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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Wet and Windy but paid dividends, Oxenhope, members only.

                                   Distant Dunlin on the pools
                                       Across the water to the shore
                                            Another try at the Dunlin
                       Redshank in the background  4 present


                                         Herring gulls mixed in

                                            Redshank, Lapwings and gulls
                                 More Lapwings arriving
                                           2 of 3 Oystercatchers
                                             Curlews on the shoreline
     Excuse very distant photos but it gives you a taste of the place.

                                  Plenty hungry juv Meadow Pipits

Oxenhope reservoir 1500-1630 hrs. strong SW>5 increasing to W>6. Grey dark skies, heavy showers and drizzle. Visibility Otley Chevin.

With the water level lower this had exposed the sandy shoreline and pools beyond which was heaving with birds but near enough out of camera range, even for Big Bertha in the poor light.
Scoping was difficult with the strong wind blasting towards me but worth the effort with waders plentiful.
Most of the activity was now opposite the hide with the north west corner void of birds and the sw corner just holding Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers along with Snipe which were well beyond camera range.
                       An amazing hour scoping through the variety of birds along the shoreline with several of the smaller waders appearing from the pools behind the shore.
What a shame that an amazing venue such as this, that has provided me with 144 species over the years, is so underwatched.

3 Little Ringed Plover
1 Ringed Plover
4 Redshank
3 Oystercatchers
1 Dunlin,  possibly 2
2 Snipe
7 Curlew
3 Common Sandpiper
92 Lapwing increasing to 143
39 Black headed gulls
2 Common gulls
12 Herring gulls
c 300 Lesser Black Backed gulls.
BS

                                                   

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