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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Mixenden Reservoir

 

MIXENDEN                 Distant shots across the water of todays Herring gulls




                                   4 Adults plus this first winter.



Mid p.m. and a check of Mixenden Reservoir in sunshine and showers on a cool N>3 at 3 degrees.
                                         Another quiet visit with just 4 ad and 1 first winter Herring along with 12 Common and around 50 Black Headed, all carefully checked for Med gulls. Contrary to my last visit all the gulls headed off >N to roost, probably at TMR. This was probably due to wanting to fly into the wind.
         Just 1 drake Mallard and 1 Moorhen on the water, with a Sparrowhawk overhead and still no sign of Goldeneye. A very slow start for this species with just 3 sightings, I had a female on Leeshaw in October and a male also at Leeshaw in November whilst NK had a single on Mixenden recently. Mixenden is usually a hot spot for Goldeneye from November on where numbers tend to peak in February.
               The daughter needs her car back tomorrow so back on foot and public transport until the cars back together.
BS