Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Withens Head and Crimsworth Dean

Withens Head - 5+ Wheatears on the field walls opposite the wind-farm today, mid afternoon. A nice sight to see they are coming back now, but as in recent years they all move on further north to return in the autumn. Hopefully we will be fortunate if any stay to breed.

Crimsworth Dean (upper)
At least 2 more Wheatears  though I arrived just after a heavy shower and there were Meadow Pipits all over the place, probably just passing over when the downpour came and they grounded for a while. They soon dispersed or continued their journey as the weather brightened.
Plenty of noise from the waders, with Curlew, Lapwing, Oystercatchers very vocal and  a few Golden Plover. No sign of any Ring Ouzels - my target bird for the afternoon !

A few Kestrels about, 6+ Pied Wagtails, 10+ Stock Doves, 2 Woodpigeons and 2 Jackdaws.
Little Owl calling continuously but I couldn't find it.!
Storm clouds gathering, and then it snowed and hailed with a vengeance - briefly !

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