Saturday, 13 December 2014

Pugneys Country Park - West Yorkshire

                                           Blyth's Pipit Crowd

Finally managed to get a chance to go and see the Blyth's Pipit which had been found by my mate Jonny Holliday on Monday. I teamed up with Micky D and we left his house at 3.45am. We arrived shortly after 7.20am and parked up relatively close by.

From here we made the short walk to the flooded field that the pipit had been frequenting. After a good catch up with Jonny a pipit came of the deck abd flew up calling as it went, a very similar call to a flava wagtail to my ears. It circled up and nobody else looked at it except four of us standing on the bank. It flew across the road and continued towards Calder Water calling a couple of times as it went.

Soon enough it flew back over our heads and landed conveniently in an Alder at c150yds distance. It sat here for a good 10mins preening and sunning itself before dropping down into the flooded field again and was lost to view.

We decided to go and have a look round the Country Park and had a decent amount of birds including some stunning drake Goldeneye and Goosander. Soon enough we were on our way home and arrived back late afternoon. Many thanks to Mick for driving.

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