Monday, 7 May 2018

Dean Clough Glaucous Gull

An early morning visit to Dean Clough  on the 7th turned up this 2nd calendar year Glaucous gull which was the only gull on the water.  It was a bit too distant for a decent photograph but this record shot isn't too bad. Still a few Wheatear's around but no sign for several weeks of any Stonechat.

Glaucous Gull - 2nd calendar year

On the 9th there five Wheatear around the track north of Dean Clough lower res, and a few Redpoll were heard. One alighted briefly allowing a nice photo.  There were up to five singing male Reed Buntings, three singing Skylark and the usual numbers of Meadow Pipits. No Grasshopper Warblers heard or seen yet.

Persistent disturbance by dogs is likely to mean there will be no breeding waterbirds at Dean Clough this year (not counting the Dippers that have bred on Dean Brook). The Great Crested Grebes were down to one pair today.

Meadow Pipit

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