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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Raptors and Ravens. Fly Flatts

                                        4 out of 5 Kestrels


       Not easy getting 5 in a frame, the bottom 2 dots were
                                                further back.

             Distant 1 remaining Common Sandpiper
                                         4 Raven present












  7 Wheatear across on the SW rocks away from the Kestrels


1515 hrs Fly Flatts . The weather was far too warm and far too bright making photographs a nightmare especially sky shots , the brightness of the sky filling the camera with blinkies.
A WNW >4 was blowing.
                                        Birdwise things were buzzing with first picking up 5 Kestrels up together working the west bank hovering low and dropping onto the banking though always keeping a distance from me as I walked towards them. When they got to the NW corner they flew around me across the moor and started again at the south end of the reservoir. Ive put these birds as being present although I believe them to be movers as there has only been 2 Kestrels up there for a while now, the third being shot.
                         A single Common Sandpiper was way across on the north bank whilst 7 Wheatears had moved across to the SW rocks well out of the way of the threatening Kestrels.
A Peregrine flew along the north ridge of the moor before dropping down to the Hebden Bridge side and shortly after a female Merlin tried its luck at Hirundines way over the moor but looked to fail.
                                                    Walking back along the west bank a familiar cronking was picked up and after a few minutes gazing into the bright sky 2 Raven were seen closely followed by another 2 so all in all a decent afternoons birding.

Present
4 Raven
5 Kestrel
1 Peregrine
1 Merlin

Vis Mig
1 Common Sandpiper..................blogging
7 Wheatear...................................blogging
Several Mipits.............................blogging
Swallows. steady flow all the watch.....>W
8 House Martins......................................>W
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