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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another pilgrimage to Fly Flatts Another 2 bonus birds. 4 this week. It gets better and better.

                                       Shelduck escorting the Whooper Swans
                                    8 Whooper Swans present.

                              The SE wind getting them moving >N

                         All pics taken at distance across the water.

1500 hrs at Fly Flatts with a cold SE>4 but bright and clear.
                                                                  Two more bonus birds today after my 5th visit in 5 days producing several, new in , spring birds and 4 specials.
                                                                   The new comers today were 8 Whooper Swans and a single Shelduck along with the weeks birds of  15 Lapwing, 4 Greylag, 2 Barnacle geese 2 Oystercatchers and the usual Canadas and Mallards.
A top up of the Nyjer seed found 3 Meadow Pipits interested in the area along with a female Stonechat.
                 Info back today on Tuesdays Caspian gull at this site described it to be a first cross hybrid Herring/Caspian adult bird which will do nicely for me.  Thanks to AC for his interest and correctly identifying the bird.
Also many thanks to David Crawshaw who has just given an excellent account of the bird with the same conclusion.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A busier Fly Flatts and another bonus

                          Canadas 600mm Raw.
                                          600mm at distance Raw
                                                     TMR Greylags inc white goose
           Canadas 70-200 Canon LS 2.8  New Toy

A bright late afternoon at Fly Flatts with many more birds in from yesterday with a second day bonus
in the form of 2 early Redshanks low over the flat moor towards Cold Edge Dams.
                                                  The object of the exercise today was to try upgrading to shooting Raw instead of  jpeg to download straight from the camera to the blog without the use of any workshop which I dont have time to do and to be honest I dont understand it being out of my depth.
                                                   Also I wanted to try my new toy which I,ve just added to my collection of lenses, this being a Canon 70-200mm LS 2.8 which is suppose to be Canons sharpest ever lens but we,ll have to wait and see with that one. Its very little use at Fly Flatts as all the subjects here are mega distance across the water, over the moor or up in the sky so Big Bertha doesnt need to worry as she,s not likely to get made redundant .

4 Greylag
131 Canada
93 Lapwing
3 Oystercatcher
2 Redshank
2 Raven
3 Curlew
+ usual Mallards.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fly Flatts bursts into life plus a Bonus.

   First photographic evidence of Curlew this year

                                        Barnies back with a mate
                                           Cold Edge dams yellow ringed bird.
                                          1 of 2 Oyks
                                     A hectic peninsular
                                           Bad tempered Barnie
                                                     2 Oyks

1445hrs on a bright but cold afternoon with clear skies, 50 % cloud cover and a NNE>5.
                                                        Fly Flatts has suddenly burst back to life with 4 Curlew
2 Oystercatcher, 2 Barnacle geese, 94 Canadas, 78 Lapwing and 1 Raven.
                                                        Then , just as I thought it was all over, along came this :-

  This has got to be Caspian Gull, 3rd winter.
  The bird flew >N low over the water under the east banking .

 Even at the distance through bins the black bullet hole eye
 and bright white head stood out along with the milky
 white underwings.

                Very lightly speckled head
 It had just the same slow casual flight as my October bird.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fly Flatts.

                                      Lapwings numbers building on the east shore.
                                   Across to the SE corner
                                           Canada geese up to 44.
                                North along the west banking
              Plenty noisy Red Grouse on the moor

1500 hrs on a grey but pleasant afternoon with a mild NW>4.
                                                                 Birds still arriving daily with Canadas now up to 44 whilst Lapwings on the east shoreline gave a count of 26 along with the usual Mallards on and around the peninsular. At least 2 Curlew were calling across the moor with a Kestrel overhead. The only small passerines were 3 Meadow Pipits.
                                                    Camera wise an afternoon of missed opportunities,  with firstly, as I was approaching Fly Flatts 2 Raven were at the side of the road with a rabbit carcass but by the time I saw them and pulled up they flew, so that was the first good picture missed.
                                                    The second miss was as I was on the phone at the SW corner and 2 Golden Plover flushed from close by and flew directly over me disappearing across the moor.
                                                       The last miss was as I was loading the tackle into the car 4 small wader types flew low over the sw corner and disappeared below the banking. Had it been May I,d have said they were Dunlin as they looked too small and fast for Goldies but I,ll have to put them on the list of " cud av bins ".

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Spring has Sprung. Lower Laithe and a buzzing Leeshaw Reservoir.

                                        3 Oystercatchers back at Lower Laithe

                                      Fields full of Lapwing at Leeshaw
                                         8 Oystercatcher back at Leeshaw
                                     Over 200 Herring gulls >W over Leeshaw

                                    Mixed Lapwing and Starling
                                      Mallard fly over with Teal
                                          Distant Golden Plover

                                 Mixture of Herring, LBB,Common and BHG

                                                             1 of 3 Cormorant.

1430 hrs on a cloudy but light afternoon which calm conditions.
                                                        First stop was Lower Laithe where 3 Oystercatchers were back and a check of the Upper Marsh field produced 10 distant Golden Plover and several Lapwing holding territory.
                             On then to Leeshaw where the whole area was buzzing and alive with spring time.
Oystercatchers were noisily flying around the fields and the water whilst around 150 Lapwings were in the fields along with c 50 Starling and 15 Golden Plover all very mobile due to the presence of a Sparrowhawk.
                      Herring gulls were piling over with a count of at least 200 >W along with a few Lesser Black Backed, some settling on the water before moving off again.
A Curlew called as it flew low over the moor just giving me time to see it before it dropped down into a field out of sight.
An amazing 2 hours birding.

6 Meadow Pipit
1 Grey Wagtail
c150 Lapwing
1 Curlew
15 Golden Plover
3 Cormorant
8 Oystercatchers
c 200 Herring gull >W
38 LBB gull >W
4 Greylags
32 Canadas
+ usual sp.
1 Teal