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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kestrel Bonanza. Fly Flatts.

             5 out of 8 Kestrels up together
              Alive with Wheatear, count of 14.








                                   Single Curlew through >W

Fly Flatts 0700-0930 hrs Blue skies and sunshine (yuk) W>5 decreasing W>3.
                                                    Amazing sight to find 8 Kestrel up together along the west bank and dropping onto the track and banking. Theres obviously something to attract them along there. Try as I might 5 were the most I could get in a frame together as whilst some were in the air others were dropping on the bank. Other than these 8 there were 3 over the Nab and 4 over the Ned Hill track on my way here. Not oft you go out and get 15 Kestrels in short of 3 hours.
                                                        Despite all the raptor activity the area was alive with Wheatear giving a count of 14 just at the bottom end of the reservoir and all mostly through the moult now and sporting their autumn plumage. No sign of any Greenlands today.
                                                         Vis mig wise Swallows piled through >W throughout as well as 4 Swift and a single Kestrel.

Present
11 Kestrel
c40 Canadas
2 Snipe
1 Reed Bunting

Vis Mig
c150 Swallow...........................>W
4 Swift.....................................>W
1 Curlew..................................>W
sev Mipits...............................blogging
14 Wheatear............................blogging
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