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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hard work birding, Leeshaw

With mist still hanging over the tops it was head to the east side of the Nab avoiding the western ridge.
Leeshaw weather wise was dull with a cold SW>4 but good visibility
                                                             A very similar story to yesterday with just Mallards and small gulls on the water, Fieldfare, Redwing and Mipits in the fields and gulls in the air with no sign of yesterdays Curlews.
                               1500 hrs and the gulls started dropping in or moving through west with around 100 Commons and Black Headed mostly using the water whilst the big gulls moved straight through west with 38 Lesser Black Backed, 14 Herring and 1 Great Black Backed.
                               Two of the fields have now been muck spread, one holding around 50 Starling and a good count of 11 Pheasant in the other.
                             Not a good forecast for tomorrow with snow and then rain predicted , roll on March.
An e mail from a birder on the west coast reported that most of the Pink Footed Geese in his area have now gone so it looks like several moved after dark or they have followed the coastal route missing us which happened last year but there,s still time for a big push day yet with the remaining birds.
BS

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