Sunday 9 May 2021

Ewden valley + 9/5/21.

More comfortable this Sunday in warmer winds but very steady and time and patience required. 4 hours at the lodge went by pretty quickly with 2 Merlin, 3 Red Kites, 4 C Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 6 Ravens. Male Redstart in the clough at the lodge briefly, Stonechat 4, Ring Ouzel 1, Cuckoo 1. Meadow Pipit 38 with a few nest building. Chipping Snipe 2, pair of calling Oystercatchers e., Greylag 2 n., Stock Dove 3, Linnet 5. Movement poor with only 2 Swifts, 2 House Martins, 15 Swallows and a party of 8 LBB Gulls w. Friday 7th, Lesser Whitethroat in garden at Bolton on Dearne at the former Angel pub car park. Worthy of a mention as this species is down 50 per cent so far this year at Wilthorpe Marsh.

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