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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fog , Starlings and Speckled Jackdaws.

               Queensbury rarety, Lesser Speckled Jackdaw !
    Actually a common Jackdaw with a touch of Leucism

                                          Foxhill Common Gulls

A poor start to the morning up here on the top of the world with Queensbury above the low cloud base and fogged out not clearing until 1030hrs when most of the morning birding activities are over.
Starlings continued to move >NW throughout the day but in much lower numbers than yesterday with the largest squadron seen containing around 40 birds.
A strange bird caught my eye on a house roof when I was walking home up Chapel Lane at lunch time which turned out to be a Jackdaw with a good speckling of white in its plumage. Luckily it spent time drinking out of the troffin giving me chance for a few shots before it moved on.
Although visibility was good up Foxhill park midday the skies were empty with just half a dozen Common gulls on the football pitch.
No news on the Mixy Common Scoter today, will have to get my spys out tomorrow to let me know if its still around as we near the weekend.
BS.

7 comments:

john creber said...

Hi Brian it's Christine Andrusiak, are there a few speckled Jackdaws in Queensbury because I'm sure one visits our garden.
The Snipe pictures were brill.

john creber said...

Brian,after browsing your blog, I noticed the Red Kite over Ogden .......... Totally amazing. I've seen them at Harewood house , but seeing one at Ogden is Special. Anyhow , the Jackdaw reminds me of the Albino Crow which used knock about the Daily Fields . Do you or anyone remember it or know if it's still around ?


Brian Sumner . said...

Hi Christine/John.
This is the first speckled Jackdaw I,ve seen in the village but there are probably more around. Foxhill park has 3 carrion crows with white wing bars and a white tail and there are a few partially white Starlings in the village.
The Queensbury white crow started off at Foxhill then kept moving around the area and is now being seen around Sandbeds.
There is also one around Bradshaw to Mixenden area.
Nice to hear from you on the blog.
Red Kites are always special, especially local.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

There is still a totally white Carrion Crow at Lane Head Lane, Upper Brockholes near Mount Zion chapel. We saw it again today though no pink eyes so think it is not an albino but leucistic. White crows have been sriund Mixenden area since about 1985 !!

Dave Sutcliffe said...

I think the Scoter is still there Bri, we saw it at a distance today but we were looking into the sun and not 100% sure.

john creber said...

Thanks Brian and Dave

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks Dave, hope its nothing planned for the weekend till I get there Saturday p.m.