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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Monday visit to Fly Flatts.

                      Peregrine at Mega distance way across the moor
                     on a shooting stand
    Hope it doesnt hang around there next month when the
                                            sad men appear.


                                      1 of 4 Common Sandpipers
    The scruffy juv I took a few weeks ago has made a
                                        handsome bird.
                Male Wheatear shedding its coat.
 One for the gardeners. We bought this plant amongst
 others at a garden centre late spring to put in pots.
Its now a large, flowerless plant but the question is, what is it.


Fly Flatts p.m. visit with 75% cloud cover with some sunshine and a bracing NE > 5.
                                                                           Plenty disturbance as I arrived with the fire brigade just packing the dingys up from training on the water no needless to say, quiet shoreline and water.
By the time I,d walked the length of the reservoir and back the dust had settled and things were getting back to normal.
No Kestrel present today so plenty Meadow Pipits about but only 2 Wheatear along the west banking
whilst a male Reed Bunting flew over low.
                                                                  What looked like a juv Peregrine was perched on a shooting butt way over the moor but scope was back at the car. Five Common Sandpiper are present including the juv that I,ve watched over the weeks grow into a fine bird whilst a single Oystercatcher was on the launch ramp.
Several Black Headed gulls were arriving from the east and later seen high over the fields at Mount Tabor.
A few quiet visits the last few days but we,re now into the last week of July so a biggy must be just around the corner.
BS