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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Up with the gulls, Soil Hill

                                                Mainly LBBs heading in






                                                      A few Herring



                                    Meadow Pipit feeding young

                                                       Black Headed

1500 hrs.
With limited time and the mega grim heatwave it was head for some fresh air on the summit of Soil Hill to watch the gulls coming in to Oxenhope reservoir.
The hill itself is now near enough obsolete until the late summer/ early autumn when migrants start returning and today it just held the usual Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and a scattering of Linnets plus a now resident Little Grebe down on the pond.
                                                             Gulls were plentiful , all mainly LBBs with 5 Herrings and 21 Black Headed. Scoping across to the reservoir gulls were lined up on the wave wall but I was unable to see if there was any shoreline due to heat haze. Hay making is well underway now tempting some of the gulls down briefly to investigate.
                                                            Plenty Swallows overhead but Swifts seem to have gone off the boil a bit with very few over today and none yesterday late evening when you would normally expect a sky full.
BS

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