Sunday, May 22, 2022

Soil Hill; Updates from the week

Soil Hill

-1 Shelduck flew north on the 19th, distantly over Thornton Moor Reservoir. This is a patch tick for me, number 116

-On the 16th, in the evening, a Cuckoo was mobile around the North Slope area

-On the 16th and 17th a pair of Grey Partridge was observed on Taylor Lane

Migrant numbers seem to be up to their usual contingent, with at least 5 Whitethroat and 8 Willow Warblers holding territory, although still no sign of any Sedge Warblers. A Grasshopper Warbler has been reeling on and off below Taylor Lane. A few Swifts have been around but not as many as would be hoped for. House Martins have been seen on two dates during the week, both flybys.

An impressive performance from the local Snipe population, with at least 5 birds displaying and no doubt numerous others tucked away in the sedges. Quite the spectacle. 

-Common Shelduck
-Grey Partridge
-Common Cuckoo

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