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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wheatear and Buzzards on the move, Fly Flatts

                        A fall of Wheatear early a.m.
                  All in smart autumn plumage



                 1 of 3 Buzzards moving through


                                                               wow

As expected, a foggy start which cleared to hazy sunshine on a brisk SE>4 making visibility limited for vis mig.
Fly Flatts was alive with Wheatear with 15 on the south shore, 7 by the feeding station and 6 below the west bank, 28 in all without checking the northern area.
All quiet on the water other than 2 Canadas and very little shoreline left now.
Swallows were moving through well along with 2 Swifts and then a treat as 3 seperate Buzzards came through the area all >S, 2 distant over the moor and one close by.
A trickle of Meadow Pipits and a few bloggers on the vis mig side and that was it.
Got plenty seed down in the new area with a mix of Sunflower centres, Nyjer and wild bird seed which should attract something down.
A drive on to Paul Clough to check the top fringes for migrants found it the same as yesterdays Slaughter Gap, quiet.
Apologies to grapeviners that got this mornings text twice but a poor signal at Fly Flatts sometimes stops sending part way through then when you press re try it starts over again.

Vis Mig
3 Buzzard...............................>S
28 Wheatear..........................blogging
32 Swallows..........................>S
2 Swift...................................>S
15 Meadow Pipit...................>SW
9 Meadow Pipit.....................blogging
Linnet..............................sev large flocks between Mixenden and Fly Flatts.
BS