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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Buzzing at Fly Flatts

                                         Golden Plover
                       Distant skies alive with Goldies


                                       Barnacle on the water
                                 Greylag
                                  Greylag, Canadas and Barnacle
                           1 of 2 Oystercatcher

         Snipe drumming. note drumming tail feathers.



                Plenty established Curlew
 One for the ladies, new life at Fly Flatts
  Just when tou thought they,d all gone
  Distant skein of Pink Footed Geese


             1 of 2 Goldies in the kennel field.

A bright clear sunny morning at Fly Flatts with a cold E>4 and the skies were buzzing.
On arrival the Golden Plovers were in the air with 200+ giving an amazing aerobatic display before they dropped back onto the moor not to be seen again other than 2 in the usual kennel field.
                                                  Lapwing and Curlew were everywhere as well as 9 Snipe up drumming along with an unusually high number of singing Skylarks for this area.
The water held the usual Canadas and Mallards along with 2 Greylag and 1 Barnacle, the latter presumably from Cold Edge.
Wheatears are still struggling to arrive as yet with none down by the water or feeding station and just 2 seen down by the farm along with a male Stonechat.
                                                                         Sky watching from Slade for an expected last push of Whoopers produced a massive skein of Pink Footed Geese way out over Stoodley Pike heading >NW, a species I least expected to see this morning thinking they had all gone .

200+ Golden Plover + 2 in kennel field
Skein of Pink Footed Geese Est c300
9 Snipe
16 Curlew
2 Oystercatchers
2 Greylag
1 Barnacle
1m Stonechat
+ usual Lapwings, Canadas. Meadow Pipits etc.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

A good haul this morning then Bri. Those 'pinks' are quite late but that's a very good record. Glad the GP's are increasing up there.

Brian sumner said...

Still some pinks and brents left on the east coast