I was heading up the track away from the hide when a bird caught my eye sitting on the wall between the outbuildings of the farm just to my right. It was a Turtle Dove but after less then 20 seconds it lifted and flew off over the hedge line heading north. I noted the time, 6.22a.m., and headed back towards the hide in case it had dropped into the trees back there. I gave up after a while and called in at the car park by the causeway where a birder was standing with his scope. I let him know what i had seen before moving on and deciding to pull in by Bells Farm. There was the bird pootling up the drive towards the buildings. I grabbed a few shots before a gentleman on a quad bike suddenly appeared and voiced his disapproval of my pulling in with the car. I explained that a Turtle Dove was making its way up the drive and as it was 6.55 a.m. and giving me 5 minutes wouldn't put anybody out at that time in the morning but it fell on deaf ears and i was asked to leave. Not having a smart phone i rushed along to Druridge where i knew Iain was going to be ringing so he could put it out for others to enjoy. It seems it wasn't seen again.
|Cresswell Farm wall with barn in background.|
|Record shots of Turtle Dove pootling up the drive at Bells Farm before i was asked to leave. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!|