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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fly Flatts. Mixenden res.

                                    Early doors at Fly Flatts
                  Plenty Canadas back
              Curlews getting established on the moors
                No waders back at the ponds yet

                                                  The Nab

Fly Flatts  0730-1000 hrs.
A bright sunny start to the morning with clear blue skies which were soon extinguished with grey cloud and light rain by 0930 hrs.
The moors were alive with the upland sounds of Curlew, Red Grouse, Golden Plover and Canada geese with all these species now established on the moor.
                                                           Within the next week or so the first Wheatears will start to appear closely followed by Common Sandpiper. I checked the old feeding station with hopes of Twite but not to be but got some Nyjer down just to be optimistic.
I have,nt been down to the reservoir for some time with the scare of cars getting trashed even early morning but thought I,d better start risking it again. As Gordon Denison once said to me " If you park along the road so your car is in view from the water at least you get the pleasure of seeing it burn if they set it on fire".

7 Curlew
4 Lapwing
2 Golden Plover
86 Canada geese + several on moor
3  pr Mallard
2 Raven fly overs high above the Nab

Mixenden Reservoir

25 Canadas
1f Goldeneye
1f Goosander
1 Cormorant.....unusual for this site
usual small gulls.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Well done Bri - no dampened spirits this morning then.
Nick had a report of a small flock of Twite there in the last week or so from Kevin L (but not sure of the exact spot - yet )

Brian Sumner . said...

Plenty Mipit flocks but no Twite around the feeding station area