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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

They,ll soon be here, Wheatear.


                                 Last years Fly Flatts birds
           One for Dean, too close for comfort, Back Lane.

Less than 3 weeks now and we,ll be seeing our first Wheatears of the year as they pass through our area on the way to their breeding sites.
Looking back at my previous years records each first has arrived from the 20th to the 27th of March apart from my earliest sighting on the 19th March but that was over at Barden Moor in 2000. Most others are recorded from Soil Hill or Cold Edge Dams. Spring time is the best time to see and photograph Wheatears as the males are sporting their bright breeding plumage whereas on their return through our area in the autumn males and females look alike in their autumn/winter plumage.
How early are your first sightings?

A dull but dry day today till late p.m. when drizzle set in with a strong W>5 blowing.
Very little reportable birds other than a few LBB gulls over early a.m. >NW.
BS

3 comments:

Dean said...

Thall get one for Dean, Brian. Horses, i`m fed up with the bloody things. They eat up money, left right & centre. I`m just glad it`s Jakki`s cash and not mine. Not to mention that Pony Club starts in a month`s time. What a waste of several Sundays for me ;-)

Can`t wait for the Wheatears to arrive. Saying that though, they`re a bit hit & miss on my patch.

NigelK said...

My earliest was in 2010 when a bird showed up on t'hill on morning of March 14th. Then last year 2011 it swung the other way and the first, also on t'hill was April 6th.

Brian Sumner . said...

Dean, whoops, better not mention horses again, Im not a horse lover but never had anything to do with them, always think they are going to either kick, bite or trample.

Good record the 14th Nigel, Ive had quite a few firsts in April also.