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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Over the border.

With constant rain throughout the day and still pouring down mid afternoon and me running out of dry clothes I thought I,d go a little further afield where I could watch within a short distance of the car.
Redcar Tarn , Keighley was bleak with SW>5 and heavy horizontal drizzle turning to rain. So much so that most of the gulls had left the water and were seeking shelter scattered around the surrounding fields.19 Tufted duck were on the water along with 3 Teal on the island plus the usual geese and Mallards, Coots and Moorhens.  
Across the road in the cemetery site field there were several Herring, LBB, Common and BH gulls along with around 60 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers and several Meadow Pipits. MC checked the field about 1 hour after me and picked up a Dunlin.
                                                                With the cloud dropping and rain worsening I moved on down to the lower land at Silsden to check the flooded fields there where the river Aire had broken its banks in several places. Much of the area is inaccessible but scanning from one vantage point, viewing at distance I picked up :-
21 Curlew
19 Oystercatchers
4 Redshank
3 Cormorant
1 Mute Swan
8 Mallard
5 Canadas
1 Buzzard
Not bad for an area only 45 minutes away and in such bad conditions.

                                    The cemetery site field


                                              Plenty Tufted
                                         
                                                 Impressive Herring gulls

                                                          Redcar Tarn farm field
                                              Silsden floods, Oystercatchers

                 Distant Cormorant in breeding plumage
                                                                  Redshank

 BS


2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Don't get lost venturing so far afield !!! Nice to see some big gulls.

Brian Sumner . said...

Tried to get away from the rain but it kept following me.