Monday, March 24, 2008

Local birding: Kittiwakes - 22nd March 2008.

A check of Fishmoor Res from 07:15-07:30 drew a blank for any of the Kittiwakes of the previous evening, so it was straight to Brockholes in the hope of one there. No joy, so back to Fishmoor for 09:15 to find an adult Kittiwake present, so presumably a new bird.

Above: Ad Kittiwake - Fishmoor Res, Lancs - 22nd March 2008.
Whilst I was checking Rishton Res, Zac Hinchcliffe texted at 10:10 to say there was an adult Kittiwake on No1 Pit at Brockholes, which thankfully remained until 11:45 when it flew SW with other Gulls. Hopefully the first of a few spring records at the site.
Above: Ad Kittiwake - Brockholes Quarry, Lancs - 22nd March 2008.
Afterwards, checks of Anglezarke, Rivington and Yarrow Reservoirs failed to produce any Kitts whilst a large Raptor causing havoc amongst the Gulls over the Island at Belmont Reservoir as I drove past was 'only' a Buzzard on closer inspection, much to my disappointment!