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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fly Flatts / Cold Edge Dams

               The Nab above blue water
 This one legged Common Sandpiper returns each year
   Providing its the same bird.
                                       Water full to overflowing now

                                                  Pheasant family
                                                                   Cold Edge Dams

0630-0945 hrs  Strong WNW>5-6.  30% cloud cover increasing to 60%.

Fly Flatts
               The water is full to overflowing now with all shoreline gone and the Common Sandpipers have had to move to higher ground around the track. Luckily breeding is at an end as far as I can see and the juv birds are all mobile though not yet flying.
Dunlin are still visiting their nest sites on the moor but I should think the young are also mobile by now. The water was very rough with all the Canadas and Greylags up on the east banking sheltering from the wind in the long grass.
                                               The only sky movement was a steady flow of Lesser Black Backed gulls heading >SW down the Calder valley and Black Headed gulls moving >NW along with good numbers of Swifts in the same direction into the wind. Every BHG was checked for Terns sneaking through but nothing as yet.

On then to Cold Edge Dams which has been a good venue for me in the past for moving Terns but , as with Fly Flatts, the skies were quiet with just a few LBBs through, again >SW.
                                                           Two Little Grebe were on the mill dam whilst the ajoining goose field has long grass so remained empty. All the Canadas were up on Leadbeater Dam under the west banking out of the wind whilst the only other birds of note were a single Oystercatcher and a pair of Tufted, the drake now going into eclipse.
BS
                                                       

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