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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back ,but not with a bang

                    This was the fly situation at Jammy Fold

              1 of 5 moulting Robins below Ned Hill track
     3 Wheatear in the same area, very distant

                 50 + Swallows on wires, Syke Lane

No birding or blog yesterday due to me volunteering to take daughter Rachel to Calderdale hospital for a post baby check, bad move. We arrived for appointment at 1700 hours and arrived home at 2300 hours after two 15 minutes examinations and over five hours waiting in between to see the doctor.

Just over 1 hours birding today, mainly on a migrant search, was very hard work, only managing to scrat a handful of birds together at 3 locations.

Jammy Fold provided a Spotted Flycatcher briefly in the same place as last years 2 but the bird disappeared into a garden not to be re located. Also present were 6 Blackbirds, 2 Robins, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warblers.

Ned Hill track held, 1 Whitethroat, 5 very tatty Robins along with 3 Wheatear way down below the track whilst a Swift and several Swallows headed >SW through the col.

Ogden was heaving with public even at 1900 hrs, mainly undesirables, so a quick check of the water for Scoter and the skies for Osprey and that was it with just the usual sp.

Around 50 Swallows were on wires along Syke Lane which coincides with a good vis mig of them over the last 2 days with a steady flow throughout the day all >SW.
Hopefully this hot sticky weather will do the same as the Swallows and move off >SW so we can get back to normal.
BS