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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Late afternoon reservoir watch. Leeshaw/ Lower Laithe.

Limited time today so it was late afternoon when I did a combined dog walk and reservoir check.
Conditions were good with low scud clouds and heavy drizzle but even that failed to drop anything in for me.
Lower Laithe was busier than usual with 3 Cormorant, 1 Gt Crested Grebe, 4 LBB gulls and 43 BH gulls whilst 2 Pied Wagtail and a Grey were on the valve tower.

Leeshaw had a good count of 115 Greylag and 48 Canadas making it a record year for Greylag at this location .
The freshly muck spread fields held hundreds of corvids, mainly Jackdaws along with 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew and around 100 BH gulls whilst the thistle heads were attracting good numbers of Goldfinch.
Just 1 Mallard on the water joined by 3 Cormorant.

Interesting to get a second Cuckoo report in two days, this time from a customer, dog walker, who rang me to say there was a very scraggy looking Cuckoo by the duck feeding area at Ogden and as he approached it, thinking it was injured, it flew up and landed in the Nuthatch tree.
                                    Could be a bird in moult or more likely a juv passing through.
All quiet otherwise today with no more reports coming in.
BS

1 comment:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Tried late afternoon on for the Cuckoo at Ogden Bri.
but the weather turned very, very wet.
Thanks for the txt. better luck next time!
John