Friday, February 24, 2017

Swales Moor

Ringby Lane this afternoon strolling around on the top looking for - well whatever might turn up.
Started off with distant Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk - not a bad start.....
1 Snipe flushed off the top
3 Skylarks
1 Meadow Pipit
c20 Herring Gulls >NW
2 Great Black-backed Gulls >NW
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull >NW
c40 Common Gulls loafing along the ridge
2 Stock Doves
usual corvids.
About to stroll back - "what's that skulking about in the tufts of grass" ? Ah Snow Bunting - "what a beauty." Put the word out and BS came after half-hour or so after a dash from Fly Flats. Well done Bri great to see you up there. Hope you've recovered ?
Nice to bump into JL as well on the way up as I came down.
The bird was still there at 16:30

Also check Brian's blog - 'West Yorkshire Birding' - always an interesting, informative and amusing read !

Snow Bunting


Bradshaw Rambler said...

An absolute stonker Dave.
Well done picking it, out in all that grass (hope for Soil Hill yet) and getting the word out.
Made my day ... made a few days... made my week.

Brian Sumner . said...

Great find Dave, just shows constant checking pays off in the end.Time for more yet as had them up till 7th March in 2015.
Many thanks for the call and waiting for me to arrive.
Think that bird is the nearest we,ll get to a summer plumaged bird, what a stonker.

Brian Sumner . said...

Lovely sharp pics Dave ,that 1.4s earned its keep.

AndyC said...

Very smart , great photos,,

Matt Bell said...

Great find Dave, well deserved.

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Great find Dave and well deserved and cracking pics, would of popped up myself but didn't read message till late as I was in bed after been on nights. Great to know that they still visit Ringby lane

Steve Blacksmith said...

Great pictures, Dave. It wasn't around when we were there at 8.30 Sunday and we had a good look round.