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Sunday, July 3, 2022
A decent morning up on the tops with a brisk W>3 with 80% cloud and odd bursts of sunshine at 11 degrees. Early low cloud blanking the wind turbines soon cleared.
Another active wader morning, again with a good Dunlin count and now 5 Wheatear present whilst Swifts piled through continuous.
A scan with the bins picked up a distant very pale wader making me think Sanderling but a closer view produced a Dunlin. This I believe to be a juvenile as opposed to a adult in moult as, although it is early for a passing juv, adult birds moult on migration starting around August and continuing into the winter.
The bird was noticeably larger and longer billed than our common schinzii making me think possible race alpina or otherwise, just a female, but either way its rare to get a juv Dunlin through Fly Flatts.
The juv Ringed Plover was still present and being protected by the adult male whilst it was sad to see the adult female still beside the dead chick and still protecting it.
15 Dunlin + 1 juv
2 Ringed Plover +1 juv
5 Common Sandpiper + 2 juv
2 Redshank + 3 juv
5 Wheatear, 1m, 2f, 2 juv
2 LBB gull
2 Curlew present
Saturday, July 2, 2022
A very wet morning at Fly Flatts with early torrential rain then light rain throughout on a cold SW>3
at 10 degrees with fog banks moving through.
A real bad start to the morning with the first scan of the SE shore finding the 7 day old Ringed Plover chick dead with the adult female by its side still protecting it and keeping other waders away. I later inspected the chick which had no predator signs but was saturated after the heavy rain and unless it had a health problem ,which is unlikely as it was very lively and feeding yesterday, I suspect it just succumbed to the Fly Flatts weather getting so wet and cold with no feather protection.
Otherwise it was down to the usual species with a good count of Dunlin, which were mostly on the north shore again, along with yesterdays juv Ringed Plover.
A mid afternoon visit to check the north shore once the mist had cleared and rain passed over found it alive with Dunlin dashing about on the mud like mice.
The poor female Ringed Plover was still dashing around by the dead chick protecting it and scattering the Dunlins. Going by what happened last year , as soon as they lost the second brood of chicks the pair left the area.
3 ad Common Sandpipers + 2 juvs
1 pr Ringed Plover + 1 juv
4 Redshank + 3 juv
1 ad Wheatear + 1 juv
+ usual sp
Friday, July 1, 2022
Decent birding weather yet again at Fly Flatts early morn with full cloud on a W>3 at 11 degrees with good visibility.
The area was alive with waders this morning after an overnight arrival of Dunlin mostly using the north muddy shore so only scope-able from my position and not enough time to go to that end to check them out.
An adult female Ringed Plover was new in whilst a juv Ringed Plover appeared near to where the long staying pair had their first brood. One chick was sighted but then disappeared so possibly this fledged juv is the bird from that brood, the way the male was protecting it, although I have,nt seen it for several weeks.
Another 8 Curlew headed >S as well as around 100 Swifts whilst a single Skylark was a rarity for this site. A real busy morning.
8 Curlew ........>S
2 Curlew on site.
5 Ringed Plover.....1 chick, 1 juv, 2 ad f, 1 ad m.
4 Common Sandpiper
c 100 Swift...........>S
3 Wheatear..... 1 juv, 1ad m, 1 ad f.
+ usual sp.