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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lane Head Waxwings, Ogden late pm

        White horses on the water at Ogden

                                          Gulls riding the waves

A shopping trip to Brighouse after lunch took us past Lane Head where ACs Waxwings were at about 50 with several Redwings and Blackbirds. I,ve remarked about the number of berries on the two trees there for a few weeks now and finally the invasion has taken place with one tree almost stripped.
I stopped opposite on the way home but the birds were very flighty in the increasing wind so no pics taken.
A late visit to Ogden found atrocious conditions with near gale force NW>6 and horizontal drizzle blasting across the water.
A good count of small gulls with around 200 including at least 5 LBBs but scanning through them was impossible due to the height of the waves.
All the Mallards were on calmer water under the shelter of the north shore but no strangers amongst them.
Passerines were none existent in the wind with just 1 Wren and a few Coal Tits around the feeders whilst the disturbance would,nt have helped with a quad bike and trailer dumping more Christmas trees on the top of last years, many of which had already blown across the path which is now nicely chewed up from the bike tracks.
Looks like the wind should drop by tomorrow.
BS

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