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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Swallows and Wheatears in the snow. Fly Flatts

  Unusual visitors for Fly Flatts
  3m 1f Goosander at distance
                                   1 of 4 Wheatear
                                       Redshank high and >N
                        Mist in the valleys... Bradford
                                         Listers Mill
                                           Calder Valley
                                         Wainhouse Tower



                        A snowy Fly Flatts
                                            Calm waters
                               Snowed out feeding station

                                     Bit cold for these two.

Fly Flatts 0630-1000 hrs
Some amazing views this morning with fog in the valleys and a keen frost with snow on the hills after last nights blizzard.
A decent mornings birding and nice variety of birds but hard work with everything distance and to scan for hence the lack of bird pics.
My first Swallow flew across the front of the car at Withins Gap and later on a wave of 15 came low over the water >N. Seemed strange to have Swallows as well as 4 Wheatear in the snow.
Snipe were about in force whilst raptor wise over the moor were 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and a SEO.
4 Goosander were unusual but knowing this timid species when up on the highlands  I took a distant shot on the way down to the water and sure enough as I got near the boathouse they up and left >N.

16 Swallow
3 Snipe
4 Goosander
4 Wheatear
1 Peregrine
1 Buzzard
1SEO
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrel
3 local Redshank, 1 mover >N
1pr Tufted
sev Lapwing and Curlew
+ usual sp.
BS



1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Come on you Twite.....