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Friday, June 30, 2017

B.O.G. Veteran Birders Annual Meeting, Leeshaw.

                   Greylag goose with Orange 800 neck ring.
                Surely these can,t be comfortable for the goose.?
                  Lapwings and Oyk on the banking.

Leeshaw Reservoir 1315 - 1430 hrs. Dark grey skies and light rain on a light W>3.
                                                           Met BV and KM up there making it feel like the B.O.G old soldiers meeting, or Old Farts as Keith remarked but good to reminisce about birding days gone by.
                                                            Very little excitement on the birding scene with around 50 gulls which decided to go in the top NW corner out of sight until a Heron flushed them and brought them a bit more accessible but after a scope from KMs experienced eye he assured us there was nothing special amongst them. 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Redshank were in the track side field and 14 Oystercatchers were in the Little Owl field with several more scattered around surrounding fields and along the shoreline. A single Common Sandpiper was on the north shore whilst 3 Curlew flew over the moor to the west.
                                The Greylag goose with the Orange 800 neck ring was on the water, these large rings always looking uncomfortable for the goose to me but I suppose plenty research will have gone into them before use.  Otherwise it was a typical June day with adult and young birds lazing around in the fields or shoreline.The good news is, Junes out and within a couple of weeks we can expect to see dispersion starting to take place and things livening up.
BS

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