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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cold Edge Dams. pm

                  A breezy, drizzly Leadbeater Dam
  Pair Tufted on the high seas
                               Loadsa Mipits
                                      The resident Barnacle with its new mate.
                                 Distant Little Grebe on Spring Dam.

Cold Edge Dams at 1900 hrs was blustery with horizontal drizzle blasting over the moor but keeping just below the fog line which had blanked Fly Flatts out. The drizzle eased slightly before the end of the watch.
Good to get my first view of the Barnacle goose this year and that and the flock of Canadas have taken to the easy life by flying into the domestic goose pen where they can get free food and drink.
A single Oystercatcher and Redshank were present in a distant field whilst 2 Curlew and 11 Swallows went overhead.
The water on both dams were rough and quiet with 15 Mallard and a pair of Tufted but good to get my first Little Grebe this year, you,re not to call them Dabchicks now, or so Im told.
Despite the poor weather a satisfying first day of Mays birding although nothing to get me dancing around the Maypole.
BS

2 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Good to get Little Grebe - eluded me so far this year.
Tough going for you again today and poor light for your Bazooka.
Looking forward to your fandango around the Maypole though.
John

Brian Sumner . said...

That could be tomorrow if the right species turns up John.