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As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
Any of the above species that are obviously on passage through the area will be reported as normal.
This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fly Flatts Reservoir. pm visit

                 1 of 9 Common Sandpipers




                         female Pied Wagtail
               Common Sandpiper posing
  Stoodley Pike with a hang glider attack in the mist
                      Stonking male Wheatear




                                       more Common Sands




Fly Flatts  1630-1730 hrs. Good visibility, grey cloud cover W>4.
 With Whimbrel movement beginning its spring peak and a single bird recorded by AC this morning I thought if any were down Fly Flatts would be a good bet . Although there were several Curlews on the east banking a good check with the scope failed to provide any Whimbrel.
                                                   Walking from the south shore along the west bank as far as the feeding station brought a count of 9 Common Sandpiper, 3 distant Redshank ,towards the north end ,and 2 Oystercatchers. The embankment held 7 Wheatear whilst on the water were 4 LBB gulls and 1 ad Herring ,again at the north end.
                                                      The beach near the club house is at present the favourite area for the Common Sand with a shortage of shore line although the water level has dropped recently. A pair of Reed Buntings were in the previous Gropper area.
I have now resumed putting Nyger seed at the round tower feeding station in a hope to attract post breeding or juv Twite back to the area over the summer.

1f Pied Wagtail
1 ad Herring gull
4 Lesser Black Backed gull
1pr Reed Bunting
9 Common Sandpiper
3 Redshank
2 Oystercatcher
7 Wheatear
5 Curlew
+ usual sp.
BS


2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Love the shot of 'the poser' Bri.
We called at Nolstar on the way back from the crags - 2 Oyc's in the GP field was unusual (no GP's though). 4 Wheatears at Withens Head.
Well done for giving the Twite another go as well.

Brian Sumner . said...

Just a few Mipits and a Wheatear in the Nolstar field Dave.
This has got to be a Twite year, says he hopefully.