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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fieldfare Bonanza and a Teal for Raggalds Flood.

           Distant shots but the flood well back to life
                          Keep the rain coming, never mind the heatwave.
                                   Welcome visitor, female Teal
             Was,nt easy to pick out in this lot,
                 especially in the heavy drizzle
                         Surrounded by Mallard
   Spent most time preening

              Escorted by Mallards
                                    The dot in the centre.

From first light this morning Fieldfares were piling over Foxhill very low, fast and >S until 0745 hrs when the rains came stopping any movement , or that I could see anyway.
By early afternoon the rain stopped and the sky cleared producing flocks of Fieldfare, some with Redwing in amongst, but this time >SW and the real migrating movers, very high and leisurely increasing and continuing until last light. Two flocks of 100+ came over as well as several 20 and 30 + with one last light flock on a broad front stretching as far as I could see in both directions over the garage. This group must have held as many as 300 birds.
By the time darkness fell I estimated seeing around 800 Fieldfare and 100 Redwing, good job we were quiet at work this afternoon.
Inspired by Bradshaw Johns report yesterday of water in the Raggalds Flood I thought it was worth a dinner time dash to check out the situation.
26 Mallard were present and a careful scan, looking through the drizzle,  picked out a female Teal which was a real live wire, darting about the water and splashing under out of site.
15 Lapwing were on the shoreline.
Birders from further afield watching my blog will think, whats so good about a Teal, but believe me, if you bird this area a Teal on the Raggalds Flood is a mega.
Kept in contact with HC at Oxenhope today who was getting the same as me, I was probably getting the birds that had passed him. Thanks for reports Comp.
BS

4 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

A good spot Bri. well done with the Teal,and a good pic given the weather.Did you take it from the roadside or have you got yourself a better vantage point?

John

Brian Sumner . said...

Just from the roadside, no access any nearer, could do with a hide in the field. Maiden voyage of a 150-600mm lens I,m trying out.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Done well today then Bri...No thrushes seen coming in-off the sea at Holy Island today but loads of Blackbirds in overnight - they were all over the place! Might get some of these in W Y in the next day or so maybe ?

Brian Sumner . said...

Back to reality for you soon Dave, bring something back.