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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.
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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.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Swifts are back. Fly Flatts.

      Wheatear numbers down now

                                  Swifts moving through >N






               Looking >S from the ponds.

With waders on the move and the 6 Dunlin flying around yesterday I thought I d better get back to Fly Flatts at 1530 hrs to check out the northern end and ponds.
                                                     Dark clouds and lightly damping as I arrived but as I got out of the car the wind felt to have dropped. That was until I got out of the lee of the Nab where once again that icy cold easterly blew but slightly less than yesterday blowing E>5.
                                                   The water was quiet after an afternoon of sailing boats but the moor around the ponds was active with several noisy Lapwings up creating at my presence . 3 Redshank were along the east shore along with 4 Common Sandpipers an a single Oystercatcher. Scanning the ponds failed to produce Dunlin until 2 flew fast and low disappearing below the banking remaining out of sight.
Wheatear numbers are well down now with just 5 seen and no Greenlands or Whinchat.
                                                                    Swifts were motoring through >N very fast, some up through the wind turbines and some skimming the water but all heading out under the lee of the Nab. I counted at least 18 but some will undoubtedly have been missed coming through below the sky line. With winds forecast to drop overnight tomorrow could see a good push of this species.
 The Nolstar field was deserted this evening.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Please to get some Swfts back on the move Bri. Nice to be getting a few waders along with a bit of shoreline for them.