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.








2 comments:

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

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