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Saturday, June 28, 2014

July starting early. Oxenhope

                                             Common Sandpiper

                         Coming in to land
                                                   Grey Partridge
                   Curlew amongst the LBBs

                                         Gulls heading in, pre roost

                                    2 of 4 Common Sandpiper
                         Late Mallard family
                        Plenty Swifts overhead
                Target bird, Yellow Legged Herring Gull

Oxenhope, B.O.G. members only  1600-1700hrs

Ideal conditions with light drizzle and a cool SE>4 and cloudy skies, real wader tackle.
An active hour with a real taste of mid July. Curlews were moving over >NW continuous with several blogging birds still present whilst gull numbers increased, these all being Lesser Black Backed apart from 3 Herring gulls which obligingly stood on the south wall allowing me to scope them, the centre one standing out with bright yellow legs , large fiece head and bright gonis.  Even better, when they left it flew past to the east of me heading >N.
4 Common Sandpipers were present along with 2 Redshank.

4 Common Sandpipers
2 Redshank
270 LBB gulls
2 Herring gulls
1 Yellow Legged Herring gull
15 Lapwing >E
12 Canadas
1 Greylag
2 Grey Partridge
5 Red Legged Partridge
3 Pied Wagtails
32 Curlew >NW + several bloggers
+ usual sp.
BS

2 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Nice one with the Y L H G Bri.

Birdnut said...

Great that the large gulls are back in force, especially the YLG, well done.