Monday, 27 August 2012

Local Walk & Redcar Tarn

Monday August 27th a.m.
 This morning started cloudy with some sunny spells with a temperature of 11°C as we took
the dog for a walk through the village. There were Starlings,Collared Doves and Jackdaws
on the roof tops and we spotted a GSW which landed in a tree in front of us.Other usual
species were around, the Swallows and House Martins continue to flock together with
c125 being on the over head wires near Hallas Lane.Only a couple of weeks left now before
they leave us for the warmer temperatures of Africa.
  We had a quick look round  the surrounding fields of Cullingworth before going up to Redcar
Tarn looking for the growing Gull flocks which we usually have here over winter. We found them
in a field heading out of the village, we estimated c200 BH Gulls with a couple of LBB Gulls, they
were quite flighty  when approached so just  a couple of distant snaps of part of the flock.
  Up at Redcar Tarn there were 12 Canadas feeding in the field opposite the Tarn,c 100 Mallards
on the water with Coots,Moorhen,BH Gull and Tufted Ducks.We counted 10 Lapwing on the
island,others included Rook,Swallow and Pied Wagtail. 
Canadas opposite Redcar Tarn

part of the BH Gull flock

more BH Gulls

some of the Swallows and House Martins gathering in increasing numbers


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