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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rain, Hail, Sleet, Snow and Gales, Ogden.


                          An obliging Robin

                                    Mistle Thrush, Syke Lane
                                        Pinching the bird seed.
               Cormorant on its usual perch
                                           In the water, first light

Ogden, some sun, strong to gale force icy W>7 easing W>5. Heavy showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow.

Awoke this morning at 0600hrs with a torrential hail storm which covered everywhere and froze on the ground. By the time it was light enough to set off,0830hrs it was icy underfoot and showery but a good sunrise.
Fly Flatts was out of the question with the conditions so back to Ogden where it was quiet to say the least.
Nothing on the water other than the returned Cormorant, about 20 BHGs and the usual winter Mallard flock still in low numbers.
Walking around the water found a few Goldcrest, several Robins and a fly over by the local Dipper heading from the shale pond towards the overflow but not re located.
Checking the fields on the way back again failed to turn up Fieldfare, just a single Mistle Thrush off Syke Lane.
Raggalds flood held 43 small gulls , 70% Commons but no duck sp at all.
BS

5 comments:

NigelK said...

It's got to get better than this, but I really don't know when it will.

Tracy C said...

I bloody hope so. I am bored of this rain now! Sun will come out when we go back to work!

DJSutcliffe said...

Nice Robin pic's Bri. I was waiting your call for a mega this morning so I could get a final year tick for Calderdale - stuck on 139! Might try this afternoon !!

Brian Sumner . said...

Tried for a last Woodcock or similar as back at work tomorrow so thats it for this year Dave.
Tried to match the Robin Nigel had on his heading over Christmas but have,nt got near.
As you say Nigel, its got to get better, this is the worst December on record birdwise.
Dont get despondent Tracy you,ll soon be snapping away again come the lighter weather.

Tracy C said...

I will try not to!