Sunday, 5 February 2017

Skylark Hill

    Managed to get out for a hour on Friday and decided
    to pop up to Soil Hill for a gander, first stop was Taylor
    Lane where 10 Redwing were in the tree and 20ish Golden
    Plover were in the field at the bottom of the lane but both
    flocks decided to scarper as soon as I got out of the car, I
    then parked at the top of the lane hoping to see the Little
    Owl but couldn't find it so up to the hill I went always
    hopeful but absolutely nothing to see until I got to the
    tree line where a single Mallard was on the little pond
    and 200+ Lapwing were in the pond field, started to walk
    around the east side when all of a sudden Skylarks started
    popping up everywhere which was a joy to see and hear after
    a boring half hour up there, walked all the way around the hill
    hoping something else might show but it was just Skylarks so
    I then headed home to check on the garden and local field.

    Blackbirds & Mistle Thrush were showing well along with
    the Goldfinch and the Redwing showed up again for 5 Minutes,
    Great & Blue tits were on the feeders along with a lone Long
    Tailed Tit which was nice to see, Robin, Chaffinch, Starling,
    Dunnock, Wren, Collared Dove were also popping in.
     Yesterday Kept getting reports of Skeins of Pink Footed Geese flying over
    different area's of Calderdale but I didn't get to spot them, though
    while I was searching the sky a Raptor was being harassed by a crow
    which then headed over towards Swalesmoor.

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