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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
BS

3 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Brave man out there this morning !

Bradshaw Rambler said...

The weather's throwing everything your way this weekend Bri.
John

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats the problem this time of year when I,ve only chance to bird on the fringes, dark mornings and dark late afternoons and the worse the weather the darker it is.