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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oxenhope p.m.

          Gt Crested Grebe, unusual visitor for Oxenhope
        Mallard/Garganey type with 3 chicks

                                             Gull Mania

     The effects of a Heron fly over

                                Off to the south end

                                 Busy shoreline

                     LBB heavily in moult

Back to Oxenhope this tea time with just 1 hour to spare.
The weather did me no favours with hot sunshine and clear blue skies although the area was a lot busier than yesterday with a Gt Crested Grebe on the water, a rare bird for here, plus a call and a quick sighting of a Greenshank through the scope in the sw corner but no time to walk down to that end.
As I arrived a lot of the gulls were in the NW corner so I crept along the banking below the wall on all fours, hoping nobody was watching wondering who the nutter was, then carefully got the camera in position  through a turret in the wall ready to snap away when a Heron flew low over the corner of the water and all hell let loose with the gulls then taking to the water in the middle or going across to the southern end, oh well, maybe next time.

400+ LBB gull
200+ BH gull
5 Herring gull
2 Common gull
1 Greenshank
1 Gt Crested Grebe
200+ Lapwing
1 Curlew
23 Canadas
6 Greylag
+ usual sp.
BS

1 comment:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Greenshank a nice bird to get Bri