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Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Only time free today was midday for a quick dash to Ogden but too early for the pre roost gulls coming in so had to settle for a small number with just 3 sub adult Herrings and 4 2nd summers. Very few LBBs but plenty Commons and Black Headed.
Amazingly, with the amount of mud exposed there were no waders and the only water fowl was the usual Gt Crested Grebe plus a few Canadas and Mallards.
Strange to see a Peacock walking down Perseverance Road.
A Osprey was over TMR today,(B.O.G.) but no details of time or direction.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
A mid afternoon dash spending 30 minutes with the Ogden gulls failed to produce anything that looked out of the ordinary. All the juvs seemed to fit into the Herring/ LBB category with around 30 adult LBB and just 5 adult Herring as well as 17 Common.
A scan through the 40+ Black Headed produced several juvs but still awaiting a med gull in with them.
Monday, August 29, 2022
on Herring and LBB. Correct me if I,m wrong.
A late afternoon gull check at Ogden with just 30 minutes to spare found, once again, I arrived too late at 1600 hrs when most of the big gulls had left with around 40 adult LBB, c 60 BHG, 9 Commons and just 1 adult Herring. A check through the c 20 juv and 2cy birds produced what I believe to be a Yellow Legged Herring plus other juvs I have yet to caption asap.
Sunday, August 28, 2022
With September almost on us there,s still time for some wader passage, though the month is usually highlighted with wildfowl movement with winter ducks such as Wigeon and Pintail starting to show as well as the first returning Pink Footed Geese by the middle of the month.
Heres a few local sightings from the last 2 year Septembers, mostly Fly Flatts, unless captioned otherwise.
Black Redstart on the shore
So just a few of the birds to expect during September plus getting deeper into the gull season.
Once again today Ogden would have been heaving and also tomorrow if the weather is decent. Just 2 Swifts over Queensbury today and a few Common Gulls starting to arrive at Foxhill Park a little earlier than usual.
An amazing display yesterday evening over Black Dyke Mills chimney with swarms of hirundines circling the chimney top for about 20 minutes then suddenly all had gone. I text NK who is situated nearer than me and he informed me that the majority seemed to be House Martins.
No re occurrence of that tonight.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Going back to my blog report for Ogden on the 25th Aug the juv gull
showing the shadow around the eye turned out to be a juv
Yellow Legged Herring gull.
It just goes to show how many Y.L.s are missed with one present on the
first day I,ve really checked through the juveniles.
This gull was confirmed by KM and MC, thanks to both.
No chance of a quick Ogden gull check today with a hot sunny weekend afternoon not being a recipe for birding Ogden.
Amazingly a Spotted Redshank turned up at Leeshaw reservoir on the 26th Aug (BV) whilst ironically I had one at Fly Flatts last year on the 25th Aug, I wonder if it visited Fly Flatts?