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BREEDING SEASON EXCLUSIONS.

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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fly Flatts , late p.m.

  Blue water below the Nab
             White horses across the water
 These 2 came past low and noisy but in the
    sun so no detail, Gary will know what they are.
 They asked for directions to North Korea so
 I told them to turn left at Cold Edge Dams.
           Still plenty Common Sandpipers around

1630 hrs and a late start visit to Fly Flatts to get some more seed down.  The blustery
NNE> 6 gusting 7 made it difficult standing on the west bank but it was well sheltered down by the feeding station where the male Whinchat made an all too quick appearance before it dropped down into the heather not to re appear even after 15 minutes wait.
Two Mipits and a Wheatear were on the seed but strangely no Skylark sighting at this location this year.
The fall of Wheatears have dispersed with only 5 showing and no sign of the Greenlands whilst several Common Sandpipers are still present despite the lack of shoreline.
                                                           No Terns through as yet but we need some nasty drizzly stuff to get those coming through low enough to see.
                                                                   A stop off at Nolstar on the way back produced nothing but Angela and Gary located the Goldie flock there earlier in the day. Well done to those two for giving it a go in blustery, cold conditions.
                                                A text from a reliable source this morning reported 2 Swifts over Ogden and the Mute Swans gone.
NK and myself have no records of Mute Swan ever being seen at this location and even checking back to the 1800s in records inc HSS nothing was found, unless you know different.
BS

3 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

I have had Mute Swan there - used to be by the feeding area for a while but the date might take some finding !!! I can't even guess at the year.....

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks Gary, the planes are Tornado GR4s.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks Dave, seems strange why they never stick at this site.