Although it was only a sprinkling of snow I thought a closer look was merited.
blog. In spring Mke will be up there finding Dotterels, the star bird of these hill tops when small trips make a few days stop over on their way north.
Not far away, towards Bashall, I found a large flock of Curlews, feeding in one of the wet fields. There weren't exactly shy, but the moveed up the field when I parked, making the views quite distant.
The UK holds about a fifth of the world breeding population but numbers are declining rapidly. Between 1995 and 2011 there was a decline of 45% in breeding abundance. Detailed local studies have implicated nest predation and low breeding productivity as causes of decline. Also, changes in vegetation structure through changing grazing pressure in the uplands may also have an effect of habitat suitability.
There are wintering birds and it was interesting to watch the close attendance of quite a few Black-headed Gulls I assume that the gulls make use of the Curlews worm finding ability and occasionally grab some of the action. A the back were a flock of Starlings, but they seemed independent of the Curlews.