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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shibden Park/ Northowram/ Coley.

                                  All small gulls at Coley



                                          Coley church.

A grim late afternoon with a strong SSW>5 carrying horizontal drizzle and low scud.
A quick visit to Shibden Park to check on the health of the Kittiwake looked promising with the bird gone. Several BHGs were on the grassy hillside but no Kittiwake and the boatman told me only the one BH gull had been fished out dead  last week so sounds like a happy ending.

Northowram fields were poor with a few small gulls whilst Coley was alive with around 150 small gulls, 75% BHGs and 25% Common.
Several Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrushes were in and around the Hawthorns with a couple of Blackbirds and 9 Pied Wagtails in the horse field, watch this space for Yellow Wags in the spring.

Shelf Moor field held about 80 Lapwing and 100+ Starling.
BS