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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Wildfowl on the move Fly Flatts,(permit only)

 

                          13 welcome visitors, Wigeon.
                                  Off in the drizzly skies >NW





                                                     8 Greylag was unusual.

  • As I was driving from Queensbury I could see the mist and clag to the east so I knew it would,nt be long before it hit Fly Flatts with an E>5 blowing at 9 degrees. Visibility was reasonable with light drizzle but by 0930 hrs the low cloud base had arrived with heavy drizzle showers. Visibility was kept across the water but patchy above. Late afternoon was sunny and clear.
  •                                                                 On arrival I could make out several ducks across near the far NW corner which looked wrong for Mallard and suspected Wigeon. A quick dash on the west bank got me within viewing distance to find 13 Wigeon along with 8 Greylag geese.
  •                                                             The Wigeon were very fidgety and obviously ready for moving so just time to get the tripod up and a few distant shots on the water before they were up and away >NW after flying a circuit of the water.
  • The Greylags settled down on the north shore along with a few Canadas. All sky movement was before 0930 hrs before the cloud base dropped whilst 3 Stonechat were present throughout by the track.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 13 Wigeon on water then >NW
  • 13 LBB gull >NW
  • 101 Mipit...>S
  • 12 Swallow..>S
  • 4 Buzzard...>S   p.m.
  • PRESENT
  • 8 Greylag
  • 3 Stonechat
  • + usual sp.
  • BS 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The strong north easterly, Fly Flatts, (permit only)

 

                                       Stonechats ground hopping through.

  • A cool clear morning but thwarted by the strong NE>5 gusting 6 which had increased to NE>6 gusting 7 by late afternoon . Cloudy in the morning with full sun p.m. with an early morning temperature of 10 degrees.
  •                                            Nothing special of note today and no big counts but once again a busy morning and a good variety of birds. Stonechats were moving through which has been a rare species at this site all year where there are usually good numbers.
  •                                            LBB gulls were active but no continuation of the wildfowl move though wind surfers were on the water enjoying the strong winds. Only 4 Swallows today ,again in the afternoon, and these came over very high.
  •                                          Dave Barker,(DCB) rang me this morning to alert me of 2 Red Kite passing the wind turbines but they were just over the east ridge so out of sight to me.
  • Congratulations on your retirement Dave, you,ve worked long and hard for it, enjoy every minute of it, which I,m sure you will with your outdoor interests. I,ve now made you an official member of the veteran club so I look forward to seeing you in the veterans hut where HC is the present chairman.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 31 LBB.............>NW
  • 5 Stonechat.......>S  ground hopping
  • 31 Mipits..........>S
  • 4 Alba Wagtail..>SE
  • 1 Grey Wagtail..>S
  • 17 Linnet..........>W
  • 2 Reed Bunting.>SW
  • 2 Herring gull...>NE
  • 4 Swallows......>S
  • PRESENT
  • 16 LBB gull
  • 13 Canadas
  • 1 Greylag
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 4 Raven 
  • BS


Friday, September 18, 2020

A wader at last, Green Sandpiper, Fly Flatts,(permit only)

 

                                              7 Pied Wagtails present ,all yarrellii






                                   Length of the reservoir shots of Green Sandpiper.


                                  Record shots but easily identifiable bird. 

  • Still the cold E>4 blowing this morning but good visibility other than the glare of the sun on the water with a temp of 9 degrees.
  •                         Meadow Pipits trickled over throughout but no large flocks as yet and again another low count although I had to cut the watch short this morning with places to go.
  • A bit of a mix of species moving this morning including some water fowl.
  •                          Late afternoon and a decision to scramble along the east bank cobbles was a good move when a Green Sandpiper flushed from the cobbles showing its bright white rump as it flew to the NE corner. The bird was very flighty heading across to the north shore before disappearing around the corner at the NW end and out of sight. 
  • I did,nt get chance to get anywhere near in range for photos, plus the heat distortion, with a temperature of 16 degrees but a nice autumn record for Fly Flatts.
  •                     An e mail from Nick Small reported large numbers of Stonechat with dozens moving through the Foreside Lane, Thornton Moor area north to south yesterday. Thanks for that Nick.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 138 Mipits.......................>S
  • 3 Tufted duck.................>NW plus 1 on water
  • 7 Teal.............................>NW
  • 29 Lapwing...................>SE
  • 9 Mistle Thrush............>NW
  • 2 Collared Dove...........>W
  • 1 Skylark.......................>SE
  • PRESENT
  • 1 Green Sandpiper
  • 7 Pied Wagtail
  • + usual sp.
  • BS

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Pinkies on the move, Fly Flatts,(permit only)

 

                                            Lesser Black Backed gulls moving >SE



                                                    Single Lapwing >NE

                          Pink Footed geese approaching from the west.


                              Skein of 49 heading >SE
                                    1st skein over Fly Flatts this season.
         
A clear cool morning at 9 degrees with broken cloud and sunshine on a E>3. By late afternoon there was full cloudless skies at 16 degrees.
                                                   A nice start to the morning with my first skein of Pinkies over from the west heading off >SE and very noisy. Mipits were constant but in small numbers, the largest group being 9 but continuing over all morning. No Hirundines today at my side of the ridge though the Oxenhope lads were getting them to the east of their watch point. 
                                                   A complete clear out of Wheatears after a good scope of all the shore with none found but no doubt there will be more through yet.
Otherwise it was just dribs and drabs with the afternoon just producing a Peregrine harassing a new in Greylag goose on the water.

Visible Migration
49 Pink Footed Geese............>SE   1 skein.
1 Lapwing ............................>NE
2 Buzzard.............................>SE
18 LBB gull.........................>SE
261 Mipits...........................>S

Present
2 Pied Wagtail
1 Greylag goose
1 Peregrine
Canadas and Mallards
+ usual sp.
BS


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fly Flatts, east winds bring the fog. (permit only)

 

                                    Big gulls over p.m.

            Swallows piling through in the afternoon
            Squirrel checking out the floating jetty.


                                                         Odd area for a Squirrel

  • Dense fog to start the day clearing by 0930 hrs but leaving a low cloud base on a NE>3 at 12 degrees. By late afternoon the wind had increased to NE>4 still with a load cloud base and heavy drizzle.
  •            Snipe started the day off with 8 birds appearing through the fog and off >NW whilst 4 juv Pied Wagtails and a single Wheatear were on the SE shore.
  • As the fog lifted Starlings started coming over the water low and >NW along with a rush of Mipits which soon fizzled out, but otherwise the rest of the morning was poor.
  •            By late afternoon I had better visibility but still a low cloud base with Swallows piling through , low over the water and all >SE whilst Herring and LBB gulls also headed >SE.
  •             The only other thing of interest was the Grey Squirrel, which keeps turning up, for some reason, walked along the full length of the floating jetty and then performed a few aerobics on the bars before settling down on one of the compound benches.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 111 Mipits.....................>S
  • 93 Swallow...................>SE
  • 46 Starling...................>NW
  • 15 Herring gulls..........>SE
  • 6 LBB gulls................>SE
  • 4 juv Pied Wagtails....blogging
  • 1 Wheatear.................blogging
  • PRESENT
  • 2 Reed Bunting
  • Canadas and Mallards
  • + usual sp.
  • BS


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Anything can turn up, Fly Flatts,(permit only)

 

                          Distant Sparrowhawk mobbed by Mipits


                                                A poor year for Grouse again.
                                            Meadow Pipit taking a dip.

                                                White Wagtail , alba
                                               1 of 17 Wheatear

                                                                  alba
                                       Reflections, The Nab.     Still waters.

  • A very annoying hot and sticky day with no breeze at all first thing then an ultra light SE>1-2 at 20 degrees rising to 25 late afternoon. Early morning mist in the valleys.
  •                                 With the high temperature and lack of breeze the flying ants and midges were out in force attracting a hoard of passerines down around the shoreline with at least 17 Wheatear,
  • 9 Pied Wagtails plus 1 alba, white, and several Meadow Pipits.
  •                                 A steady vis mig morning with all the movement taking place over the ridge to the east of me and being picked up by the Oxenhope lads, Hawkeye Creber (HC) and Supersonic hearing (DCB). See their Trek report.
  •                                 Driving back up the track late morning several Mipits were mobbing a bird on a fence post and as I got closer , what a shock to see a Wryneck, which unfortunately, as soon as I stopped the car it was away , low over the gate and between the wind turbines keeping low heading >E towards Ogden. 
  • Question is, could this be the Wainstalls bird or have we had 3 in the area. I think the Oxenhope bird was a high flyer so that would have been a separate bird. 
  • Looking back at the area it was in, the bank below the post it was on was identical to the Wainstalls area with a high soil vertical banking and several ants present.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 398 Mipits.....................>S
  • 7 Alba Wagtails............>SW
  • 9 Pied Wagtails...........blogging
  • 1 White Wagtail..........blogging
  • 12 Magpie..................>W   unusual for here.
  • 6 Herring gull............>SW
  • 1 Wryneck.................>E
  • 17 Wheatear..............blogging
  • PRESENT
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 6 Red Grouse
  • 21 Canada geese
  • 8 Mallard
  • BS

Monday, September 14, 2020

Moving Mipits and Flying Ants, Fly Flatts (permit only)

 

                                    Several Wheatear, this is 1 of 3 Greenland.






                                     Jackdaws on the move.

                                      Plenty blogging Mipits enjoying the ants


                   Unusual for Greylags to drop in.


                                            Raven in to land


                                             Swarms of Flying Ants

  • A calmer day today with a S>3 at 15 degrees with plenty blue sky and sunshine.
  •                                              Mipits trickled through continuous though no big groups as yet whilst hirundines came over high up in the blue sky. Teal came through in 3 small groups very high and fast and 5 raptor species were present. Wheatear numbers were up with 6 Northern and 3 outstanding Greenland 'leucorhoa' species along the west bank. 
  •                                        The Wheatears and Mipits were very active enjoying a harvest of Flying Ants with massive swarms present as well as tons of butterflies.
  • A real full morning of vis mig whilst this afternoon was reasonably quiet but plenty raptors present.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 10 House Martin..........>S
  • 71 Swallows................>S
  • 326 Mipits...................>S
  • 39 Jackdaw..................>NE
  • 16 Mistle Thrush........>SE
  • 14 Teal........................>SE
  • 9 Wheatear.................blogging, inc 3 Greenland
  • PRESENT
  • 2 Greylag
  • 78 Canada
  • 1 Merlin
  • 2 Buzzard
  • 1 Peregrine
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 4 Raven
  • 5 Kestrel
  • BS