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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Leeshaw Reservoir/ Cullingworth fields.

 

 Leeshaw                            Grey Wagtails still moving through.


Cullingworth fields                        Gulls galore
                                      Around 800 gulls inc plenty Herring and LBBs




                                           Adult Yellow Legged Herring gull


                                                     1st winter Herring, plenty of these.

Thick fog on the tops this morning so dropped down to Leeshaw reservoir which was below the cloud base and reasonably clear with patches of blue sky overhead and some sunshine breaking through though scud clouds were moving through and drizzle throughout the watch. A SW>4 was blowing at 10 degrees.
             No continuation of yesterdays big Whooper Swan day but enough activity to keep the interest going with Starling,Alba and Grey Wagtail moving as well as Mipits and my first sign of moving Coal tits this season which looked odd flying over the water.
           Around 30 Redwing were present in the usual trees whilst around 250 small gulls were on the shore along with 3 Herring and 42 LBB gulls.
             Back on gull watch mid afternoon at the Cullingworth gull field where around 800 gulls were present and a quarter of them a bit nearer than yesterday and in scopable distance.
            As well as Black Headed and Commons there were plenty Herring and Lesser Black Backed of all age groups but one hours scoping failed to pick out a Med gull from the birds in range but a single adult Yellow Legged Herring gull appeared briefly before flying into the next field out of sight. This is probably the same adult as KM found on the back end of last week.

Leeshaw
c 250 small gulls
3 Herring gull
42 LBB gull
63 Starling...............>NW
2 Alba Wagtail........>SW
9 Grey Wagtail.......>SW
17 Mipit.................>S
c 30 Redwing ....present
+ usual sp.

Cullingworth fields
c 800 gulls present
1 ad Yellow Legged Herring gull, (michahellis)
BS