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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fly Flatts

After an afternoon of slaving in a hot garden the dogs needed a walk somewhere cool and breezy as well as me, I hate this hot stuff, so where better than Fly Flatts.
Even up on the tops in a stiff breeze the air was warm and uncomfortable which is unusual for Fly Flatts. It was 1700 hrs and the road was busy with commuter traffic so it seemed safe to leave the car briefly at the Oxenhope end and walk down to the northern ponds.
A scan of the water produced nothing other than the Canadas which were mostly on dry land in the boathouse car park so still no Barnacle.
Otherwise it was absolutely bird less with empty skies and nothing on the ponds or moor.
                                                                                It livened up slightly at Withens Gap with several Meadow Pipits, some still carrying food, and a single Wheatear made a brief appearance before it dropped below the wall. All the breeding Curlew seem to have left the fields by Hunter Hill.
                                                    The area surrounding Hunter Hill must have the strangest place names in West Yorkshire with places like ;-

Slaughter Gap
Sleepy Lowe Flat
Fill Belly Flat
Too To Hill
Knoll Hill
Hole Bottom
Solomons Temple
Noahs Ark
To name but a few, and I thought Queensbury had some odd names.

Anyway, that was the extent of my birding for today, I was going on to Cold Edge but the power boats were in action so that was a no no.
Being selfish I hope this weathers breaks for tomorrow and we can get back to normal.
BS

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