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No sightings of Roe Deer, Hare or Badger will be mentioned on this blog throughout the year and links will be removed from other blogs giving the whereabouts of these mammals due to the rising influx of poaching, long dogging and lamping by sick individuals.
BS




Monday, December 5, 2022

Leeshaw/Ogden

 

LEESHAW                Only 2 Herring gull present today

                                    Around 300 Black Headed

                                Muck spreading in the fields is helping

OGDEN                        Female Teal

                                Flock of around 12 very active Goldcrest
                            A few attempts of photos in the very dark wood

                                Taken at slow shutter speed/ high ISO















                                    Female Teal back near the shore





Fly Flatts blanked out with fog again this morning so headed to Leeshaw where conditions were very dark but decent visibility with 80% cloud on a light NE>3 at 3 degrees.
                             An active morning at Leeshaw though nothing out of the ordinary but plenty to keep me alert. Gulls were the main contenders with around 300 Black Headed in the newly manured fields, all carefully scoped through for Meds but not to be found....as yet !
Surprisingly only 2 Herring present and 15 Commons with no LBBs at all.
               No wildfowl on the water other than a few Canadas and Greylags whilst the surrounding fields were alive with large flocks of Jackdaw, Starling and Woodpigs with 12 Mistle Thrush and 3 Fieldfare in a distant field. A Dunnock was by the overflow and 2 Kestrels in the air.
            A  check on Ogden mid p.m. found very few small gulls and no Herring or LBB. A single female Teal was on the water then near the west bank but no sign of NKs 2 male Teal which would have no doubt been there skulking under the edges.
             Small passerines were poor with a very small Tit flock and no sign of Siskin/Redpoll or the Chaffinch flock, which I,m hoping has,nt moved on. Around 12 Goldcrests were giving a very active display but in the darkest part of the waterside trees hence the poor sample of photos which had to be taken at a slow shutter speed and high ISO to get some light into the camera, hence the un-sharp, grainy 
images. Must be due for a Firecrest anytime now.
BS

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Perfect Conditions ......for decorating, certainly not birding.

 After a one day rest-bite from the fog it was back to normal with dense fog, drizzle and rain throughout the day up here in the gods. Though annoying, I suppose it has to be expected this time of year with, looking back, I had 10 days abandoned last December due to fog, snow or heavy rain.
            Having said that I still had some decent birds during the better days of December with skeins of Pink Footed Geese on the move whilst birds present were Iceland gull, Med gull, sev Goldeneye, Smew,
Common Scoter, Ring Necked Parakeet plus a Snow Bunting up by the wind turbines found by a member of the sailing club but dipped by me.
            Another grim day full of rain forecast for tomorrow then half decent Tues/Wed before the snow arrives.
BS

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Leeshaw Reservoir.

                                  A good count of 42 Herring gull








                                  Gantry full of small gulls



                                   Around 200 Black Headed.

A very dark morning at Leeshaw with a few showers on a light NE>2 at 3 degrees with 80% cloud.
                A poor show of wildfowl with just a few Mallard present along with 6 Canada and 4 Greylag.
 A dipper was down in the beck whilst a few Redwing were moving along the hedges of the big field.
               Gulls were the main feature with around 200 Black Headed but difficult to check for Med gull with the birds being very mobile continuously moving round field to field but nothing showing on the ones I managed to scope through.
                A good count of Herring gull with 42 present at one point but only 5 LBBs. Some big flocks of Starling  and a distant single Buzzard, otherwise down to the usual species.
                Good to bump into CK up there doing the rounds and left him heading for the moor top in hopes of Snow Bunting.
BS
 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Fogged off a.m.? Ogden p.m.

 

                                    Only a single Chaffinch found today.
                                  This LBB was dark enough for an intermedius

                                                2 LBBs , graellsi.

Another morning of dense fog on the tops lingering all day although Ogden p.m. was very spring like with a calm NE>2 at 4 degrees and hazy sunshine.
           One of those visits where I wished I,d carried on with my decorating with just a single Chaffinch found and only 2 Siskin fly overs as well as a poor Tit flock and just 2 Goldcrest, despite doing the west and east bank.
           The long staying pair of Teal were distant at the north end in with the Mallard whilst around 100 small gulls were on the water, 90% being Black Headed, along with 4 Herring and 3 LBB gulls, one of which was very dark showing features of intermedius.
           Around 4 Bullfinch were in the car park bushes and a Sparrowhawk glided overhead.
The fog has cleared from the tops tonight so hopefully tomorrows forecast for rain on a >NE wind will keep it at bay.
BS