Saturday, 9 February 2008

Crosscliff, Dalby

A ride up through Forge Valley today to Hackness at mid-day but no raptors in the air.

On towards Dalby and there was a black rabbit on the verge between the Hackness Grange Hotel and the Troutsdale turn off.

Just beyond that junction there was a small flock of Bull Finch in the bottom of the hedge row.

On through Langdale End we stopped at the North Riding Forest sign where we saw Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Goldcrest.

Imediately past the old toll point in Dalby was a flock of 10+ Bull Finch.

Walked circular route from Crosscliff car park. Heard mostly Goldcrest but saw little until beautiful pair of Common Crossbill in very difficult light. Pictures are poor record shots and do not do justice to the bright rust red/orange of the mail bird.

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