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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Oxenhope Reservoir ( Members Only ).

                 Good to see Mark Doveston and his followers up there.

  Out of range pics but showing Plover and conditions
  Redshank in pools beyond the reservoir
       Plovers on the island, scoping job.
                          Plenty shoreline north end but birds favour
         the SW shoreline which means a longer walk.

Thinking of checking Soil Hill late afternoon but with waders and Terns on the move I thought I,d better stick to reservoir watch so off to Oxenhope for a return visit.
Not as many gulls present with several already moved off to roost but waders were livelier with some new in as well as a Gt Crested Grebe on the water which was,nt present yesterday.
Swallows and Swifts were piling through taking advantage of the midges about in calm conditions although by the time I was leaving the wind had increased to N>3.
Good to bump into Mark Dovestone and his boys up there and catch up on old times from the last 10 or more years since we last met.

3 Dunlin
3 Little Ringed Plover
4 Ringed Plover
2 Common Sandpiper
5 Redshank
8 Curlew
1 Gt Crested Grebe
5 Herring gull
39 LBB gull
4 BH gull
Plenty Swallows and Swifts
+ usual sp.
BS

5 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Some good birds over there Bri.
(Is it the Res. with the big yellow crane - no pun intended).
John

Brian sumner said...

No thats Stubden under repair

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Cheers Bri.
John

David Sutcliffe said...

Think you are right about a sandy shoreline rather than a peat one Bri. Think that's maybe why Fly Flats doesn't draw them in to stay (?)One of our best reservoirs over past years was Whiteholme where there was a good sandy shoreline but works up there might mean it's always full. Ringstone does draw waders in but the water level is mostly to the top nowadays ad they must just go through!

Brian sumner said...

Thats right Dave. Luckily the water board are keeping the level down toll winter this year due to repairs at Stubden.
Thr totals count shpuld say 3 lrp and 4 rp. Well picked out DP. Will ammend it tonight