Monday, April 05, 2021

Mixenden Reservoir and Hunter Hill

It was really nice and quiet up there this morning - bitterly cold though that's ok, but it certainly kept any birds low down in the various sheltered gullies on the east facing hill.

1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Linnet, 60+ Meadow Pipits, 3 male Wheatears. Only 4 Lapwings were seen but 9 Curlew were together in the fields by Stodfold obviously preferring the shelter down from the moor.

Reservoir - 4 Canada Geese, a Moorhen and a fly-by male Sparrowhawk with a single loan Black-headed Gull on the water. (Never know what might turn up there so it's always worth a check).

Some good summer visitor reports in the last week or so with a few Wheatears, Swallows, Sand Martins and a House Martin as well as 2 reports of  Willow Warblers along with Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. This cold spell might delay some of the other summer visitors. There are also still just a few winter visitors hanging on, with Fieldfares still about and a couple of Bramblings reported.

I recently down-loaded some photos and came across this one from Jay House Lane on 27th Mch. I was aiming at the 2 Mallard and at the time missed this other bird which looks to be having a go at them. How did I miss that !!! Looks a bit owl like ?

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