Moderator: Neil Southworth
Yesterday evening walked up Well Lane and across the moors south of Heatherlea Woods, along the top of the bluff to the White Coppice-Great Hill path, up to Great Hill and back to Brinscall.
There were hundreds of Woodpigeons eating the Whinberries on the moors. Flushed a flock of +100 up from near the stand of trees SW of Well Lane, and several other flocks +20, individuals and small groups along the way. Observed many WPs eating the berries on and below the bluff too. Walking back through the woods at 2200hrs, there was a regular clatter as roosting WPs were disturbed.
I've not known this in previous summers and it figures because recently I've seen a significant increase in Woodpigeons locally (and my car is freshly splattered purple each day which isn't so bad). There were purple droppings on paths up Great Hill, I suspect the sheep are feeding on the berries too.
Sadly, in several recent walks in all weather along the bluff - normally a hirundine hotspot - I've seen 1 Swift (11th July 1800hrs). None last night and it was a glorious evening...
Approx 15 House Martins above the house/Brinscall Lodge yesterday evening.