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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An amazing hour amongst the big gulls. Oxenhope, Members Only.

                                             Choppy Water
                                   Plenty to sift through

                                                 White Horses
               LBB over rough water
                                Swifts piling through

                     Herring coming in to land
                               Larger, dark mantled Herring, ( argentatus)
                            correct me if I,m wrong Mick C.
                                                      Pink legs unfortunately.
                                                                   LBB


          Pr Tufted, drake entering eclipse
                                                    1 Oystercatcher present.

Oxenhope res.   1630- 1745 hrs. Rain then brightening up to blue sky and sunshine
                                                              Strong WNW 6 gusting 7. Visibility Drax.

A pleasing hours watch which felt more like sea watching with the strong wind and white horses across the waves.
The gulls seemed to enjoy it coming and going throughout and stretching nearly half way along the reservoir standing on the exposed islands all facing head to the wind.
The pair of Common Sandpipers were still tending their chick which must be a difficult task living alongside around 500 Lesser Black Backed gulls.
A Dunlin appeared in the SW corner and an Oystercatcher came in on the NW shore.
A pair of Tufted was unusual with the drake partially in eclipse so possibly a non flyer.
6 Curlew flew NW over the bumps whilst 3 Black Headed gulls headed >N.
Swifts were heading into the wind and Swallows were feeding down by the wood.

c500 LBB gull
9 Herring
3 BH gull
1pr Tufted
1pr common Sandpiper + 1 chick
6 Curlew.................>NW
1 Dunlin
1 Oystercatcher
Sev Swallows and Swifts
+ usual sp.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Some gull is bound to turn up on that lot soon Bri - amazing numbers.

Brian sumner said...

Thats right dave. Usually good for a yl herring in july then when the gull roost starts late autumn owt can appear