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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fly Flatts

           1st May and still snow and frozen puddles

        Good fall of Wheatears, count of 19


   Mainly females but not as photogenic
                                     as males
                       At least 9 Common Sandpipers
                                  Plenty Meadow Pipits
                Lapwings holding territory
        6 Golden Plover at Nolstar Kennels



Fly Flatts  0700-0930 hrs
May day and still lying snow and frozen puddles with an icy WSW >6 dropping >4 mid watch.
First thing of note was a fall of Wheatear which were mainly females but very flighty and timid whereas the males were a bit more trusting. A count of 19 along the south and west shore and banking with probably several more on the north end.
9 Common Sandpipers were spaced along the west shoreline keeping out of the wind whilst one Oystercatcher was moving around the east shore.
2 Dunlin were up and down the east shore whilst a noisy distant Raven flew over the Bumps.
Got 2 good bags of Nyjer down at the feeding station.

Nolstar kennels field held 6 Goldies but no sign of the Dunlin or Wheatear.

Fly Flatts
19 Wheatear
9 Common Sandpiper
2 LBB gulls
2 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher
2 Dunlin
1 Raven
+ usual sp.
Nolstar Kennels
6 Golden Plover
BS

5 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Glad you got some nyger down Bri. Mine would have got washed or blow away last week. ! Will get some more down this week.

Brian sumner said...

Nice one Dave ta.

OH said...

Hi Brian, I took a walk up to Fly Flatts this afternoon (yes, it was that bleak!) inspired by all your reports and pics. I walked up from Ogden and got as far as the boat house and then realised I didn't know if there was a route around the reservoir, another route down, or if it was ok to go 'off piste'! I didn't even recognise anything from your usual pictures of the feeding station, so hung around for a bit watching Curlew (I think), before making my way back down. Is there a different route to or around you would recommend?

Brian Sumner . said...

Entrance now has been stopped at the top gate for the track to the boathouse end although very few people seem to take any notice. Officially you have to go in at the opposite end of the reservoir, Oxenhope end and walk down to the water that way although at the moment it is ankle deep in mud. You will see the feeding station from the NW corner at that end but again a sign says no access along the banking.

OH said...

Thanks! I'll have to explore a bit further/be a bit more brazen next time!