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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wheatear back on Soil Hill

3 Wheatear found on my last trawl of Soil Hill (SE corner) today at approx 1300 hrs. Prior to that: 17 Carrion Crow, 18 Meadow Pipit, 20 Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, Chaffinch 13 Linnet, 3 Mallard, 3 Curlew, Grey Heron, pr Stonechat, 5 Reed Bunting, Wren. 3 Roe Deer.

4 Linnet at Raggalds.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

More on Mail to blogger - Images

After spending a couple of hours on various applications and finally exploring the Blogger help library I can confidently say Image files CANNOT be mailed to the blog from the user Email account. On the plus side for the new Google software, this image was uploaded directly with ease and without the need for Picasa. You simply click on the image symbol, which is the penultimate right hand on the toolbar ( I love using that word hehehe)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Photos dont work

But I suppose you can,t have everything ,BS

Gulls in Foxhill Park

Test to see if a photo works
B Sumner

Sunday, March 25, 2007

No Wheatear, but busy.

Expected at least one Wheater in these sunny Easterly conditions but was disappointed. However, other species were active on Soil Hill:

11 Meadow Pipit, 28 Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Curlew, Sparrowhawk, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, 19 Linnet, 5 Twite (No leg rings seen) Reed Bunting, pr Stonechat, Wren.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Out in a cool easterly

Soil Hill, quiet with just 5 Mallard, Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit, 22 Skylark and one undetermined species. A flock of 20 Skylark had a stranger among them - on taking flight with several calling, another 2/3 different calls were heard. A bunting sized bird was seen from below but only briefly and no colours were discerned. I played the calls of Snow Bunting on return home as this was the only species that sprung to mind, but I cannot be certain, alas and alack.

Raggalds Floods proved interesting as it contained 2 full breeding plumage LBBG gulls showing all characteristics of Larus Fuscus, or Baltic Gull as it is nowadays termed. Also present were 3 Common Gull, one of which had decidedly odd wing tips, bringing Kittiwake almost to mind. Again on returning home, I was able to rule out the latter, Sorry Brian! A pale Alba wagtail was dancing about with a BHG and Mallard also present.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Belated Report Monday

A Tawny Owl was seen to fly from across the road into the trees at side of Victoria Hall on Monday night approx 2030hrs by M&K Duffy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another Soil Hill tick

Thought it would be a change to get blasted by a Northerly, so off I set up to Soil Hill, meeting BS on the way. We discussed the paucity of birds in the bottom pond this winter; yours truly mentioning a set of 'Wader' tracks that are visible. Turns out I was wrong, the culprit is a Moorhen, which according to my records is certainly a personal first for the location. Other birds getting an hammering were: Meadow Pipit, pr Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, 90 Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare. Seed put down previously all gobbled up and more laid down.

Mountain had a pr Skylark.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bleedin Wind

Queensbury - 2 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 11 Common Gull en route to SH.

Soil Hill - Wind made real hard work this morning. The feeding station was covered with droppings, small, not game bird sized and all seed gone, which is encouraging. More seed put down, in the hope it didn't get blown over to Clayton Heights in the W/NWerly.

Golden Plover still in Winter plumage or immature; Lapwing; m Pied Wagtail full breeding plumage on top field. Lower slope had flighty Linnet and some Greenfinch - hard to count, but looked like 20 & 6/7 respectively. 12 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Littlemoor/GC area.

Cold and quiet. Amongst the expected were: pr Long-tailed Tit, 45 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Skylark. White Crow flew across road on return home.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Movement at last

Soil Hill - 6 Meadow Pipit, 24 Skylark, 4 Lapwing, Grey Partridge, Pheasant, 14 Linnet, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, pr Stonechat. 3 Roe Deer

Old Guy Rd, Qby - 4 singing Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Change of Birdbrain URL

Testing to see if my change of URL from Hillbillybirder has worked OK

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Meadow Pipit Anybody?

Soil Hill in a noticeable WSW - almost closed. Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 1 Linnet, pr Mallard, pr Grey Partridge, about 100 Starling. Seed put down.

So tell me, where are the other Meadow Pipits? I didn't even get any odd uns in Queensbury and my last 2 years records upto date, did show more than this years tally. Pied Wagtail singing at Raggalds.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Soil Hill Westerly

Very breezey indeed and despite the fact that I saw frogs spawning, the Spring like atmosphere didn't bring many birds. Kestrel, pr Grey Partridge, Meadow Pipit, 11 Skylark. I resumed the laying of seed in the SE corner.

2 Skylark were singing in the fields by Old Guy Rd, Qby, with pr Mallard and a Common Gull at Raggalds flood.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Tawny Cacophony

Loud calling early this morning, but I couldn't tell if it was just the one bird or more.