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Autumn Visible Migration count has now started at Fly Flatts and reports are recorded on Trektellen. Link on right.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fly Flatts. The day the sky turned Pink.

                                         Skies full of Pink Footed Geese.







    4 Skeins over Fly Flatts then east over Ogden/Bradshaw
                       103, 94, 142, 159.  Total 498 >E
                                  Fieldfare over the moor
                 Squadrons of Starlings.
                                        33 Golden Plover on the north west shore.


                                                 Very few gulls on the deck today.



                                   Nice morning skies looking >S

An ideal morning at Fly Flatts with light grey skies on a SW>3 at 6 degrees and perfect visibility.
                                                        At the start it looked as if it was going to be a major Fieldfare and Woodpig morning but this soon fizzled out with a small number of species moving throughout the watch. Two very light coloured Bunting species caught me off guard going over very high and away from me with no call heard. I,d have liked to put them as Snow Bunting but not enough on them to confirm that.
                  Without a doubt Pinkies were the star performers with 4 skeins coming over from the west heading east passing over Ogden and Bradshaw areas all within a short time of one another. Possibly Trans Pennine birds , an amazing sight to see. A count of 498 geese in skeins of 103, 94, 142 and 159.
A good bit of team work between HC,DCB and myself  alerting each other as the geese appeared.
                     Late afternoon was quiet with just a few Mipits over >S and very few gulls present though the highlight was 33 Golden Plover at distance on the north west shore.

Vis Mig
12 Golden Plover.........................>SE
236 Woodpigs.............................>S
14 Mipits....................................>S
61 Jackdaws...............................>S
28 LBB gull...............................>SW
10 Herring.................................>SW
2 Bunting sp.............................>W
130 Starling.............................>NW
82 Fieldfare............................>NW
1 Mistle Thrush.....................>NW
498 Pink Footed Goose................>E

Present
56 Mallard
11 BH gull
2 Herring Gull
4 LBB gull
33 Goldies
BS

Monday, October 21, 2019

Wigeon for Fly Flatts, a.m/p.m. (no public access.)

                                         Fieldfares over the western ridge
                                           Single Cormorant high and >S
                           Several squadrons of Starling through.

                                       5 Wigeon present
                                  Very distant across water
                                  Nearly missed in with Mallards



A disappointing watch hampered by low cloud base so only the low flying birds counted until near the end of the watch. As yesterday winter thrushes were moving in good numbers but mostly to the eastern side of the east ridge with just one good flock of Fieldfare and a scattering of Redwing.
                                No Pink Footed today although blog watcher Peter Turner text me with a skein over Norwood Green this morning, thanks for that Peter.
                               Clear skies late afternoon and the highlight being 5 Wigeon in with Mallards but way over in the NW corner. These were very nearly missed as there was 4 Teal present this morning and the smaller ducks this afternoon were taken as the same Teal . Luckily there was a record number of ducks and it was whilst counting them I picked out the Wigeon, which just shows once more, you can,t take anything for granted.

Vis Mig
8 Reed Bunting..................................>SE
28 Redwing.......................................>NW
38 Fieldfare......................................>NW
19 Woodpigs....................................>S
39 Starling.......................................>NW
1 Cormorant...................................>S
2 Skylark.......................................>S

Present
7 Greylag
2 Canada
64 Mallard
5 Wigeon
4 Teal
14 BH gull
2 LBB gull
BS

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fly Flatts/a.m./p.m.. (no public access)

 Pinks >E around 5 miles to the south of me.
Hardly visible and although I could,nt see them
through the viewfinder I went off a landmark and
hoped for the best. Bertha did her job well capturing
enough to get a count of 112.
                                 Redwings mega high

                                  Duck island. 58 Mallard present.
                                        Mostly LBB gulls today


                                    LBB and Herring
                                         juv Herring
 Thought the centre LBB was an intermedius but
comparing the mantle with the black tail its just
a dark grey bird compared to the others.
                                                         Herring

Setting off this morning Redwing were piling over Foxhill making me expect a cracking morning but once I crossed the eastern ridge things quietened off with birds moving, but high up disappearing into several low scud clouds. Most of my Redwings were seen late afternoon.
                                        A busy morning with birds showing throughout but no great numbers due to low cloud. Just one skein of Pinks early morn but at great distance , estimated at a good 5 miles and too far to even see through the viewfinder but getting their position from land marks it was aim and fire and hope that Bertha could see them which she did and got me an image good enough for a count when cropped and darkened.
                                            The afternoon was all Redwings in the sky and gulls on the north shore but at last, a morning and afternoon watch without the drizzle and fog.

Vis Mig
112 Pinkies...................................>E
21 LBB .......................................>SW
11 Herring...................................>SW
189 Woodpigs.............................>S
471 Redwing..............................>NW
3 Grey Wagtail...........................>SW
23 Mipits...................................>S
1pr Goosander..........................>SE
78 Jackdaw...............................>S
77 Starling...............................>NW

Present
24 BH gull
42 LBB gull
4 Herring gull
58 Mallard
BS

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Leeshaw Vis Mig. An afternoon with the gulls at Fly Flatts. Plus the problem with Caspians.

A mornings watch at Leeshaw to get below the cloud base once again found plenty to see but nothing special and no great counts with the only real clear sky to the NW.
Results can be seen on Trektellen headed Fly Flatts.

Fly Flatts, an afternoon with the gulls.
         
                                     6 Teal came in on the water.


                                        A good count of big gulls

                                             80% LBB  20% Herring.


                                                 All distant on the North shore


Fly Flatts late afternoon had a cold WNW>4 but clear conditions.
With much more shoreline now showing ,as the water rapidly drains , big gulls are being attracted down with 138 big gulls, 80% Lesser Black Backed and 20% Herring along with 24 Black Headed.
Hopefully the numbers will build making a good chance of that special bird arriving. I,ve had several Yellow Legged Herring so far this year so must be due for a Med or white winged gull as well as a Caspian.
              Otherwise things were quiet with nothing in the sky other than gulls whilst the water held 6 Teal and 51 Mallard.
                                 My suspected Caspian gull from the 17th has been in front of my gull panel,
KM/MC and has been confirmed as a Yellow Legged Herring gull with detailed id explanation from both parties.
Once again many thanks to Mick and Keith for their undying interest in the gulls on my blog , both of which I don,t seem to be able to wear down but don,t worry lads, with gull season upon us I,ll be back with yet more of the same until I finally strike gold.
                              Ironically my suspected Caspian at Fly Flatts on the 17/10 was found just 2 years and 1 day from my genuine Caspian at Fly Flatts on the 16/10/2017.
Just to show the similarities , although the genuine Cas is a year younger bird, these are pics of the two.

                                          My recent Yellow Legged Herring gull



                                         My genuine Caspian




   
BS