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.
Pr, Linnet on the main track.
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 :
Soil Hill etc:
And now the Pipit dilemma
Very Dark Bird