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Monday, August 27, 2012

Green Lane/ Ogden

                                   Influx of Tufted at Ogden
                                    Drakes still in partial eclipse


                  Few Common gulls in fields but outnumbered with BHGs

                                    Plenty small gulls around Green Lane

A visit to Green Lane at 1645hrs to check the conditions for movers over Ringby found Ringby Top shrouded in cloud and heavy drizzle pushed on by a SW>5 which was rapidly getting worst the 15 minutes I was there .
The only sp. likely to move on a night like this was Terns and gulls so off to Ogden to try my luck.
As I got to Ogden the drizzle had turned to rain getting heavier by the minute but its back to work tomorrow so a final dousing would,nt hurt.
There were more small gulls on the water than usual (c 70 ), some flying round feeding, but peering hard through the rain I couldnt make any of them into Terns.
Unusual for here there were 8 Tufteds scattered around the reservoir but little else other than the Mallards which are well down in numbers now but will soon be increasing for the autumn.
At least my birding gear has till the weekend to dry out now.
BS

5 comments:

Ken said...

brave Brian determined to get out there eh? I took one look out of the window and thought, i bet no buzzard tonight so try again tomorrow. Weather supposed to improve so lets see eh?

Brian Sumner . said...

Definitely not raptor weather Ken but had to get out there to keep off the birding withdrawal symptons. Sometimes this sort of weather produces the goods.

DJSutcliffe said...

That must be a near record with the Tufted count!!

DJSutcliffe said...

Didn't bump into your friendly crow today! Close encounters like that can be a bit of a shock. I was once at Minsmere and a Gannet was on the beach and went for one of the birders - he grabbed it by the neck or it would have had his eye out!!! The other classic was of course Eric Hosking, pioneer bird photographer, losing an eye to a Tawny Owl.

Brian Sumner . said...

That makes me feel better Dave, thanks.