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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Soil Hill, fogged off / Mixenden Reservoir.

                                A murky grey Mixenden Reservoir
      The black dot in the centre, left of the buoy is the m Scoter
              Mist creeping over Hunter Hill in the background
                                  Mist heading through the valley
                                                  Female Scoter 400mm
                                                          Male Scoter  400mm

                                                    Female Goosander
               Male Goosander, top   Male Tufted, lower
                          Goosander, 1m 2f

Didnt get free until 1500hrs so with only 1 hour of daylight remaining, or less, due to the grey day, the plan was to attack Soil Hill with hope of Snow Bunting although these have more chance of coming our way during the week in the promised northerlies.
As I set off the fog quickly came down so a quick diversion to the next venue, Mixenden reservoir to see if any more Scoters had dropped in.
On arrival the reservoir was just below the cloud base but very dim light and heavy drizzle but at least visibility was across the water.
The male and female Common Scoters were some distance apart though still bang centre of the water, the female being very hard to find whilst the male was constantly diving for long periods.
At the far end of the reservoir and slightly closer to the shore were 1m Goosander with 2 females and a single male Tufted plus 4 Mallard
BS

2 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Good do with the scoters still up there Bri and Goosander like to drop in though not sure how much fish they find in there?

Brian Sumner . said...

Must be something good in there for the amount of wildfowl it attracts.
Chance of more Scoters dropping in during the week with the cold north winds.