Gorgeous morning, crisp icy air on west side of Strines/ Hollingdale plantation. It’s a remote spot apart from tree felling going on in the distance. I went looking for Mountain Hare. Have seen them here before, but NONE. Have they gone the same way way as the Goshawk? It’s a Red Grouse shooting moor. The Hollingdale Plantation used to be THE spot for Goshawk- all gone I think. I also found a spring trap in a random spot in the middle of heather moorland habitat on man-made little ‘animal bridge’ with cage. What was that there for? (See photos below).
Did see up c20 Crossbill in different flock. Recorded calls including definite Glip Crossbill and I think Parakeet Crossbill- but need to check as I have much to learn, and feel like I am starting over. It’s a complex subject!.
Also ring-tailed Harrier (presumed Hen but very brief views) and a handful of Bullfinch on the moors which I would like to see better. It also has a history of Great Grey Shrike records- no sign of Homer from Blacka Moor though today!
Vermin Spring Trap. Seemed a bit bizarre in the middle of wild heather Moorland. No rat infestation up here. Something sinister going on? Amazingly while I was there a piece of wood fell from above onto the pad and sprung the trap leaving no injured animals!