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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Thwarted by the fog.

Heavy rain from late morning throughout the day getting heavier by late afternoon so it was full waterproofs for the planned trip to Oxenhope Reservoir. The rain I can live with but when the fog came down that really put the mockers on things so with the Greenshank search abandoned it was drop below the cloud base to Ogden in the hopes something had dropped out of the sky.
                                                 On arrival it was murky and grey with the cloud base just hanging on the tree tops and the only thing that had dropped out of the sky was water, tons of it, coming down in stair rods, but waterproofed up and ever the optimist I set off walking round the water.
Gulls were down to around 40 small gulls and 2 LBBs whilst 4 Cormorants were on the shoreline.
No sign of yesterdays Tufted or Little Grebe.
The Chaffinch flock were still attacking the shoreline weeds by passerine alley, numbering around 20,
whilst further along on the muddy shoreline  a good find of 9 Grey Wagtails working their way along the banking, these obviously being brought down movers, shame they were,nt Yellows.
                                                                        Amazing that with all the shoreline showing not 1 wader in sight. Clifford Lees, Hx Scentific Society, years ago told us that Ogden would never be any good for waders as the surrounding trees made them feel like they were dropping into a trap and I believe he was right.

       Looks good on the shoreline but did,nt get any better.
             Low cloud base hugging the plantation.
BS.

1 comment:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Well done getting out there today Bri.

I Had a run out to Leeshaw Res. this aft - just Canadas and a few gulls in heavy rain - sloped off home after a short while though!!

John