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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ogden a.m.

   Unusual for Ogden, Redshank
  Taken long distance with Canon 300mm
            Too wet for Big Bertha.

           Water level well down with islands appearing.
                                    Few LBBs and BHGs.

With all the upland sites fogged off it was down to Ogden as a last resort
Though the conditions were ideal with low scud clouds and heavy drizzle birding was quiet.
                                                                   The water is near an all time low with acres of shoreline and even small islands appearing offshore but the only wader present was a single Redshank on the west shoreline which is now nearly out of camera range from the footpath. The 25 Mixenden Canadas were on the water  along with a low count of Mallard which once again for the second year running have failed to rear any young out of the 22 ducklings counted earlier in the season and now not a young duck in site. This is mainly due to Carrion Crows being attracted to the site with the bread lobbers in the se corner where 12 Carrion Crows and 9 Jackdaws were present this morning where a lady told me the Jackdaws were as bad as the Crows for taking ducklings. Also 2 Heron have been present throughout, firstly tempted by breeding frogs and then ducklings, both of which have moved on now that the food is finished.
                                                   11 LBBs were on the shoreline along with 5 BHGs and that was about it .  Hopefully I,ll have a better blog from the tea time session.
BS

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