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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Things are really moving now ! Oxenhope Reservoir, members only.

                                     Spooked gulls

                  Female Wigeon in amongst the gulls
                                                       Wigeon on the right


                                    Full zoom but out of range
 2 Whimbrel, way out of camera range , scoping job.
  Both birds showed a well striped crown.

Apologies for text stating male Wigeon which should have said female, heat of the moment excitement!

Oxenhope Reservoir  1445- 1600 hrs  Calm, slight SE> 2, dull and damp.

A great hours birding ,even though the shoreline is limited now there was enough to hold over 700 gulls and 80 + Lapwings.
The surprise of the day was a female Wigeon on the shore with the gulls and briefly in the water. This is a very early returning bird, my first is usually recorded at the end of September.
A Dunlin and 3 Snipe were in the back ponds with 2 Yellow Legged Herring gulls standing out from the crowd.
               A final scope along the shoreline before I left found 2 Whimbrel way over in the furthest point of the SW corner but showing well in the scope.

c 500 LBB gulls
c 200 BH  gulls
31 Herring gull
2 Yellow Legged Herring gulls  1 ad  1 3rd summer
3 Snipe
1 Dunlin
2 Whimbrel
3 Pied Wagtails
Tons of Swallows
+ usual sp.
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