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Friday, December 9, 2016

Who turned the lights out? Ogden

1445 hrs at Ogden and as good as dark with grey skies and heavy rain showers. Pointless trying for any photos so left the big camera at home taking the pocket camera along just in case that mega appeared then any sort of photo would do.
A check of the water from the promenade found 1 female Goldeneye across at the north end, possibly the Mixenden bird, whilst around 200 small gulls were on the water .
                                                                 By 1500 hrs small gulls were pouring through from the direction of Mixenden, some settling on the water briefly before moving on, whilst others flew straight over towards the Oxenhope roost. In all I estimated around 1000 small gulls, 75% being BHGs heading for the roost
A Green Woodpecker flew over the promenade as a finale dropping into trees by the lodge house.
1530 hrs now and away home in complete darkness.

On a brighter note, if your nearest and dearest is struggling for that extra special Christmas present for you I can highly recommend this publication I have just received of The Birds of Spurn. An amazing 700 page hard back book with the 391 species recorded at Spurn Head over the years, all written about in great detail including seasons, times, how often seen , when expected to be seen etc.
Also included are Ringing and Visible Migration reports and packed with some truly amazing photos.
                                                                    Even if you rarely get to Spurn, as myself, it gives you a great incite into the coming and goings of migrants and when to look out for them in our area.
 A good book to have on these dark winter nights. It may sound a little dear at just over £50 but cheap when you see the time and effort thats gone into the writing of it, even though I had to buy my own.





BS

1 comment:

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Enjoy the book Bri, looks like a good un.