and it gave me a thwack!
Good hunting tomorrow.

John

David Sutcliffe said...

Grey Partridge only just hanging on locally nowadays !