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Monday, August 1, 2016

Yorkshire Day.

Angela , from the Angela/Gary birding team, text me this morning saying she would expect a Yorkshire rose on my blog tonight for Yorkshire Day . I have,nt a photo to hand of a Yorkshire rose so as not to disappoint here,s an old Yorkshire saying thats still applicable  with Queensbury folk.
                                  " Ear all, see all, say nowt.
                                      Eat all, sup all, pay nowt.
                                 And if thee ever does owt for nowt,
                                      Allus do it for thissen.

Nathen Angela, I ope thas reet chuffed wit rhyme an I ope Bilberry pie tha wa mekking fo Gary dunt gi im skitters.

Back to birding.
A real start to August with reports of Sedge Warbler PG, Yellow Wagtail, Hen Harrier,NK, Cuckoo, Mr Hicken at Clayton, Caspian gulls MC Hudds, and a family of Grey Partridge A & G.

With Caspian gull on my mind it was a late afternoon visit to Oxenhope reservoir to sift through the gulls with high hopes of Caspian, Yellow Legged and Med gull.
On arrival I was pleased to meet up with Mr Gull Man himself, Keith Moir who was already in action scoping carefully through the c 600 gulls on the shoreline but at a fair distance.
There were around 300 + LBBs, c 200 BHGs and a good count of 28 Herring gull with gulls arriving throughout whilst others left.
Several Lapwing were on the sandy banking but despite the excellent conditions not a wader was present.
The next hour was spent carefully checking every Herring gull for yellow legs, darker mantle, small dark eye and longer bill, not an easy task through the scope at such a distance but at the end we had to agree that there was no Yellow Legged or Caspian amongst them but an enjoyable and interesting session.
2 Swifts were present over the water, at least bringing my last sighting into August although I,ll probably see one or two more yet.
Thanks to KM for his help with the search and added gull info.
BS

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