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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir

         Yellow Legged Herring gull, centre rear
                                                        YL  left
                                 Common gull starting to show autumn
                                               head streaks.
                                      YL  top left Common lower right


                                           Whimbrel/ juv Curlew

Fly Flatts at 1515 hrs was like Blackpool on a Wakes weekend with a full complement of boats out , which I expected, but there were about a dozen people walking dogs around the banking so on to Leeshaw with a bright start then rain showers becoming persistent.
                                                                  Nothing special on the water other than 15 BHGs but then 5 LBBs came in, one of which was the Yellow Legged Herring gull which settled and stayed on the water. Shortly afterwards a single Common gull also settled on the water, this bird starting to get its autumn head streaks. Just 3 Oystercatchers present along with 1 Little Owl and the usual Lapwings etc. A surprise to see a Willow Warbler in the brambles once again.
                                                                    As I was packed up ready to leave 2 large waders came speeding in making me think of Godwits the way they ziz zagged over the water , then after a full circuit of the water they landed way across on the nw shoreline. Grabbing the bins back out of the car revealed them to be Whimbrel or juv Curlew, the nearest looking to have a very dark eye stripe . Just time for an out of range photo before they took off >W before I had chance to get the scope set up.
One of those , have to let it go ,records.
BS
                                                             

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