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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wheatears on the move, Fly Flatts

                                  Like being at the seaside   Common Sands

     Wheatears moving through  sev juvs


 This Common Sand managed with one leg
          Juv Common Sandpiper
                                    Bit scraggy yet
                                3 m Tufted in eclipse
                      Noisy LBB gulls

  Swifts piling through, sev have already left the country
                                Another juv Wheatear

     Young Lapwings
                                             Whimbrel

  Juv Redshank thinking its a Phalarope



         Redshank with Common Sandpiper

Fly Flatts  0630-0930 hrs
One of those mornings where you dont want to get out of the car with a howling WNW>6, low cloud and horizontal drizzle.
By 0715 things were looking a little brighter with the rain passed over and the cloud lifted just leaving the strong wind but even a hint of sun.
The shoreline was a hive of activity with the first returning Wheatears mixed in with several juv Pied Wagtails.  Many of the Wheatears were juvs.
Waders seemed to be everywhere with Common Sandpipers with their young whilst a juv Redshank was present.
Swifts were piling >S , several already headed out of the country over Spurn Point, see BTO Migration blog link.
A quick unusual call made me spin round just in time to see what I took to be a Whimbrel take off from beyond the boathouse low over the water then off very down the Calder valley. Unsure whether it was Whimbrel or young Curlew at the distance until back home the call and photos confirmed it.

11 Wheatear
6 Common Sandpiper + 1 juv
1 Redshank
5 LBB gulls
1 Snipe
4 juv Lapwing
sev juv Pied Wagtail
1 Whimbrel
3 Drake Tufted
BS

5 comments:

heavybirder said...

Primarie wing pattern suggests Curlew to me Brian. Whimbrel isn't as contrasty, more uniform dark. (What do others think).

Brian Sumner . said...

Still fancy Whimbrel Nick though could be wrong but the flight was all wrong for Curlew . Seeing it tail on my first thought was Barwit with the flight pattern and the way it lifted high with sharp movements.
The sharp short note was like the start of the seven note call which we used to get at TMR.
I,m sure, had it been a Curlew, I would,nt have given it a second thought.

Brian Sumner . said...

See Calderbirds entry re Charlie Streets Whimbrel, same bird, time right ?

heavybirder said...

Ive looked at this bird again Brian and I still think its a Curlew. The inner Primes and secondaries are classic Curlew. Whimbrel is more uniform dark. Check out the Macmillan Field Guide page 87. Your bird does appear to show a prominent supercillium, but Curlews are so variable so this can be ruled out as an ID feature.Also Curlews do sometimes produce a Whimbrel like call, Ive been caught out by it several times. Hope This helps.

Brian Sumner . said...

I dont see how you can rule out a bright white supercillium, Ive never seen a Curlew with one plus the flight pattern and call, as well as Charlie Streets Whimbrel heading North over Skircoat at exactly the right time.
Looks like we,ll just have to differ on this one and move on.