Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Local birding: Glaucous Gull - 4th March 2008.

A 1stw Glaucous Gull gave distant views in fields north of the M65, east of jcn3, west of Stanworth Reservoir, amongst 400+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls and much smaller numbers of Herring and GBB Gulls from at least my arrival at 11:50 - c15:00, later roosting at Fishmoor Reservoir.

Bill Berry just missed it at Withnell but was more than compensated with a Barn Owl quartering the perimeter of the tip at 15:30. Several Buzzards could be seen soaring around midday by scanning to the NW and North of the site between Hoghton Tower and Pleasington.

A Thirty minute search for the Tockholes Great Grey Shrike, last reported almost two weeks ago, again drew a blank, but what a good site the area around Cartridge Hill is for Raven, with a pair giving great flight views early - mid pm.

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