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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ogden on ice

                                                      Adult Cormorant
                                          Carrion Crow waiting for food
                                           BH gulls on ice
                                                    Juv Cormorant on its favourite perch.

A calm mild morning with a slight N>3 and a steady thaw with 80% of the reservoir clear though walking was treacherous with solid ice around the footpaths and even across the promenade. Only walked half of the reservoir path with the west bank impossible to stand on, especially with 3 dogs pulling you along.
A good number of Mallard on the water and a few small gulls but otherwise quite. Two Cormorant were present and a small number of Tits etc.
Herring gulls were moving well throughout with numbers increasing late morning with a flock of 28 over the Raggalds. The Raggalds flood was still froze over and birdless.

Mallard.............................172 with several uncounted at the north end.
BH Gull............................15
Common gull......................2
Cormorant.........................1 ad   1 juv
Kestrel..............................1
Herring Gull.......................83 >NE
+ usual sp
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