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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Here comes the young uns, Fly Flatts Wheatears

               This Common Sandpiper is flying and about
                         ready to leave.

            A count of over 300 Canadas

  The 2 resident Barnacles
               Juv Wheatears moving in











Fly Flatts, 1530 hrs. 60 % cloud cover , sunshine and a W>4

Most of the Common Sandpipers have now left the area with 1 pair and a juv left as far as I can see and the juv looks almost ready for leaving, flying as good as its parents.
The Canada goose count has reached just over 300 hundred along with 2 Barnacle and 18 Greylag.
                                                   The earlier in the week NE winds has brought a wave of Wheatear in with at least 10 counted, mainly juvs but at least 2 adults in autumn plumage. Most of these birds were found down by the feeding station as I was putting yet more Nyjer down. £40 of seed down and not a Twite in sight as yet but the seed keeps going so something is eating it and I can,t blame Canadas or Sheep this time with no droppings.
                                                  Several of the Wheatear were on the moor to the west on the cluster of rocks but all very mobile like the juvs usually are, its the later adult birds which are more confiding.
Two Kestrels were up over the ridge but no gulls in sight and not a beep of a Curlew.
                                                       Much more shoreline now with the water level dropping so some hope for the passage waders in the coming weeks.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Love the juv Wheatears.