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Friday, June 13, 2014

Queensbury gulls and disappointing report.

A warm still day though cloudy and muggy.
A real gully day today with a continuous flow of LBBs mainly very high and all >NW keeping moving throughout the day. At least 4 Herring gulls headed >W and 9 Black Headeds also >W.
Several Swifts have been over the village today, again very high and feeding, moving in no specific direction.
A report of a Woodcock this morning down Queensbury Station on the bike track down there then flying off towards the Clayton tunnel..
It was brought to my attention today of a complaint from a farmer at Leeshaw reservoir who has been getting birders wandering through his fields which are all strictly private. I find this disappointing behavior from would be birders as apart from invading private land the fields still hold several nests and young birds.
All the fields around Leeshaw reservoir, including all the reservoir grounds, are strictly private but there is adequate viewing  of the reservoir and moors from the public track running along the side of the reservoir and also from the several public footpaths through the fields and across the moor.
I held a permit for the reservoir grounds from YWA for several years but these permits have now been stopped for the new trend of Health and Safety!
We have always had a good relationship with Leeshaw farmers going back to the days of Twite feeding which took place on the track below the farm and it would be a shame to have them turn against us for the sake of a few mindless trespassers.
Watch those reservoirs this weekend for waders and start checking those Herring gulls for Yellow Legged.
BS

1 comment:

Birdnut said...

Rather than repeat the story, I've placed a link from my belated Friday post to this article.