Friday, March 29, 2013

Fifteen Miles and Three Moors....


From Foreside Lane....

Foreside...

TMR in camouflage!

Keighley Moor....

Leeming...

Nab....

Fly Flatts in Camouflage!

Fly Flatts in Camouflage...

Stake Hill.....

Oxenhope Moor....

The Hand that Feeds!....




A Peruvian Interlude!!!.... Four snaps....
Fifteen images all Copyright 2013

A beautiful morning here and the first placid sunny one for a long time. Bitter cold on the tops tho with temperatures below freezing up to lunch time and perhaps after judging by the condition of the snow. Almost the whole of the standing water was still deep frozen with reservoirs in camouflage!
Still little happening here in the sky over the Oxenhope area. A fifteen mile walk this morning confirmed a mipit presence but for me unusually right on the very tops of the hard frozen moors where all the snow had probably blown off and way over into Lancashire. Couldn't find any mips lower down at all as still not much melt of snow cover. Although quite mushy in the bottoms with many fields now exposed and getting away well. Lapwings gone altogether from the high in-byes as had everything else except a couple of packs of flushed snipe. In the sky, two lots of pinks heard but couldn't find any and bins in bag at that time. Also still lapwings flying east but nothing else likely to be moving noted. The only Curlews located or heard were a group gathered together on one of the lower in-byes. The golden plovers on the high moors for weeks now were not in evidence where I walked and the usual marginal pastures were not occupied. Thought at one time that I was still in Peru.....

Dave
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4 Comments:

Blogger NigelK said...

Interesting Perusing your post, I hope the thought of you being back there didn't alama you.

March 30, 2013 8:54 am  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Nice one Nigel!.... it did in actual fact when I came round the corner and that herd of big brown shaggy ones came charging my way. Funny I always thought of llamas as being a bit smaller than that. Red-necked Wallaby on our moors next!

March 30, 2013 9:54 am  
Blogger Brian Sumner . said...

Good report Dave, nice to see the blog bursting back to life, keep it coming.

March 30, 2013 6:17 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Thanks Bri, but after all it is (or should be) Spring now and birds to see! Batten down for for the mipit onslaught as whilst few this morning, this evening whilst walking home more than 50 getting up from the now bare fields and continuing on north.... best so far for me. Perhaps will be coming at it from a slightly different more active and mobile angle this Spring.

March 30, 2013 7:03 pm  

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