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Saturday, March 18, 2017

p.m. Fly Flatts, Cold Edge, Mixenden and Ogden.

                                                          A bleak Fly Flatts south
                                                northern end.
                                Curlews established on the moor now








                                          Not so many Red Grouse around.
                                        All pics SLR.

1500 hrs and a windy, wet Fly Flatts although conditions not as severe as yesterday.
A strong WSW>5-6 was blowing driving drizzle across the moor making viewing difficult but enough visibility to check the water with no signs of yesterdays Kittiwake. Herring gulls and a few Common gulls moved through whilst 2 Oystercatchers were down by the banking along with several Curlew. Before I got chance to check out DJSs Golden Plover flock from this morning a massive cloud of fog appeared from nowhere putting a stop to the job.
                                                                     Down to Mixenden to check through the gulls which turned out to be non existent with not a gull in sight and just 2 drake Mallard on the water.
On then to Ogden in heavy drizzle and low scud clouds with a hope of Whooper after a report from MC finding Whoopers on both Lower Barden and Chelker reservoirs but unfortunately none for this area. The Goosanders were still lessening the frog population whilst the 2 drake Tufted were enjoying the easy life of taking bread alongside the Mallards.
Back to base but not to be deterred as tomorrow is another day.
Again well done to DJS for following up his Kittiwake sighting by checking out Fly Flatts early this morning in grim conditions. That man deserves a dedication to duty award.

Fly Flatts
19 Herring gull >SW
8 Common gull >W
4 Curlew
sev Lapwing
3 Red Grouse
2 Oystercatchers
usual Mallards and Canadas

Cold Edge Dams Scoped from top only.
2 m Goldeneye

Mixenden
2 drake Mallard

Ogden
11 Goosander
2m Tufted
8 Canadas
2 LBB gulls.
BS


                                                       

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