Saturday, May 02, 2015

Cold Edge and Withens Head etc

Hec!!  it was cold up there this morning, overcast with a strong easterly and temperature down to 3c but I managed to do the Breeding Bird Survey for the BTO. Definitely not a day for standing still !!
Birds not bad today either
1 Little Grebe
1 Barnacle Goose
1 Pink-footed Goose still there with a few Canadas
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Oystercatcher
1 Redshank
Several Curlew and Lapwing
c8 Snipe both 'chipping' and 'drumming'
1 male Stonechat by the top small pond
4 Willow Warblers
Several Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and a few Skylarks
3 Wheatear
1 Kestrel
c35 Swallows on the lower Cold Edge Dam

Cold Ege Road
5 Golden Plover flyovers >E and another 12 in  a field just above Nolstar Kennels

Mixenden Reservoir
c75 Swallows and 2+ Sand Martins but no House Martins with them  and certainly no Swifts there yet. (Plenty at Minsmere yesterday I hear)
Pair of Great Crested Grebe

3 comments:

Brian Sumner . said...

An impressive list there Dave

Bradshaw Rambler said...

A good reward for you on a poor day Dave.
John

Dave Sutcliffe said...

I've only just thawed out (10pm)I've been warmer in winter!