WELCOME TO ( WEST YORKSHIRE BIRDING )
KEEPING BIRDING LOCAL.

BLOG UPDATED DAILY AROUND 2000 HRS.

ANY COMMENTS, QUERIES, INPUT ETC WILL BE WELCOME AND CAN BE SENT DIRECT TO THE COMMENT BOX OR
E MAIL AT THE ADDRESS BELOW, ALTERNATIVELY
TEXT OR WHATSAPP. 07771 705024.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE THEM.

E MAIL ADDRESS :-
Briansumner51@hotmail.com


Monday, July 11, 2016

Leeshaw reservoir

                                        Field full of Black Headed gulls
                 An amazing record count of 21 Oystercatchers
                       in this field with LBB gulls

                                                      LBB
                                                       Oyks
  1 of 2 Common gulls, the last gull species to return


Leeshaw reservoir  1630 - 1745 hrs  Strong W>5-6  showers.

With the good bird movement weather sticking I thought a trip to Leeshaw was worth pushing my luck to get Common Scoter, the last of my 3 target birds for July having had YL Herring gull and Common Tern yesterday but on arrival to see an empty water other than the resident species I knew Common Scoter was an unlikely suspect.
Several BH gulls were in the area settled in a new cut field whilst another new cut field held an amazing record count of 21 Oystercatchers along with 38 LBB gulls.
2 Common gulls, which are very slow returning, were briefly on the water whilst a Moorhen dodged about in the reeds.
                                             Good to bump into Keith Moir who sparked an interesting point about the Yellow Legged Herring gull I found on Sunday morning that it was possibly the same returning bird from last year.
When I got back I referred to the B.O.G reports and in 2014 a first year bird was reported at Leeshaw around the same time whilst in 2015 what is believed to be the same bird returned in 2nd summer plumage and the bird I got Sunday was in 3rd summer plumage, spooky or what.
Maybe next year we,ll get it returning in adult plumage which will be a rarer sight as not many adult birds are reported locally.
Thanks for the info Keith.
BS

2 comments:

AndyC said...

Good time for Med Gull................

Brian Sumner . said...

Starting to show now Andy going by the BTO blog.