Thursday, 18 April 2013

Windy Wednesday

Ian & Keith's previous post was entitled Wet Wednesday.  On the same day, but possibly earlier in the day, I did the Hulne Moor NEBS visit.  I hadn't really appreciated how windy is would be up by the Golfball, but I could hardly stand up in some of the gusts.

Nevertheless the highlights for me were the two Swallows hawking over Freeman's Gap pond - my first of the season.  Meadow Pipits were there in force - my count was 44.  The apparently poorer numbers of singing Skylarks (only 9) and Curlew (1) might well be explained by the strength of the wind keeping them skulking on the ground.  Otherwise there was little of note apart from a single Woodcock, 5 Red Grouse and 7 Red-legged Partridge and 6 Mallard.

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