Friday, December 14, 2007

Snow Bunting - Bowland, Lancs - 13th Dec 2007.

Steven Flynn was keen to see a Snow Bunting, so He and I ventured into Bowland for a couple of hours from early afternoon with the intention of twitching one which had been present for a couple of weeks at the junction of Ringstone Lane along the Slaidburn-Bentham road. This smart bird now thought to be a female rather than a 1stw male (per coversation with Mike Watson) duly obliged feeding fairly close to the car whilst we remained inside. A Raven over and three Stonechat en-route were the only other birds of any note along Slaidburn Rd. A search for the Waddington Fell Great Grey Shrike on both the journey up and the return back to Blackburn proved negative despite seemingly perfect conditions for the bird to be showing, with just single Stonechat and Common Buzzard of any note. Nevertheless, it was great to be out in Bowland on such a glorious winters day.