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Monday, January 11, 2021

Ogden early morn.

 Well I got the rain and rise in temperature that I ordered which has shifted the snow nicely although I may have ordered too much rain with it none stop all day turning from heavy horizontal drizzle to rain on an increasing W>4 increasing to W>6 at 6 degrees.
                                                              First light at Ogden in terrible conditions and even at that time the police were present checking that people were local and taking car registrations as a second check. I was told that it was so busy yesterday that they blocked the road off , not letting anyone in and checking people for being local before they let them out. Nothing like that today in the conditions with only 6 cars in the car park but a few arriving as I left.
                                                             Very little to see in the dark skies but managed to pick up a female Goldeneye at the north end of the water, a rare visitor for here over the last few years . Once a common sight but recently it seems that only Mixenden pick them up locally. 
                                                          A few Black Headed and Common gull out on the water whilst the 2 sets of feeders only held Chaffinch and Tits.
Way too icy to walk round the water with the dogs with the snow washed off leaving hard packed sheet ice so stuck to the promenade.
                                           A good count of 72 Mallard but nothing amongst them and no more sightings of the Mandarin since before Christmas that I know of.
                                        Checked Raggalds Flood in passing on the way home which held 12 Black Headed and 5 Common gull as well as 18 Lapwing.

Ogden
1 f Goldeneye
72 Mallard
+ usual SP.

Raggalds Flood
12 BH gull
5 Common gull
18 Lapwing.
BS

4 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Dismal day again Bri. At least the ice has gone down here but I might just be doing Wheatley Valley from home. It's a long steep treck up to Ringby but there is always a chance of a good gull passing through.

Unknown said...

Brian said. Best parking at the Queensbury end Dave. Its an easy track up from that end.

mark murray said...

Just seen a barn owl at the bottom of Bridle Stile Lane. Is that the one you reported earlier in the year?

Brian Sumner . said...

More than likely Mark. Barn Owls are appearing all around the area recently. Years ago we would never have even thought of seeing a Barn Owl locally.