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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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Back on reservoir watch, Fly Flatts

                                   Lively with Oystercatchers, 4 present.




                                         8 Herring gulls




        This is what the gulls were hanging around for.

                      2 of 5 Redshank

                                      Dark clouds roll in.

                                       Barnacle above the reservoir
                                       Then there were 2

With a busy weekend coming up for Fly Flatts with the Sailing Club open day I thought Id better get up there with a good supply of Nyjer seed .
                                                                 1530 hrs and a greeting to Fly Flatts with dark black clouds, strong WSW>5 and heavy showers. This did,nt deter the birds with a good supply of waders along the west banking where they seemed happy on the cobbles although not through choice as already the shoreline in the SE corner is almost gone and will be non existent after another day of rainfall.
                                                   A group of 8 Herring gulls were at the far end of the west bank keeping their eye on Canada goslings hoping that one would split from the pack but the adult geese kept them tightly between them. Redshank were mobile and noisy with 5 present along with a good count of Common Sandpipers. Just 1 Dunlin today which flew across the water to the east banking.
                                                    Plenty Meadow Pipits , some carrying food but once again, strangely, no Skylarks.
A drive along the top road found 2 Barnacle geese in with Canadas in fields above the Sailing club whilst the Nolstar field was empty.

9 Common Sandpiper
4 Oystercatchers
1 Dunlin
5 Redshank
8 Herring gull
2 House Martin
sev Swallow
2 Barnacle geese
2 Snipe
+ usual sp.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Besters.....Canadas, now Greylags, Barnies next - that would be a surprise(??)