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As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
Any of the above species that are obviously on passage through the area will be reported as normal.
This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Caspian Gull or not, Oxenhope Reservoir, members only.

 90 % sure the centre bird is a Caspian.
It stood out from the Herrings with the large bill
Speckled neck markings and pure white underwings.
 Could only get out of range shots in poor light
                 and a W> 6-7.

          Just need confirmation now from gull
   experts KM and MC


A tea time visit to Oxenhope reservoir after yesterdays report from KM of a 2nd summer Caspian gull there.  The shore in now completely submerged with one small area opposite the hide that gulls can stand on with their legs half under water.
Less gulls today and mainly on the water with around 300 LBB, 250 BHG and 14 Herring.
A scan through the Herrings immediately found one to stand out being a slightly larger bird with a dark large bill and neck speckles. As it preened and lifted its wings the underwing was pure white.
                                                    To me it can only be a Caspian but with no previous experience of this sp I,ll await the final verdict from Keith and Mick, the gull men.

Whilst this was going on I missed a Pintail on Redcar Tarn, I.H. but if it is a Caspian I chose the right venue and theres always tomorrow to see if the Pintail stays.

Vis Mig
Approx 50 per hour Swallows around mid day.....................>SW
Several blogging Swallows Feeding over Foxhill
1 Grey Wagtail high and.......>W
BS

1 comment:

Brian sumner said...

Reply from KM. Not a Caspian. Will blog details tonight