23/03/2013 – Wintry Wheata


Now that was a snowfall. It’s ridiculously deep out there, and I had a bit of a trudge round Wheata Wood this morning.

Highlights were 4 great spotted woodpeckers (including a territorial pair seeing off an intruder, and some drumming despite the weather), 6 redwing, a pair of bullfinches and 3 meadow pipits feeding among the bare patches of grass under the hooves of horses. A kestrel perched a few feet away from me, giving me the odd glance but not really bothered by my presence, before finally sloping off.

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In Grenoside there was a flyover by 20 or so redwing, and another foraging meadow pipit on Hill Top Lane, and a flock of c25 siskin in a garden on Top Side, as well as a mixed finch flock of goldfinch, greenfinch and chaffinch doing the rounds.

No early spring migrants, strangely enough!


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