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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Birding at its best, Cold Edge Dams re visited.

    Around 200 Starlings present
              Canadas, Greylags, Barnacles and Lapwings
                                    Very distant in dark conditions
           Little Grebe on Spring Mill Dam  840mm

                                    Field full of Starlings
            1 of 2 Male Goldeneye + 4 females
               Heavy swell, down in a trough
                                            Barnies
                                        un ringed bird, taken at 840mm
                Note the size difference


   The right hand un ringed is nearly the size
                           of a Canada
                Awaiting details of the ringed bird.




Cold Edge Dams 1430-1530 hrs.  Near gale force WNW>6 gusting 7 with heavy rain and sleet showers . Thanks to Doris for providing some good birding weather moving things around as well as keeping grounded birds down with all the Geese, Lapwings and Starlings in one field.Though not ideal for birders I,m happy with it, keep it coming.
                                                           Thanks to C.E.D. resident Steve for a call informing me that the 2 Barnacles were both present so by 1430 hrs I was knelt knee deep in mud trying to steady the camera on the wall in the strong wind. Started off with the tripod which was worse than useless nearly blowing over so back to the old wet but effective wall method. The photos are not great but I was pleased with the results in such bad conditions. Luckily the 2 Barnacles were usually near together which made better pics.
                                                 Most of the activity was in one field though a check on Leadbeater Dam, where it was difficult to stand up, provided me with firstly 2 female Goldeneye and then a single male flew in followed by another male with 2 more females whilst a pair of Tufted flew into Spring Mill Dam along with the Little Grebe. A real active hours birding, the sort that sends you home buzzing.

109 Canadas
7 Greylag
2 Barnacles
38 Lapwing
c200 Starling
3 Oystercatchers
1 Little Grebe
1 pr Tufted
2m  4f Goldeneye
8 Stock Dove.

When Steve rang me today about the 2 Barnacles he told me the history of  Barnie that we have been watching over the years between Ogden, Fly Flatts and Cold Edge.
Apparently Barnie started off as a free flying bird from the bird collection at Appleby Castle and is now estimated at around 25 years old. Whether or not the present unringed bird is Barnie or not is unknown but I will dig out some old pictures for comparison , size etc.
Thanks again to Steve for his interest and help.
BS


3 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Great report Bri. Amazing the size difference in the 2 'Barnacles'. Nice one with the Goldeneye as well. Think Fly Flats used to be better for them but nowadays Cold Edge seems to be the favoured site.
Good job we have a few (!!) Canadas around as they do attract the others in.
Likewise the Canada flock at Ringstone was maybe a factor in the Whitefronts dropping in there for a while recently.

David Sutcliffe said...

Oh and thanks for getting in touch regarding Judy for the swan contact and subsequently details of the ringed birds.

Brian Sumner . said...

We,ll have to keep a look out now for swan 376Y. They always seem to move around the same parks etc, I will keep an eye on Wibsey and Horton at this end.
NK does Harold park and park dam and Shibden park is well watched.

Could do with some Whitefronts at CED but its a bit late now.