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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A 2nd visit to Fly Flatts provides a bonus

                      Star prize, male Whinchat.


                Together with Wheatear



                       Greenland sp.



1600 hrs and back to Fly Flatts with a strong E>6 and dull cloudy skies. With the increase in wind strength I had hoped for a Tern coming through but that never happened.
The water was as rough as the North sea with white horses and waves splashing up the west banking.
These conditions seemed to suit the hardy lads out in the sailing boats who did,nt seem to mind a dunking in the ice water, braver men than me, and amazing to see the speed these boats get up to in windy conditions. It was good to meet and put a face to membership secretary Robin Boardman when he got back on dry land. Robin and his gang are going to let me know if anything  untoward turns up in the area.
                  With nothing moving in the skies and the disturbance on the water I concentrated down below the west banking near the stream which turned out to be a good move with wall to wall Wheatear totalling at least 24 and scanning what I thought was another Wheatear on a distant post I picked out a broad white eyestripe and found it to be a cracking male Whinchat.
Just 2 Meadow Pipits on the Nyjer seed so far.
BS
               

4 comments:

Howard Creber said...

Fantastic Whinchat Fog.

Brian Sumner . said...

Cheers Comp, a bit of a rare species round the area now. Just waiting for the Black Terns to come through now, your mate Gordon at Skipton has promised me some.

Mick Cunningham said...

Yep - nice Whinchat Brian: at least 1 m and 1f wheatears look good for Greenland to me.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Mick, the one on the pipe especially stood out.