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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fly Flatts/Mixenden reservoir

                           Herring gulls moving through.





With no birding this morning and a bit more time this afternoon I headed for Fly Flatts at 1400 hrs.
By the time I got beyond Cold Edge Road the drizzle was coming down heavy and scud clouds were drifting over the moor on a strong W>5.
Fly Flatts was grim with the horizontal drizzle blasting straight across the water whilst several wind surfers were in action clearing the reservoir of any bird life.
Canada Goose numbers are building with 28 counted as well as a pair of Mallard and the only other birds seen were 21 Herring gulls moving over >NW.
                                                           After 15 minutes birding the fog closed in so it was up stumps and head for Mixenden reservoir.
Conditions at Mixy were much better sheltered from the wind, and the drizzle almost stopped, the only problem here was scramble bikes ploughing around the plantation.
No Goldeneyes today with one drake Mallard and 25 Canada geese being the only contenders along with around 50 small gulls. A couple of Glodcrest were in the waterside trees, otherwise all quite.
                                                                 Just the one exciting moment when a commotion was heard over the NW corner of the plantation and looking up I just managed to see a Buzzard getting mobbed with a BH gull  and 2 Crows before they disappeared out of sight over the tree tops towards Hunter Hill.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Good to get Herring Gulls Bri and always good for a buzzard.