Ned Hill track produced my first Little Owl here for a year or two but wouldn't give it up for photos. So, I put the camera back into the rucksack, which proved fatal for the next good bird I encountered.
I got to the stables at the end of Coal Lane and noticed some excited Swallows; the cause of this was a falcon slowly circling above the Ogden plantation. It didn't look right for Kestrel and on my first good view, I thought maybe juvenile Peregrine. Then it became crystal clear when I saw it was wearing a pair of red trousers - Hobby! It slowly spiralled upwards and drifted NE over Soil Hill; I opted to spread the news rather than go for the camera. (I've booked a doctors appointment to cure this benevolent attitude).
TMR environs: Snipe flushed at close quarter, 3 LBBG, Curlew, several Reed Bunting, 3/4 Swift, Oystercatcher, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, pr Grey Partridge.
Fly Flatts Res: On arrival met with a male Stonechat. This was followed shortly after by an adult Yellow-legged Gull flying slowly > Leeming Res.
I then had quite a puzzle on my hands when a wader started creating from the grassy area next to the shore. It wouldn't shut up, but fortunately the camera eventually came to the rescue; it was a juvenile Dunlin and must have been born locally.
|There was an awful amount of light bouncing around for the shore shots.|
I was close to dropping by the time I reached Ogden Res: pr GC Grebe, Grey Heron, LBBG, 6 BHG, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 WW, hirundines. Quite a few House Martin flying around between here and Bradshaw.
Oats Royd: forget it, now a question of survival!