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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Leeshaw, Gannet hunt !

                                 Leeshaw, below the cloud base.
                                      Redwing Alley, Leeshaw
                                 Leeshaw res in the gloom
                                   c150 small gulls, mainly BHG
  Distant Curlews in fields, 1200mm Canon bridge camera in grim light

                      Across the res. Curlew in grass, top centre, scoping job!
                                          Pinkies on the move >NE
                                           Canadas in the fog >N

                                      Lapwings on the shore line.

Queensbury was shrouded in dense, pea souper fog throughout the day scuppering any chance of vis mig this morning.
Deciding where to go late afternoon I plumped for Leeshaw which I expected to be below the cloud base and with it attracting Cormorants I thought it may work the same with Gannets.
Wrong with the Gannets but right with the cloud base where a NNE>4 wind was blowing with cloud blanking the moor tops and heavy drizzle throughout. Perfect wader/ skua/ seabird moving conditions to which I was,nt disappointed.
The water was quiet apart from 9 Mallard and to start with the shore line was deserted due to afternoon anglers but by 1600hrs the fishermen had left and the shoreline started filling up.
Small gulls drifted in slowly, mainly BHGs with a small percentage of Commons whilst a flock of Lapwings scattered themselves around the water.
I heard Curlews calling and 4 dropped into a distant field whilst shortly after a Whimbrel went over >W hardly visible in the fog but constantly calling until it was out of earshot. This was shortly followed by another 4 Curlew which landed on the NE shore.
A small skein on Canada geese went over low >N followed by 13 Pink Footed >N but much higher and very noisy.
2 Snipe went >W and 11 Golden Plover headed >SW.
Just as I was leaving 4 Lesser Black Backed gulls went over >W closely followed by 2 Great Black Backed.   A good tea time session courtesy of the weather.

11 Golden Plover.........................>SW
13 Pinkies...................................>N
18 Canadas................................>N + c 40 in field
8 Curlew in from >E then blogging
1 Whimbrel...................................>W
2 Snipe........................................>W
11 Golden Plover........................>SW
c 70 Lapwing
2 GBBs.......................................>W
4 LBBs.......................................>W
+ usual sp.
BS.

6 comments:

Danny said...

Some good birds there Brian, well done with the Whimbrel,Golden Plover,Pinkies & Snipe.
Have you seen Curlew this late before?

Brian Sumner . said...

Curlews over winter around the Otley area but are not seen around here unless movers as these obviously are probably heading for the west coast.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Well done especially with the Whimbrel and Curlew Bri

AndyC said...

Nice records Bri,if its clear in the morning still plenty of Gannets about inland and Great Skuas as well....good luck..

AndyC said...

about time TMoor had another phalarope.........: ))

Brian Sumner . said...

I,ll hopefully be up there Sun p.m.