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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Checking the local reservoirs, Leeshaw/Mixenden

 
LEESHAW                 2 right hand birds Herrings. LH bird either dark phase Herring 
                                                               or possibly LBB.


                                                 Common

                                              1 of 9 Goosander.



MIXENDEN                            Drake Goldeneye


                      Gulls on ice. Front RH  BHG has a green ring left leg and silver on right.
                                                A bird from Stavenger, North Norway.  JAJ5.



                                            Single Moorhen.
                                          m Goldeneye
                                       Adult Herring.


                                 Bullfinch in the south hedge

                                     2 Ring Necked Parakeet in usual area.

 Unusual report received today of 2 Mute Swan on Mixenden. 
                       Thanks to fireman Craig for relaying message to me.
                              Photo and report courtesy , a dog walking friend of Craigs.

Another day, another pile of freezing fog on the tops so over the hill to Leeshaw where it was partially clear with some blue sky on a W>4 at -2 degrees. An early finish here when the fog enveloped the area.
                              Only 4 big gulls today but small gulls starting to return to some of the part thawed fields. A good count of 9 Goosander on the water whilst a Dipper was singing in the beck area but remaining hidden from view.
                            Next stop Mixenden with light snow throughout on a NW>4 at 0 degrees and part of the water frozen.
                          Peering over the top of the bank a male Goldeneye was present and several small gulls stood on the ice near to the banking so I quickly took some shots before everything moved to the middle of the water.  This was a wrong move as to my embarrassment , with not scanning through them first, I missed seeing that one of the Black Headeds had a leg ring. Luckily I had it on camera with a blurry but readable code on the green ring putting it to a bird rung in Stavenger, North Norway. 
I usual get photos first in a situation like this as I can look through them at home for anything special but in this case a quick scan through would have been a better choice.
                         Around 100 small gulls were present with only the one adult Herring gull and no signs of the female Goldeneye. A single Cormorant was busy fishing whilst the usual Moorhen was out on the water with disturbance at the north end of the west bank where 2 fellas were sat round a campfire and to my amazement one of them stripped off to his boxer shorts and walked into the water up past his waist and the kept ducking completely under the water. Possibly a hardy man from Queensbury or he had been smoking wakky bakky ?
                           Plenty activity in the south hedge with several Blackbirds and Tits whilst a cracking male Bullfinch was a pleasant surprise, plus flushing a very close female Pheasant on the edge of the wood which nearly made me jump into the reservoir also.
                            Not looking good for tomorrow so far with snow falling now and forecast throughout tomorrow on a moderate north wind.

Mixenden
1 Dipper
3f  6m Goosander
1 ad Herring, 2 2cy Herring + 1 2cy Herring or poss LBB
c 200 small gulls
6 Redwing
1 Mistle Thrush
1 Stock Dove
8 Mallard
1 Cormorant
+ usual sp.

Mixenden
1 ad Herring
c 100 small gulls
1 m Goldeneye
1 Moorhen
12 Mallard
1 Cormorant
1f Pheasant
1m Bullfinch
1 RN Parakeet
+ usual sp. 

I read some good news on the internet for a change saying that vaccines are to be done by Amazon delivery drivers. The whole population would be immunised by Saturday or Friday if you have Prime!!
BS  

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Heck - Mute Swans reported and Parakeets and a big lens success with the gull etc. - quite a day Bri. It's got to turn up a Diver or a Smew one of these days.

Brian Sumner . said...

Dont ever remember Mute Swans on Mixy before Dave.