Saturday 13th December, 2014. At last, a decent morning weather wise prompted me to take a hike up Pendle Hill. A covering of snow and hard frost made the trek a slow and tentative affair but the summit was eventually reached unscathed!
Red Grouse are a common sight on Pendle and today was no exception. Lots of male birds could be seen both on the ground and in flight, although some distance away. Also on view were three Ravens heading north over the plateau (two of the three below)..
As the trig point came in to view, a flock of small birds coming in to land caught my eye. A closer look revealed that these were Snow Buntings, a quick count revealed about 20 birds. Snow Buntings, like Dotterel are a Pendle speciality that drop in on passage at certain times of year. I’d guess that this particular flock had just arrived as they didn’t seem too worried about my presence and were keen to commence feeding in the grasses.
How glad was I to choose this particular day to go up Pendle! This was the first time I’ve managed to see Snow Buntings anywhere, never mind on the doorstep. The next hour and a half was spent watching and photographing these little gems feasting, taking in the calories. Eventually, I called it a day and left them still busily feeding.
Saturday the 13th of December turned out to be a lucky day, Snow Buntings, in snow and near perfect light – and I had them all to myself!
Here’s a selection of photographs from the morning..
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