Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Swales Moor - 18th November


A couple of hours on the top at Ringby Lane this morning. Weather not too bad when I got there but the gloom set in as the WSW wind started to blow bringing cloud and drizzle.
Ringby Lane >SE with Beacon Hill in the middle and Emley Moor mast just about visible at the left

Pair of Kestrels to start with but it went downhill from there with just 3 Meadow Pipits and the usual 'glut' of corvids on the top. 40+ Common Gulls also around the top with 6 Herring Gulls and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull >SW. 
Then in the distance - a flock of Pink-footed Geese heading in my directions at around 10:30 - 62 (if I can count !) heading >NW but finding difficulty in keeping to any sort of formation in the blustery cross-wind.

Just got home and call from SC 11:35 - "pinks over Ovenden". I just got out of the car and there they were, another skein a bit distant having the same struggle in the wind. Managed some poor shots but this skein was 60 individuals (thanks Steve).


Bradshaw Rambler said...

A gloomy day Dave.
Good do getting some Pinkies though..... I missed both lots.
You are odds on for a Snow Bunting up there.. Probably tomorrow in the snow.
Could do with this strong wind to take a hike though.

David Sutcliffe said...

Yes, some northerly winds and cooler temperatures on the cards - we'll see !!

Brian Sumner . said...

Hung out of the bedroom window for your Pinks Dave but no joy.