Sunday, 10 July 2011

Leeshaw & Leeming Reservoirs

Sunday 10th July a.m.
  This morning was cloudy when we set off with a fairly strong wind blowing but mild
with a temperature of 13°C. We first went to Leeshaw reservoir and saw  30 Canadas
and 12 Greylag Geese on the water.There were a pair of Grey Herons on the bank and
we saw two Common Sandpipers which kept on the move. In the fields on the far side
of the reservoir we spotted a Curlew on a wall and a Lapwing. There were a couple of
Swallowes about and several Meadow Pipits,we saw a couple of Pied Wagtails.
   From here we went to the other side of Oxenhope, Leeming Reservoir, where by now
the temperature was up to 16°C and the sun was out. Here we saw 10 Canadas and
several Mallards. There were 10 Sand Martins making regular swoops over the water, as
we went along the path we saw and heard a Common Sandpiper making alot of noise.
As we got closer we realised the reason for all the noise it had three young chicks running
about at the waters edge. Further on we could see three Oystercatchers, they were
joined by 12 BH Gulls. We were also surprised when at the far end we saw a dog in the
water and its owners walking near the water. As we walked back there was a Wagtail in
the side drainage system, and suddenly Oystercatchers and BH Gulls came flying past, yet
another dog had been in the water and chased them away. Sadly not the best spot for the
Common Sandpiper chicks but hopefully they will be OK!
Grey Herons

Grey Herons moved into field

Common Sandpiper

Canada Geese

BH Gulls



Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper Chick

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