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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Raptors on the move. Oxenhope Reservoir. Members only.

 Distant Buzzard getting mobbed   Bottom right
                                                                 Bottom centre
             Bright yellow Cere stood out even
                   at this distance.
                                            Bottom left
                                    Ingleborough from the banking.
                                                       A gull scatterer
                                  juv LBB
  Annual autumn Mallard gathering on the lagoons
                                                          53 present

With no shoreline and difficulty in sorting the gulls with the glare of the sun on the water I spent the time sky watching from the hide area which paid dividends with a good move of raptors.
A distant Buzzard sp with a very bright yellow Cere was heavily mobbed over Stubden as it headed >ESE whilst a second Buzzard sp soared over Top Withins but was lost in the cloud before I could get a direction on it. Meanwhile a Peregrine headed >S over the Nab and a very high Sparrowhawk headed >SE.
Each year at this time Mallard numbers build up on the small lagoons for some unknown reason with 53 present but usually rises higher.
23 Chaffinch on the remaining piece of  shoreline in the NW corner was interesting.

2  Snipe
c250 BH gulls
c300 LBB gulls
17 Herring
6 Grey Partridge
53 Mallard
several Linnets and Goldfinch

Vis Mig
1 Buzzard sp............>SE
1 Buzzard sp blogging, could be local bird.
1 Sparrowhawk...........>SE
2 Kestrels very high and .........>SE
1 Peregrine..............>S
Several Mipits...............>W
Constant flow of Swallows.......>SW
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