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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.