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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir / home for tea then Redcar Tarn.

                                          1 of 4 Oystercatchers

                                1 of 3 LBBs
     Very distant 3rd yr Herring with blue ring on left leg
                        silver metal ring on right leg.
          Out of range in torrential rain.

Leeshaw Res.  1330 -1500 hrs. Torrential rain throughout on a near gale W>6.

The sort of afternoon where only 2 class of people would stand by a reservoir, the totally dedicated birder and the near totally insane. Two people stood by Leeshaw today, Keith Moir and myself, I,ll let you decide which category they fall into!
                                                         The rain never eased throughout but thankfully with the car positioned it was possible to stand under the tailgate out of the worst of the weather.
Keith and myself had the same dream of Kittiwakes and Black Terns but unfortunately neither came true. Keith blamed the weather on me for wishing away the sunshine but given the choice of the two today was good for me and not a nugget in sight, apart from us two.
                                                          Most of the birds had understandably gone to ground leaving
3 Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Snipe, 3 LBB gulls and an interesting Herring gull which dropped in briefly on the far shore sporting a blue plastic ring on its left leg but out of range and moved on before I could scope up. Will look into this one, the head shape puts it a contender for Yellow Legged to me and although the legs were pinkish they would be at this age.

REDCAR TARN

Home for a dry out and some tea and having a free day I was soon on my way to Redcar Tarn inspired by Keith Moir who had just left LBB intermedius, and Yellow Legged before he met me at Leeshaw.
Not an easy task as mostly juvs but plenty pics to sift through and sort out as soon as I,ve chance, possibly with a little help from gull men KM and MC.

If you dont like gulls look away now.






                                      Intermedius on left.












    Dont know if this is KMs Norwegian LBB Intermedius yet.


                                                          LBB
                                                            LBB
                                                             LBB
                                                           LBB

BS.

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