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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fly Flatts, Calm and Birdless

                                        Red Legged Partridge


   Still juv Meadow Pipits present
         Flocks of Goldfinch and Blue Tits

                             Mixenden white Crow

                                   Fly Flatts, still and empty


                                                     First light

                               Heather looking good on the moor

Fly Flatts 0615 - 0915 hrs   Very still with slight NW turning W>2. Broken sunshine then skies clearing by 0830 hrs.

Fly Flatts was amazingly quiet this morning with a list of 3 Red Grouse and 1 Kestrel after a full trek of the reservoir with an eerie silence having no Canadas, Wheatears or Mipits present.
Up on the top road was a little better with 3 Red Legged Partridge and a scattering of juv Mipits.
Plenty seed down and surprising to see the Nyjer seed already growing well.
A good flock of around 40 Mipits, mainly juvs were around Withins Gap whilst a flock of  c100 mixed Linnets, Goldfinch and Blue Tits were feeding on thistles on Balkram Edge.
A drive on to Paul Clough checking for Buzzard failed to produce so all in all a poor morning for the end of August although Vis Mig produced movement early morn until the sun raised its ugly head.

Vis Mig
126 Swallows.............................................>S
98 Meadow Pipit........................................>SW
19 Linnet..................................................>W
4 Alba Wagtail..........................................>W
1 Grey Wagtail.........................................>W
4 LBB gull...............................................>SW

Other
3 Red Legged Partridge
1 Kestrel
c 40 Meadow Pipit
4 Red Grouse
Sev Goldfinch, Linnet, Blue Tits
Mixenden White Crow,  usual area
BS

1 comment:

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Great shots of the partridge Bri