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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir. Whimbrel hat trick.

                                        Curlew for comparison
                   Whimbrel  in amongst Curlews


           
                    My 3rd this year


                                     Juv Pied Wagtail
                                  Lapwing chicks growing well
             BHGs and Oystercatchers on the north shore

               Still gulls on the lookout
  Herring gulls through >W

0700 - 0930 hrs at Leeshaw reservoir with dark rain clouds soon clearing to bring sunshine on a stiff SW >5 turning W>4 mid watch.
                                             As soon as I arrived I notice a smaller bird in a field of Curlews which I put down as a young Curlew until I got it in the bins and was pleased to see my third Whimbrel of the year. The Curlews moved on but the Whimbrel stayed in the same area throughout, unfortunately distant at the far end of the field and in between the sun and me.
                                                    Plenty shoreline here but nothing special wader wise other that 1 Ringed Plover and the usual sp. Lapwings chicks are growing well now and beginning to look a little less vulnerable whilst juv Pied Wagtails are now flying.
LBB gulls are still harassing the Lapwings whilst Black Headed and Herring gulls were moving through >W.

1 Ringed Plover
1 Whimbrel
8 Curlew
5 Oystercatcher
3 Snipe
2 Redshank
4 Common Sandpiper
22 Herring Gull..........................>W
8 Black Headed Gull.................>W  plus 2 on the shore
1 Cormorant
1pr Pied Wagtail + 2 juv
48 Greylag geese + some in fields with young
9 Linnet
+ usual sp.
BS
                                           

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Very nice Whimbrel Bri - special birds. Hec - a lot of Greylags about, they are definitely on the increase.