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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Reasonable conditions at Fly Flatts this morning but poor lighting with very dark clouds coming across from the west. A light WSW>2 at 12 degrees and heavy rain by 1000 hrs.
First over on arrival was a small skein of Pink Footed geese >E followed about 30 minutes later by a skein of 136 also >E and very high.Very little else moving and only in low numbers and surprisingly no Redwing over my air space ,though some big numbers were reported by other sites. 4 Stonechat were present whilst Greylag were on the water and 2 Raven up above.
The last bird of the morning was a Ringtail Hen Harrier heading >S over the Flat moor, a mega rarity for this site with my last seen here 7/10/2012. This bird making 2 female and 1 male seen by me at this site in 55 years watching.
Back to Redcar Tarn mid afternoon where yesterdays Caspian gull was still present and showing well. This bird was spotted by me yesterday putting it as a suspicious Herring gull but it turned out to be a 4th year sub adult Caspian gull first seen by KM earlier in the month but had,nt been seen since. Well done to Keith for spotting it on the blog yesterday and identifying it and seconded by MC. Thanks to both.
As well as the usual gulls etc up there today a female Shoveler was on the water as well as 5 Teal so a good end to a brilliant day.
151 Plnkies..................>E 2 skeins. 15, 136.
2 Reed Bunting...........>S
1 RT Hen Harrier........>S
1 Mistle Thrush..........>NW
4 Greylag geese
1 sub ad Caspian gull
1 f Shoveler
+ usual sp
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Once again Leeshaw reservoir saved the morning being below the fog which was hanging over the tops.
Miserable conditions with a mix of heavy rain and drizzle on a S>2 but very mild at 12 degrees.
This did,nt stop the birds moving with a reasonable morning with two show stealers, Whooper Swans and Snipe, though the Whoopers only showed for seconds between the clouds but luckily their noise got me on to them. Redwing and Starling were on the move whilst Meadow Pipits are still coming through.
A field full of geese was encouraging but no specials among them after a careful scan through.
Better conditions mid afternoon with dark skies but mainly dry on a visit to Redcar Tarn, Keighley. As always, plenty of the 4 usual gull species with some beautiful looking Herring gulls still in summer plumage.
Good to bump into BV up there and an extra pair of eyes was useful to scour through the gulls in hopes of Caspian, Yellow Legged Herring and Med gull . A sub adult Caspian gull was present which I suspected as being different and later picked up from blog photos by KM and seconded by MC. More pics and report to follow on tomorrows blog.
The water held several Tufted duck and Mallard as well as Mooren, Coot and geese. No sign of any Brambling in the usual trees at yet
9 Whooper..............>E. 1 skein
1 Alba Wagtail.......>S
c 30 Redwing present.
+ usual sp
Sub adult Caspian gull
+ usual gulls
Monday, October 18, 2021
Female Pied Wagtail present.
What looked like good conditions soon proved otherwise at Fly Flatts with a nice light grey full cloud sky, making a perfect background to pick up the birds, with a very light SW>1 inc SW>3 at 10 degrees.
Low scud clouds were moving through the area obscuring visibility somewhat but these were mainly to the east and north of my position.
A noisy skein of Whoopers came over at distance heading >E but up in the clag so got through unseen. A quick blast of Mipits headed >S in one group looking like birds that had been held down overnight in the fog whilst Starlings headed >NW.
Otherwise it was down to a few gulls, 4 Stonechat and Pied Wagtail whilst a Buzzard was perched by the feeding station but off low over the moor before I,d time to lift the camera. Just 2 Canadas on the water.
It seemed very poor at Fly Flatts this morning but after being dragged around Primark in Bradford midday, Fly Flatts seemed like the best place on earth. Its worth a trip to Primark now and again as it makes you appreciate anywhere else you go.
By mid afternoon the weather had deteriorated to heavy rain and fog so it was catch up with jobs time and wait for another day tomorrow.
2 LBB gull................>SW
5 Herring gull...........>NE
2 BH gull..................>SE
1 skein Whoopers.....>E, heard only
1f Pied Wagtail
2 Canada geese