Saturday, 25 February 2017

Grapevine Beauty

     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.


  1. Well done Dave. Nice one with the Curlew identification as well with the long shot as it flew high west.