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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Quiz night. Fly Flatts

                One for the bug experts
                                                           3" long
  Fly Flatts didnt look like this early morning
                                      Plenty scraggy Wheatears coming in.


                                    Looks like down to 4 Common Sandpipers now


                           Going for Hobby with this but with
     Red Footed Falcon about who knows.
   Mega distance, around 3 mile and in sun towards Walshaw Dean

   Mega fast flyer and rising very high.





Fly Flatts 1500  - 1700 hrs In contrast to this mornings visit the sky was blue and the sun shining with a W>4. Around 30 % cloud cover. Still good numbers of Swifts around which may have aroused the above Hobby which appeared coming up the Calder valley from the south and continued >WNW towards Walshaw Dean. The bird was a good 3 miles away and right in the sun but a quick scan with bins revealed the face mask and rufousy underside although heavily silhouetted.
                                                           A walk the full length of the water from SE corner to NW corner revealed :-

4 Common Sandpiper
1 Hobby
9 Wheatear
1 Golden Plover
+ usual sp.
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