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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Leeshaw, Cormorants and Scoter.

  This Lapwing chick I,ve been watching from hatching
   has almost reached adulthood despite all the hurdles
                           on the way.

 A difficult snap with the Little Owl in the dark
                     shade of the wall.

                                           Lbb gulls drifting in
                            Cormorants on the move

                                            Several in the moult
                           9 in total, >SW + 2 by the water


                                  Still 20 + Oystercatchers present
                                              Several Black Headed gulls

1530 hrs at Leeshaw just in time for the kick off  when gulls start arriving at 1600 hrs onwards.
                                                              Not my kind of weather with clear blue skies and sunshine but the W>4 kept the temperature from soaring.
No retake of yesterdays Yellow Legged Herring gull when I was prepared to get some better photos with gulls much quieter today as around 40 LBBs and 20 BHGs arrived but no Herrings.
                                                          Two Cormorants were by the water with an obvious move >SW of  9 separate birds >SW, some of these very high and most in some stage of moult.
Still a count of over 20 Oystercatchers and around 50 Lapwings along the shore along with some late young Lapwing chicks.
                                      At 1630 hrs the whole shebang lifted up for some unseen reason filling the sky with Lapwings, gulls and Oystercatchers and whilst scanning through the gulls a Common Scoter flew through the bins seeing it just in time before it skimmed over the dam wall and headed towards TMR. It must have been on the water at the western end and out of site the whole time that I was there.
BS

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