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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ogden Revisited, p.m.

   Barnacle getting braver now .
       Plenty 1st winter Black Headeds



               A grim Ogden reservoir.
  When I grow up I want to be a Canada.
                                          Me and my mate.

With the snow piling down late afternoon and the roads getting bad with no sign of gritters, nowt new there , I thought it best to stay local so back to Ogden thinking something must have dropped in today, WRONG.
The weather there was atrocious with a near gale force SSW>6 and horizontal rain and sleet with white horses on the water.
A circuit around the water found all passerines must have headed into the deep wood for shelter with not even a Robin.
As I was looking in the Alders on the west bank a bird flew overhead which I can only describe as a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heading towards the giants tooth but it was impossible to get anything on it as looking up just filled the bins with water.
With the wing shape, undulating flight , and size its the only competitor but with no definite i.d. it will have to go down as a cud av bin.
The water ,as yesterday, held the same Canadas along with the Barnacle which seems to be enjoying the easy life now of being fed instead of looking for its own food and is coming right into the feeding area.
BS

7 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Very, very interesting stuff Bri.
Hope the LSW turns up on my watch.
(It would be a lifer for me).
I wonder if a LSW has ever been photographed at Ogden?
Hope you've dried out!
John

Brian Sumner . said...

I,ve never had LSW at Ogden in 52yrs of birding there!

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Well done for braving it out this aft Bri. I 'ducked' - shame on me!!
Lesser peckers are notorious for sneeking through without giving enough to be sure of. I had a couple of possibles last year over the house BUT couldn't be sure - guess work is no good at all. 45 years for me without one up at Ogden!!We will keep trying.....

Brian Sumner . said...

So annoying Dave when you know what it is but can,t get a definite i.d. on it.
Hopefully we,ll get one in the next 45 years.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

How old will you be then ?!!!

Brian Sumner . said...

That will take me to 75 Dave, give or take a bit. I,ve never been good with numbers.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

And there was me thinking you were just 25.