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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Not the best conditions for Ogden

                       Ogden, a flooded promenade
                                   The tides come in at last
  Plenty room now for waterfowl
                                       Watered up lenses
                                    Grim

                                            Riding the waves
                                   Raggalds Lake + an extra flood
                                            Choppy water

An horrendous morning with fog on the tops, gale force WNW>7 to 8 and torrential rain.
With no sign of it easing and me climbing the walls by 0830 hrs and already soaked from an earlier dog walk it was off to Ogden to check the situation.
White horses steamed across the reservoir, now thankfully full to the brim, whilst trees were nearly bent double in the wind. The promenade was flooded above ankle deep and the track around the water was impassable , especially with 3 dogs in tow.
Around 80 small gulls were around the water plus the usual Mallards whilst a Cormorant headed over >E in the wind at about 200 mph, don,t know if it had meant to stop at Ogden or not?
On the way back a check of Raggalds Flood found it like a lake , as predicted by HC, with a large flooded area just over the wall.
The flood held 12 Mallard and 15 small gulls, mainly Commons whilst a flock of c60 Starling fed in the field to the south.
A real good drenching but at least I satisfied myself that nothing had dropped in to either site.
Hopefully will get chance to check Mixenden late afternoon.
BS

4 comments:

Angela said...

Wow! I wasn't expecting the promenade to be flooded like that - guess it was all gushing down the track at the side of the golf course. We had toyed with visiting Ogden this morning after ruling Crom Bottom off the birding list today due to the road being flooded in a couple of spots...call us soft but we didn't fancy a potential garage visit. We ended up meandering around the wood at Albert Promenade and came across a few birds despite the wind and a few showers (GSW, Tree Creeper, Nuthatch (2), Blue & Great Tits, Robin)
Angela & Gary

Brian Sumner . said...

Well done for getting out Angela, I had to detour to Mixenden this afternoon due to flooding. Don,t worry about the car, I can recommend a good birder friendly garage.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Any chance of any dry weather this week I wonder??!! It would make a change.
I think a lot of birds will struggle in all this persistent wet stuff.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

I hope you get picked for Strictly come dancing Bri.
That rain dance of yours must be something to see.

Seriously though well done for getting out and some pics too- not easy in all this wet stuff.

John