Two hours searching for Crossbill & Brambling on a
dark, cold, frosty and dismal morning up at Walshaw
Dean but trying photography in this morning dull light is
a nightmare, I need to get me a £10'000 f2 lens ha ha
( In my dreams ). First birds I came across were 2
male Pheasant as I was driving up to Walshaw, first
birds on the moor were 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat,
and Crows. Then up to the plantation in high hopes but
nothing so I waited & waited & waited, finally I heard
the Crossbill calling but at a distant and then they finally
made an appearance about 6 of them but none came close
to the pathway trees so getting a decent shot was difficult.
A single Buzzard flew high overhead about 8 Goldfinch
and similar number of Goldcrest were in the woods but
no sign of the Brambling worst luck, and 2 Fieldfare were
on the telephone wires.
I was tired and cold so thought I'd
have a look at Fly Flatts, Wainstalls and Soil Hill on the
way home, I shouldn't have bothered as one Stonechat was all
that was to be seen, even JL's Little Owl wasn't playing out.
One Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 4 Goldfinch in the garden.
I should've gone out later as the sun came out after 1 o'clock.