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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Leeshaw / Raggalds Flood / Shelf Moor.

                                    200+ small gulls on Leeshaw

                                Mallards moving over >W

                                           Up to 40 Pheasant in the fields
                                              Starlings >NW


                                          Good shoreline but nothing exciting
                                   Raggalds Flood holding a few Lapwing
                                             Needing a top up
                                         Shelf Moor Lapwings

A calm ,mild morning but very grey and not breaking light till after 0830hrs , not camera material.
Leeshaw has a good shoreline holding around 200 small gulls, mainly Black Headed, up to 80 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant and 2 distant Golden Plover but the water was disappointing with just 4 Mallard.
Strangely all the Canada geese have disappeared but will no doubt return when the cold sets in.
Up to 300 Starlings headed >NW and 18 Mallard went >W.
The fields were full of male Pheasants whilst a few Redwing and Jays were in the wood.

Raggalds Flood held 6 Lapwing and a Pied Wagtail but the water is receding fast.

Shelf Moor had around 200 mobile Lapwings due to a gulley wagon being steam cleaned on the lay by whilst 4 Snipe were down in the bottom corner but had the dogs in the car so could,nt go down the track to investigate further.
BS.

4 comments:

Michael Whitelock said...

Had a visit to leeshaw twice last week,nothing at all on the shoreline. I put this down to the extensive maintanance work being done on the Reservoir bank. Looks like weekends are the best time to visit for a while..

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Michael,I saw all the equipment this morning but nobody working luckily.Was hoping for your Buzzard over but no joy

Dave Sutcliffe said...

The Lapwing flock is doing really well up there this year, wonder if the cold will move them out later this week. ?

Brian Sumner . said...

They sometimes move to the lower fields but the winter does,nt seem to bother them too much.