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Sunday, March 13, 2016

South Queensbury

1105 hrs on a glorious Spring morning so why was it hard to find birds? A good example being not one Single gull sp. until I reached Swalesmoor.
3 each Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker. 1 Jay. 2 dendrocopus woodpecker sp. unseen close together calling very weakly. 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk.

2 Mistle Thrush singing as were 3 Blackbirds. Dunnocks and Robins also exercising their vocal chords, less so Chaffinch. About 5/6 of the latter plus 6/7 Goldfinch seen along with pr Stock Dove and Woodpiggies..

Swalesmoor held scores of caaawvids but only 8 gulls. 5 of these were small species and 2 out of the other three larger birds weren't identified thanks to the presence of strong sunlight in my retinas.. However I did manage a dark backed adult LBBG heading NE.

Perhaps we could purchase this as a home for orphan Peregrines?
The walk from Ploughcroft via the bridle path back to the Queensbury end proved a bit disappointing; just 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackbird, couple Goldfinch seen. We usually have c12 Linnet showing themselves by this time of the year.
Upon reviewing this post I admit to feeling churlish; I should really be glad it was an enjoyable days walk.