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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Testing the waters., Ogden/Mixenden/ Cold Edge/Fly Flatts/Raggalds Flood.


            Plenty snow for Queensbury.  Foxhill Park

                                   Pippa enjoying the snow
                                                   
                                                         one for Vicki
                                                           The team
                                    Mixenden in the snow

                                                      Time to move
                                   Mixy in between snow showers
                                               Distant Gt Crested Grebe on Mixy
                          Collared Dove, Cold Edge Dam
                   Cold Edge Chaffinch and Goldfinch flock



With an afternoon free but hampered with the snow I though it was a good time to check some local waters after the gales for Grebes, Divers and Kittiwakes or any other wildfowl come to that.
                                                              Ogden was the first port of call where I just had time to sift through the gulls and spot a Little Grebe at the north end from the prom before a snow blizzard appeared from the west blanking out the area, time to move on.
                                                               Next stop Mixenden reservoir where again I checked out the gulls out on the water along with a Gt Crested Grebe but no sign of DJSs Goldeneye which I believe has been in the area a while now. Again the snow appeared thick and fast so away again to the next location, Fly Flatts.  Strangely Fly Flatts ,being in the most exposed area remained dry although the road up there was a bit exciting, especially when you,re looking for birds and not watching where you are going.
                                                               After a disappointing visit here and running out of time I thought I may as well call at Cold Edge Dams to check out the geese in the fields, except there was,nt any and nothing on the dams.  A good flock of Chaffinch and Goldfinch were down the lane possibly visiting a garden feeder which was out of sight.
                                                                       Raggalds Flood was frozen over whilst the Lapwing flock were in the Raggalds field at the top of the Bonnet.

Ogden
82 Mallard
c  120 small gulls   80 % Black Headed
1 Little Grebe
1 Kingfisher

Mixenden
c50 Small gulls  70% Commons
1 LBB
1 Gt Crested Grebe
3 Mallard
1 Herring gull >SW

Fly Flatts
5 Mallard
c20 Carrion Crow

Cold Edge Dams
10 Chaffinch
4 Goldfinch
2 Collared Doves
3 BH gulls

Raggalds Flood
2 Lapwing
4 Common gull

Raggalds field
73 Lapwing
1 Pied Wagtail
BS

3 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

How did I miss you today Bri ? I missed the L Grebe as well !

Brian Sumner . said...

I was there 1330 - 1400 hrs ish. Left when the mega snow shower came. Little Grebe was near to the banking north end viewed from the prom. Thought it was f Goldeneye at first till I got a better view of it.

Vicki Johnson said...

Very cute. I love the little coat!