Wednesday, December 23, 2009

An Exaltation...



...of Skylarks. Today the coast around here is absolutely lifting with them. Out in the back field (above, please click on it) were 500+ and another 2 - 300 were between the farm and the teepee. The flock behind us attracted the attention of this Sparrowhawk and one lark ended up as lunch.

In with the larks were a few Meadow Pipits looking very groggy now in the cold. Some scuffling along fence bottoms, dunnock fashion. A Fieldfare arrived from high this afternoon and pitched in to the same field. 5 Golden Plovers and 8 Lapwings were in the hayfield.

This afternoon I flushed another Woodcock when out collecting wood behind the hall.

Tom Cadwallender called me to say he had seen the two Ravens near the farm this morning before they flew off towards the dene. Despite a good walk down that way I had neither sight nor sound of them.

The sea is quiet with only one or two Eiders and 3 Goldeneye to be seen...

2 comments:

Dean said...

That`s an impressive number of Skylarks. They must be continental birds.

Warren Baker said...

All the Skylarks have left my area now, well, all but a few single flyovers.