Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Hunter Hill

A steady trickle of Swifts >SW (c80) coming from Ogden coll and down the valley towards Mount Tabor in 2 hrs mid afternoon
2 Grey Partridge with a chick just able to fly
2 Kestrels
Local Swallows and mipits
c40 B H Gulls at Stodfold
11 L B B Gulls >SW
Whinchat and Reed Bunting nearby
I also ended up rescuing a lamb with it's head stuck in a mesh fence and it just wanted to go forward! Once I got hold of it by the scruff of the neck it stopped kicking and I eased the small horns through and gave a tug on its head and out it came. It just walked off without a backwards glance.


Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks for the Whinchat info Dave, will have to be a weekend project for me now.
Few Swifts through at this end today.

Matt Bell said...

Dave - in my experience, that lamb would have died in a very short space of time. Sheep that are trapped have an incredible 'off' switch that they don't hesitate to deploy if they realise there's no way out. Well done!

Jeff Cox said...

I also found that sheep don't bother looking back after being rescued Dave. I've sorted two of the ungrateful blighters out in the last year that were in difficulties, one riggwelted and one stuck in a bog!

Whinchat is a good find up there, I haven't seen one all year to date so may take a walk up.

Steve Blacksmith said...

Reported to me by a friend as being from her brother - a sheep farmer - "Sheep can die suddenly for several different reasons, but the most common cause of death is sudden death syndrome".