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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ogden in the rain.

                                          Shoreline getting busy
                                       Mainly Black Headed
                                   Young BHG 1st summer, left
                                         Cormorants building up, 5 present
                                         LBB gulls of all ages.
                           All pics at 300 mm due to heavy rain
                            Big Bertha does,nt like getting wet.
    Double take, LBB over Cormorant.
                                 1st summer Black Headed
      Adult BHG,  1st summer LBB,  1st summer BHG,

Rain is not a problem, wind is workable but fog is impossible.
Thick fog daylong up here in the Gods so it was down to Ogden late p.m. which was just below the cloud base but very dark and very wet with a mix of heavy rain and drizzle.
                                                  The move of Cormorants I experienced over the weekend has left 5 at Ogden which usually builds up to double figures by late August. Around 70 gulls were on the east banking, 75 % being Black Headed with the rest Lesser Black Backed and still no Commons returned.
Mallard numbers are low at present with most of them well into moult and non flyers whilst the usual 25 Mixenden Canadas were on the south cobbles.
Good to see the Kingfisher returned, post breeding, when it flashed downstream out of the sluice gate area.
Hopefully the North Easterlies forecast for tomorrow will shift the fog and bring in the goods.
BS

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