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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fly Flatts, Who pinched the shoreline ?

           Common Sandpiper wondering where the beach has gone
                                      Wall to wall Swifts.

  More Common Sands but you ll miss them when they re gone

                                    Armada of Canadas, 283 on the water
                               Two Barnacles

                                  Looking North to the Nab
              Along the South track
                                               East banking to the boathouse
             SE corner shore almost gone
                                                        West across the water
                                                          Grey skies clearing.

A pleasant 2 hours at Fly Flatts, 1500-1700 hrs with 100 % grey cloud cover  clearing slightly towards the end of the watch with a light W>3-4 and dry.
                                                           As expected most of the shoreline has gone but still enough rocky edges to keep the Dunlin and Common Sandpipers happy though not enough to tempt waders down now. Nothing of great interest doing but nice to be out without getting a soaking and chance to play about and experiment with the camera a bit working out quick ways to alter exposure without getting Blinkies.
                          Swifts were filling the skies with a continuous flow moving through slowly North on a broad front feeding over the water and across the moor as far as you could see whilst wader wise 15 Common Sandpiper were counted between the SE and NW corner. along with 2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin and 2 Oystercatchers. Curlews are noticeable by their absence now with only 2 showing briefly whilst 15 Lapwing were on the west banking.
                                                                    A count of  286 Canadas were on the water ,with probably more in the long grass on the east bank, with 12 Greylag and 2 Barnacle also present but no duck species at all. As usual with this location no gulls were present with just a couple of  LBB fly overs.
BS

4 comments:

Howard Creber said...

Not often you see such greenery around Fly.

Brian Sumner . said...

Like Paradise Island Comp.

AndyC said...

Nice Swift pics ,,,

Brian sumner said...

You didnt see the 30 plus deleted ones Andy.