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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pintails for Queensbury and Ogden, late afternoon

A good start to the day with a continuation of wildfowl movement when 3 Pintails flew rapidly over the garage this morning >SE closely followed by 5 Herring gulls in the same direction.
Otherwise vis mig was slow with just a few Meadow Pipits and Swallows and the first thrushes of the autumn with 4 Mistles over >W.
A late afternoon visit to Ogden found me soon catching up to the Tit flock on the east bank not far on from the info centre.
A good variety of birds but very mobile rapidly moving along the trees with Long Tailed, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, 3 Willow Warblers. 1 male Blackcap and several Dunnocks.
                                                A group of around 20 birds flew a circuit over the tree tops just giving me time to see 2 Siskin before they dropped back down over passerine alley. A quick dash on only to find that the flock was mainly Goldfinch with 2 Siskins mixed in along with a number of Goldcrests.
At the north side of passerine alley the Chaffinch flock were moving from the waterside trees to the shore feeding on the weeds with around 16 present.
With nothing of interest on the water I cut across to Back Lane with the thought of more Siskin or Crossbill flushing a group of 5 Snipe on the moor minutes after a quick chat with JL. This coincides with 8 flushed on Soil Hill this morning, A.T.
                                                Very quiet up at the plantations with 1 Little Owl and a few Greenfinch and Chaffinch plus one very Ginger rabbit.

P.S. Looking back, D.S. had 9 Pintail over the same route 4/9/13

Vis Mig

3 Pintail...............................>SE
5 Herring gull....................>SE
c30 Mipits.........................>W
c20 Swallows................... >W
4 Mistle Thrush................>W

A few scenes from an autumnal morn at Leeshaw yesterday

            Sun breaking through the mist
                                         Misty water

                                  Down the valley
                                        Banks of fog
                                  Finally clearing off the moor
                                  Reflections on still water

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