I've been working nights this week so it was nice to get
a message through the grapevine about a Snow Bunting
found by Dave S up Ringby Lane tho it was too late to
do anything about it yesterday so popped up this morning after work
in dark wet and cold weather, as I was walking up the hill
I spotted Dave S up there who pointed me in the right direction,
how he spotted the bird yesterday I've no idea but a great job done
by him and what a beauty she was, it wasn't easy getting a shot of her
with gale force winds blowing us off our feet.
While I was there up another 5 people turned up with camera's in hand and
the weather getting worse, she was turning into quite a celebrity, I keep
saying she as me and Dave S decided she was a female, also while on
the top field a Raptor was seen being mobbed by Crows at the bottom
of the track but couldn't get a positive ID and in the far distance a
Curlew was flying over Halifax again spotted by Dave S and confirmed
by me and AT, I think Dave S must be related to Superman with his
excellent vision, he spots birds for fun.
On the way back down to the car I spotted a bird on the quarry track
and with rain covered eyes thought and hoped it was a Twite but as
it got closer I realised it was a drenched Meadow Pipit, I even shouted
to Dave S that i think its a Twite until it got closer and then I felt like
a numpty, also in quarry were 6 other small birds but couldn't ID them
properly, back at home in the garden were 2 Mistle Thrush, Blackbirds,
Starling and 2 Collared Dove.
Thanks to the grapevine I got another 2 ticked off on my yearly bird count,
and nice to meet other birders up there.