Monday, 7 May 2018

Shibden Park and Soil Hill

Shibden Park 13:30 - 15:30

Sue took Abi to see Shibden Hall today where there was a craft fair.
Being a history Philistine I decided to take a look through the woodland there, instead.

A scorching day and all the car parks were full.
We managed to park on the 'Hipperholme' road with 100's of others.

The weather had birds on Siesta Time I think.

A hot sticky roam about brought the usual woodland birds.

Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tit.
2m 1 f Blackcap, 2 Swallow and a Whitethroat were the pick of the crop.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker called the drummed then called then drummed from within 20 feet of me.
After 20 minutes looking, all I saw was a glimpse of an undulating dot as it left me!
Also a distant unid Raptor.

Soil Hill 18:30 - 20:15

The usual stroll up to and around Soil Hill this evening.
Still warm at 20:00 this evening.


On the way up:

Little Owl, distant Raven or Buzzard?
5 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail.
Taylor Lane  Wheatear.

Ned Hill Track:

6 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler.

Soil Hill:

Pr, Linnet on the main track.
Curlew, Lapwing.Kestrel
Pr. Red Legged Partridge.

Another Tree Pipit moment.

This bird is very dark and I thought it was a F. Reed Bunting at a distance.
Pretty sure it's not your bog-standard soil hill Meadow Pipit!
Also an Unid Small (Kestrel sized) Raptor > SE high, fast.
Very long and thin and angular is the best I can do.

Shibden Park :


Unid Raptor


Soil Hill etc:

And now the Pipit dilemma

Very Dark Bird


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