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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Leeshaw Reservoir

 

                                                Little Owl in its usual spot.
                                  My 14th Yellow Legged Herring gull of the year so far.
                                           LBB,  LH            Yellow Legged, RH
                                                       adult
                                      Checking this 1cy out for YL
                                          Poor plumage shot at distance across the water.
                                         LBB pulling trout from the water


                                           Just when it was ready to tuck in....
                                                a Heron stole its prize

A morning of sunshine and showers at Leeshaw Reservoir on a moderate W>4 at 9 degrees.
                                 A first visit for some time to this winter venue and disappointing to see the water so low down that only about 30% of it is visible due to the steep banks. Very few gulls present this morning with about 40 small gulls, 2 LBBs and a stonking Yellow Legged Herring gull,michahellis. The 1cy gull 
that came in and left with it is to be checked out for another YL though plumage detail is poor due to the distance of the image.
                                 No sign of vis mig this morning with near empty skies and quiet on and around the water with a single Teal and the usual Cormorants plus 4 Mistle Thrush and a small group of 12 Linnet.
                              It was unusual to see a LBB gull pull a large trout from the water and try to drag it up the steep bank. Every time it got it part way up the fish wriggled and slid back down into the water. After about 15 minutes struggle the gull finally managed to get it into a better position, only for a Heron to come and take over its breakfast.
BS