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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fly Flatts and Visible Migration.

                       The 2 resident Barnacles
                                        3 Distant Wheatears present



  Dispersion. 5 Willow Warblers in the solitary tree .





                                         Curlews again on the move

0700 - 0945 hrs  Fly Flatts.  100 % cloud cover. Foggy start then lifting to leave the area just below the cloud base. Light WSW>4.
                                                  A quiet start in the fog but soon lifted enough to do the job.
Nothing on the water other than the usual 2 Barnacles and about 30 Canadas whilst just 1 Common Sandpiper was showing on the shoreline.
Curlews were again on the move with 7 through, one of which landed briefly on the moor edge whilst 1 Cormorant went over very high.
                                                 Just 3 Wheatear present along with plenty Mipits on the moor and big gulls moved over >W  and >NW. A nice surprise to find 5 Willow Warblers in the solitary tree by the water although I have had them there previous years during early migration.

Present
2 Barnacle Geese
c30 Canadea
1 Greylag
1f Kestrel
Sev Mipits

Vis Mig
7 Curlew.........................>NW
5 Willow Warblers.........> blogging
3 Wheatear.....................>blogging
1 Common Sandpiper....>blogging
14 LBB gull...................>NW
2 Herring gull................>W
1 Swift...........................>N
sev Swallows................>N
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

That solitary tree must be a welcome sight for migrants especially if there is a raptor about or for a bit of shelter.

Brian Sumner . said...

Its a welcome sight for me too Dave. It picks up allsorts . It was strange to watch the Warbs dropping into the heather to feed and as you say, its the only safe landing point.
HC and me were once on the west banking and a Willow Warb came off the moor and landed for a few minutes on Howards tripod. We both stood there gobsmacked.