It was a a big afternoon for us, our first visit to our local moors this year. Even only about 10 miles away we felt it was just not local enough under the past restrictions. One of the first things we saw was a flock of about 18 Golden Plover in full breeding plumage but not looking as though they were paired off yet. They were sat in a field on the edge of the heather moor along with some Oystercatchers that were defiantly in pairs, in fact peeping over the stone wall at least two pairs were sat tight on nests. Lapwings and Curlew were both doing display flights over the fields and moor. We have been hearing this call near home recently but it sounds better in this setting. It took a while before we heard and saw the resident Red Grouse we had hoped for and as the weather was turning nasty with rain,. hail and a bit of snow thrown in not the best weather to disturb birds in never mind bird watchers. On the short walk back we managed Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtail but unfortunately no raptors. It just felt great to get back to my favourite birding area back again soon hopefully.
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It's good to get out a little further from now on and catch up with what's going on. Shame about the weather. I was out in hail at the end of last week when they had forecast nothing worse than sunny intervals. Luckily, just sunny intervals since. My local area includes the West Pennine Moors, which has just about kept me sane over the last year. It's not so good for breeding waders although a couple of Golden Plovers braved it last year. But you can't move for Pipits, Skylarks and Wheatears in summer, which brings in the odd (and surprisingly elusive) Cuckoo. Hopefully, I should hear the first one shortly. Birds of prey are normally limited to Kessies and Buzzards, with the occasional Shortie and Hen Harrier if you're lucky. The Peregrines roundabouts are almost universally townies! It's not too far to go for the Dark Peak or Forest of Bowland so trips are forthcoming!
Always good to get out, but even more so with the current circumstances.....
A favourite reserve of mine opened yesterday (14th), which I'll be skedaddling off to when I get a free day. This retirement malarkey isn't what it should be, relaxed!
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In reply to Seaman:
Wendy S said:Retirement takes a lot of getting used to Mike when I retired about 13 years ago it took me a whole weekend to get used to it. Despite a few health problems along the way it has a lot going for it but relaxed ? no way :)
LOL, it was a tongue-in-cheek comment.
I've settled in to retirement, though I have kept a routine (and structure) and once the pension stuff (which is progressing nicely) is all sorted, and lockdown eases yet more, and presuming Mrs PR doesn't overload me with tasks, then I'll certainly be making the most of free time.
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