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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Leeshaw/Fly Flatts, and how it rained !

 The bird in the centre, not the flying one,
looked good for Whinchat but beyond
bins vision and too wet for scope so
took a couple of zoomed in shots and
lo and behold it is a Whinchat.

                5 Wheatear at distance , Fly Flatts.


Leeshaw 0730-0900 hrs.  Clear but windy start then torrential rain by 0845 hrs.

Just 2 birds on the water  as I arrived, one being the Yellow Legged Herring gull and the other a Cormorant which swallowed a massive Trout whole.
78 Canadas were in the field along with 2 Greylag whilst a few LBB gulls flew overhead.
Lots of passerines feeding on the weed and thistle tops, mainly Linnets, Goldfinch and Meadow Pipits but 1 bird stood out as being Whinchat looking but too far away on the banking to i.d. it through the bins. Took some shots on full zoom then went to the car to get the scope out but thats when the heavens opened so end of play. When I put the shots on the computer I was pleased to see my first Whinchat of the year.
A very wet drive over to Fly Flatts where the torrential rain never ceased but managed to check the water which was void of birds and picked up 5 Wheatears at distance on the wall tops.
Nice to meet BV at Leeshaw.
BS

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