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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Oxenhope Reservoir, ( Members Only)

                                 Photo shy Redshank
                                    Plenty inviting shoreline

                                         Star of the show, Hurricane over



                   Big gulls in and out of the area
             Plenty Meadow Pipit feeding young
            Swallows established

                                                 Swifts heading through >N

With talk of shoreline and a fall of waders early in the week I thought Id better make the pilgrimage back to my old stomping ground which at one time was my main patch both for reservoir watching and visible migration.
As I drove along the track it felt like coming home with many happy memories up on Windy Corner, named that for a good reason.
Plenty shoreline most of the way along the western shore but the heavy fall of waders had moved on leaving just a few stragglers behind.
Its surprising how much more alive this side of the Nab is compared to Fly Flatts on the other with constant moving gulls coming and going to and from the east to bathe in the water.
The main event of my hours watch was when I heard a throbbing propeller engine plane in the clouds then ended up with a Hurricane overhead which headed off >NW. Strange because on my last visit I had a fly past of a Vulcan Bomber.
Down in the wood Willow Warblers were active and a quick sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher was pleasing.
Bit sparse on photos as shoreline is too distant across the water , most birding here is a scope job.

Thanks to Gary of the Angela and Gary team for shooting my Spitfire down and informing me its a Hurricane Mk 2C

158 LBB gulls on deck, many more coming and going.
2 Herring gulls
11 BH gulls
7 Curlew
21 Lapwing
1 Snipe
7 Redshank
2 Ringed Plovers
5 Common Sandpiper
2 Dunlin
Several Greylag and Canadas with young
15 Mallard
4 Willow Warbler
1 Spotted Flycatcher
+ usual sp.
BS


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