Sunday, 7 May 2017
Ewden valley cabin and return, 7/5/17. D Simmonite, S Green.
Very cold wind and shelter took at the south facing gable where it was sometimes warm in the sun. First bird of note was a calling Cuckoo and what was thought to be another calling nearer the cabin. Big movement of 300+ Swifts going north mid aft but probably many more. A Short Eared Owl was hunting fields near brown edge. Raptors were - Red Kite 1, Peregrine 1 but probably 2, Common Buzzard 10+, Kestrel 3. Also, - Raven 7, LBB Gull 2, Redstart 1 fem., House Martin 3 north, Snipe 1 chipping, Golden Plover 2 calling on broomhead moor, Stock Dove 1 pair and 1 Mountain Hare.