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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Raggalds Flood Delivers

RF 0900 hrs in a biting E'ly wind and bright sunshine. 2 Redshank and 2 Charadrius Plovers feeding in the open. The wind stung my eyes so it was difficult to split the latter but one did give the impression of LRP. Luckily DW responded to my msgs and turned up with his 83 x Howitzer. The images he took confirmed it was Little-ringed Plover.

Pictures DW
Soil Hill: pr Oystercatcher, chipping Snipe, Lapwings, Curlews, Linnets etc. Newbies for me were a Wheatear in Coal Lane and a brief Swallow across the road.
Ogden Res: 1 each Cormorant, Grey Heron, LBBG. c26 Canada. 2 Chiffchaff, 8 WW, 1 Blackcap ditto Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush.

The walk across the golf course proved of interest with a singing Green Woodpecker down at Stod Fold and a Stonechat also singing near the footpath to Mixenden. 4 cracking Wheatear were at the foot of Hunter Hill flitting along nearby walls. 4 more WW were singing and a pr Curlew were bubbling along up the hill.
Mixenden Res: pr Redshank ditto Grey Wagtail, 4 Canada, 1 each WW & Chiffchaff. No Swallows seen today.

PS Dave went back to Raggalds Flood and was able to photograph both plovers and confirmed the other one was also LRP.