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Sunday, July 3, 2022

An interesting Dunlin at Fly Flatts, (permit only)

                                    Very rare for me to get a juv Dunlin through
                               This pale bird stood out like a Sanderling.


                       Possible alpina, larger and longer billed than r.h. schinzii




                                         juv Wheatear
                                         ad male Wheatear
                                                           several Oystercatchers around

                                            male Ringed Plover
                                              guarding juv Ringed Plover.




                                          another good count of Dunlin.



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.

FLY FLATTS
15 Dunlin + 1 juv
2 Ringed Plover +1 juv
5 Common Sandpiper +  2 juv
2 Redshank + 3 juv
4 Oystercatchers
5 Wheatear,  1m, 2f, 2 juv
1 Snipe
2 LBB gull
several Swift........>S
4 Curlew..............>S
2 Curlew present
BS




 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

A knock back at Fly Flatts.

 

                                           A good count of Dunlin

                                     ad Common Sandpiper
                                            and juv

                                               juv Wheatear

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.

18 Dunlin
3 ad Common Sandpipers + 2 juvs
1 pr Ringed Plover + 1 juv
2 Curlew
4 Redshank + 3 juv
2 Oystercatchers
3 Snipe
1 ad Wheatear + 1 juv
2 Raven
sev Swifts................>S
+ usual sp
BS

Friday, July 1, 2022

Fly Flatts buzzing (permit only)

                                        Ringed Plover chick on walk about
                                                       Day 7
                                        Juv Wheatear
                                               More Ringed Plover and Dunlin present.

                                                       Seeing off the Dunlins

                                         Male Ringed Plover with juv
                                              juv Ringed Plover





                                      Still 3 Wheatear present
                                            Ringed Plover chick

                                                  3 adult Oystercatchers
                                               16 Dunlin present
                                                                      juv Wheatear


                                         Storm clouds and rainbow over Queensbury last night
                                                     Sunset
                                     Turned purple in the torrential rain.

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.

FLY FLATTS
8 Curlew ........>S
2 Curlew on site.
5 Ringed Plover.....1 chick, 1 juv, 2 ad f, 1 ad m.
16 Dunlin
3 Oystercatchers
4 Common Sandpiper
2 Redshank
3 Snipe 
13 Lapwing
c 100 Swift...........>S
2 Raven
1 Kestrel
1 Skylark
3 Wheatear..... 1 juv,  1ad m, 1 ad f.
+ usual sp.
BS