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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.
BS

8 comments:

heavy birder said...

Difficult one this Brian but I am pretty sure its a juvenile Peregrine the wings look far too broad for Hobby or Red Foot and the body looks very sturdy. Pass it on to Mick C and see what he thinks.

Mick Cunningham said...

Hi Nick

Co-incidentally, I'd already PM Brian saying the same. Brian will no doubt reply. I always check Brian's blog. Admire his sheer bloody-mindedness in sticking out birding on the moors. Reminds me of living in Holmfirth. I've not seen a mipit since moving down here and apart from kites and buzzards bops are decidedely scarce - apart from hobbies as it happens.

Brian sumner said...

Thanks both for watching the blog and taking the interest to comment on the raptor. Its always good to get a backup. Both your replies were exactly the same so i can t argue with that. The thing that veered me away from Pere was the size looking much smaller than the usual brown Pere round here although that could be down to distance and the flight pattern looked wrong flying very Swift like. Must admit I thought it strange as Hobbies are near non existant in this area.
Moorland and reservoirs are a birding paradise to me Mick although tough going in the elements as im sure Nick will agree. Thanks again for taking the trouble. Your support is always appreciated

Muxy said...

Is Merlin a possibility?

David Sutcliffe said...

Maybe Oak/Northern Egger caterpillar ? Andy will know !

AndyC said...

Yes , Dave is pretty good these days on all things local, Northern Eggar and agree with perry. The white face sticks out but thick set and wings are too broad for hobby...even at 3 miles....................

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks Dave, Andy. At least it activated a bit of group activity.

Merlin much smaller and slicker Muxy.

David Sutcliffe said...

Hobby is still a possibility up there yet. Usually shooting across the moor at a pace. Well done for getting some shots Bri.