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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fly Flatts/Hunter Hill

                                        Fly Flatts, still as a mill pond
A good number of Red Grouse on the moor



First stop was Fly Flatts after a promising red ball sunrise and mist in the valleys. The sky was near cloudless in dead calm conditions with a heavy frost on the ground. Although Starlings and Woodpigeons were on the move it soon became apparent that things were moving over the hill to my east.
Luckily as I was at the far north of the water I picked up 5 skeins of Pink Footed Geese just disappearing >SE behind the Nab. They were well to the east of me and not visible to the naked eye.
A quick call to alert DCB found he had them much closer there and got some pics, the call also confirmed that things were busy at the east of the hill.
A quick dash back to the car and down the road to Hunter Hill proved a good move although according to DCB I had missed another 3 skiens in the process.
Hunter Hill was a much better option with more distant geese and a busy selection of moving traffic. By 1030hrs things had quietened down considerably though Fieldfare were starting to come over.

Fly Flatts :-
190 Starling...............................................>NW
96 Woodpigeon.........................................>S
c150 P.F.Geese.........................................>SE
Present :-
4 Twite
18 Red Grouse
Just 4 BH Gulls on water.

Hunter Hill :-
32 P.F. geese...............................>SE 30 and 2
370 Starling................................>NW
5 Brambling................................>SE
57 Fieldfare.................................>NW 4 Fieldfare.....>SW
11 Redwing..................................>NE
15 Chaffinch.................................>SE
12 Siskin.......................................>S
2 Raven.........................................>W
1 Sparrowhawk............................>S
Present :-
sev blogging mipits

The good news, I found my flask top which I thought Id left at Fly Flatts weeks ago and there it was at Hunter Hill,
the coffee had gone cold but at least DJS and Jen hadnt drunk it.
BS
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7 comments:

NigelK said...

Bloomin marvellous, good job you picked the favoured sites.

HOWARD CREBER said...

Brian lad, I told you weeks ago that I`d left your flask top next to that clump of heather - I did manage to lick out the remants of that superb coffee you make !!. It has sustained me for weeks !!

Brian Sumner said...

Thanks for that Howard, I got confused with the clumps of heather, they all looked the same and the sheep that was near it must have moved

DJSutcliffe said...

Dipped out on your ready made coffee Bri - dash!!! If you leave some Kit-Kats with it next time then we will definately find it.

DJSutcliffe said...

Stunning shots at Fly by the way.

Dave Barker said...

Tremendous sun shot over Fly Brian... wish I had one as good. Howards not quite truthful there Bri, what he didnt tell you is that he found your flask top at Fly and hid it at Hunter hoping you might not find it.... have you lost a tooth brush?

Brian Sumner said...

Thanks Dave, I was sure I left it at Fly and now I know how it turned up at Hunters, little begger that Creber character.
I was pleased with the sun shot, its not often the water is that calm to show that, mind you, Id have swopped you for that light phase Buzzard, everyone I talk to mentions it.