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Sunday, December 14, 2014

WANTED, Winter Wildfowl !

                                            Stream below Leeshaw
                                   Rapids, Leeshaw overflow
                              Leeming, nowt but Mallards
                      1 of 3 Cormorant, Ogden
                          A grey Ogden
               A well full Raggalds Flood
                  Commons waiting for the thaw.

A tour of the local waters this morning in atrocious  conditions with a strong W>6 later turning S>4 and low cloud with heavy drizzle turning to rain. Daylight did,nt really break until 0830 hrs so the first hour was a struggle in partial dark.
Surprisingly no winter wildfowl around other than 2 Wigeon which decided against landing at Leeshaw and continued  >W.

Lower Laithe  0730 hrs, still part dark.
sev small gulls
Few Mallard

Leeshaw  0800 hrs  Poor light, dull and wet
2 Wigeon >W
3 Cormorant
16 Redwing
1 Greylag goose
5 Fieldfare
1 Heron
sev Small gulls

Leeming  0900 hrs  rain.
12 Mallard
few small gulls
11 Fieldfare

Ogden  0915 hrs  dull and damp Check from prom only.
8 Canadas
3 Cormorant
1 Kestrel
Usual small gulls and Mallards

Raggalds Flood  0945 hrs brightening. Still frozen over
5 Common gulls
3 Black Headed gulls
2 Meadow Pipits
1 ad Pied Wagtail
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