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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hooray for low pressure, Terns at Ogden

      1st tern was very dark winged and low down looked like a black.
                                Moved on quickly by gulls
                      Apologies for bad photos in the fog

                                 2nd bird, much lighter but both ad Commons.

Ogden    0730- 1000hrs, still and heavy mist, horizontal vision only.

Must have done my low pressure dance too heavy last night as the fog was so dense Fly Flatts was a no go.
Ogden was very murky but looked good for movers and I wasnt disappointed.  It started off badly being very quiet both on the water and around the perimeter of the wood until suddenly all the gulls lifted noisely in mobbing mode and a scan through the mist found a very dark looking Tern low over the water. The wings were very dark and the body looked nearly black when low down but looking at the photos this was a trick of the light although the wings were dark like juvs but the crown is of an adult.
The bird was quickly moved on >N by the gulls after 1 quick circuit and an alert to DCB,HC at Oxenhope found nothing.
Shortly after, a second bird came through being lighter and identified as an ad Common Tern which the first bird was also, looking at the photos. This bird flew quickly through >NW.
Movers.
2 Common Tern........................>N and >NW
83 Swallows.............................>SW
7 Swift......................................>S
26 LBBs..................................>SW

Other.
1 Green Woodpecker
c 70 BHGs
3 Common Gull
2 LBBs on water.
BS

6 comments:

NigelK said...

Splendido, even if the dark bird wasn't juv Black as per yr text. Two Commons more than makes up for your Whinchat failure, well done.

Denise said...

Fantastic Brian. I see you caught up with a Green Woodpecker too.

Brian Sumner . said...

The Green Pecker flew from the wood by the toilets over the info centre Denise, a rarity this year. Still havent had a Gt Spotted, can you believe that!

mark murray said...

There is a family of Gt spotted using the feeders in the garden most of the time if you are desperate

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks for that Mark, if you see a shady character with his head over the wall its me. They must all be in yours and Denises garden this year.

DJSutcliffe said...

Pleased you got some shots of the terns Bri - not surprised you questioned the first biird but I'm sure you are right, both Commons. I guess a few more went through this morning locally but they can be tricky to pick up sometimes. Shame they didn't hang about, but they were easterlies yesterday so Black Tern is still a possibility. Well done.