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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Newcomers for Fly Flatts but slow in the conditions.

 Plenty shoreline now                 SE corner ponds
                                       looking down the south shore
                                           SE corner the floating jetty now beached.
                    south inlet. All this is usually under water
                               looking down the east shore
   east shore. If this does,nt invite them in nowt will.
                                  east shore to NW inlet.

Another day thwarted by the sunshine and blue skies although a brisk  WSW>4 kept the temperature down.
         A lazy day around the water with the geese hardly moving and sleeping most of the day .
                                                 This morning the only wader present was a Ringed Plover on the east shore along with 8 LBB gulls and 2 Black Headeds on the water.
By late afternoon the Ringed Plover had been joined with a second Ringed along with a Little Ringed but all 3 kept way over on the NE mud area well out of range and in a pile of heat shimmer.
                                                 Luckily, no appearance of the Peregrines today although 6 Carrion Crow on the east bank caused some disturbance whilst they squabbled over a LBB carcass.
                                                 Overhead the sky was alive with Swifts and a few Swallows but all the Swifts were very high and in no particular direction meaning they were a feeding party rather than movers. Kestrels were up enjoying the wind with 4 birds up together over the Nab.
Stronger winds and rain forecast for tomorrow, just the job.
BS

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

All it takes is a grey sky, moderate wind and a dash of rain. Fly Flatts.

                                    Oystercatcher new in .


                                       Whimbrel in the far distance.


                                   Curlew over high and >W
                                           5 Teal on the water.

The morning was the best part of the day with 100% cloud cover on a moderate SW>4, with a few bursts of sunshine p.m. and some light rain showers.
                                                          What a difference the weather makes from yesterdays hot and sunny on a light breeze producing no waders to todays weather with 5 wader species moving as well as waterfowl.
                     As soon as I arrived early morn an Oystercatcher was on the south bank  before moving off >W. Next was a Common Sandpiper flushed from the lagoon which also left >W.
A scope of the east bank from the boatyard produced a Ringed Plover, another moving bird .
                    A later scope of the east bank from mid way on the water at the east side found what I thought at first was a Curlew but a later check on the photos well zoomed in it proved to be a Whimbrel showing brown crown and supercillium . 2 Black Headed gulls were on the water and 8 LBBs on the shoreline.
                                    Back for the late afternoon watch in hope of the Whimbrel still being present for some better pics as this morning it was out of range and in the heat haze but as I got half way on the west bank a scope found no Whimbrel but instead the juv Peregrine sat on the shore. I,m hoping this bird moves on soon as its becoming a liability for wader watching.
                                  A Curlew flew high overhead >W calling as it went and as I got back near the south end 5 Teal had appeared on the water but sticking to way out in the middle.
                                 Hopefully the cloud and wind will continue tomorrow to keep the birds active and moving.
BS
                                                             

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

This weather,s got to go. Fly Flatts.

Another  day of hot sunshine and blue skies with a temperature of 22 degrees on a light W>4 once again putting the birds to sleep and clearing the skies. The ponds are dried up now badly needing rain to top them up although the shoreline is looking good with the water draining daily.
                                                             Birding, as expected, was poor with just the usual Canadas on the east bank this morning and 1 unfledged gosling which had a few near misses when the juv Peregrine arrived dropping onto the bank frighteningly close to it which made the Canadas group around the gosling  until the Pere moved on.
                                                       This afternoon 20 Greylags were on the water including the 3 pair and their fledged young. Only 12 LBB gulls present and not a sign of a wader. The Ringed Plover that has been hoping for a mate since the 5th June seems to have finally given up and moved on, not being seen for 2 days now. This is the first day I,ve had at Fly Flatts without a wader of any sort since the 11th February. Even a check of the inlet and conduits failed to provide the goods.
Before I left 4 Kestrels were up in the air together.
                                                      Got to get on with my rain dance now though none is expected until the weekend.
BS

Monday, July 15, 2019

After the good day comes the bad. Fly Flatts

        The 2 Barnacles are a fixture here this year
Daffy duck is still hanging on to the sole surviving duckling
          out of 28 against all odds of Gulls, Peregrines, Ravens
                                                  and Weasels + having a daft mother.
                                          4 Black Headeds on the water today

                                       2 Pesky Peregrines again on the east bank.




After a real cracking day yesterday I was soon brought back down to earth today with terrible conditions stopping the job dead.
                                                   Morning was slightly better of the two with a light NE>2 but by late afternoon the temperature was up at 21 degrees with patchy sunshine and dead calm with not a breath of air and tons of midges,the blue skies remaining birdless.
                                                  The only wader today was a single Common Sandpiper by the ponds whilst a check of the east shoreline from the NE corner found the juv Peregrine sat on the mud until the second bird appeared and they flew off together >NW.
                                                  Not surprisingly, only 12 LBB gulls were present on the North shore
whilst a few Black Headeds are slowly trickling back in. No passerines present today by the feeding station with just a single Red Legged Partridge. With August 12th quickly approaching its seeming like another poor year for Red Grouse with very few seen or heard  around the nearby moor.
                                            This afternoons watch was down to geese and a few gulls with an early finish in a hope of  a good westerly wind tomorrow and some nice cloud. The ponds are drying out now so a few heavy showers would be welcome.
BS

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Overwhelmed with birds. Unusual for Fly Flatts.

                                        1 of 3 juv Stonechat
 several birds were attracted to Foxglove like this Stonechat.
                                          female Stonechat
                                                male Stonechat
                                        Wren,top, feeding young below
                                                   juv Wren
                                            juv Stonechat
                                          1 of 11 Reed Buntings







   Looks like theres someone else waiting for the waders,
                                 juv Peregrine


                                         Then there was 2



  This explains the mystery falcon I had along with the
 Kestrels, Peregrine and Marsh Harrier the other day.



         Ad Yellow Legged Herring gull, michahellis, centre
                                          3rd summer Herring, argentatus
                                            Herrings in with the LBBs
               Nice to see the juv Greylags flying.

Every now and then you get one of those amazing days, not often, but today was just one of those.
                                                   The conditions were good although a bit stronger wind would have been preferred to keep the flies down, otherwise it was 80 % cloud cover on a light NE>2 turning E>3 by late afternoon.
                                   Early morn and quiet on the water and shoreline as I walked the west bank to the NW corner but below the banking near the feeding station several small passerines were ground hopping their way south, some on the fencing whilst others were further out on the moor.
                                 Scoping the area I picked up, Reed Buntings, Stonechats, a single Whinchat with a Spotted Flycatcher nearby perched briefly on a Foxglove out on the moor. Coal Tits were rare for here along with a Wren feeding a juv. By the afternoon watch all had moved through.
                                Back in early August 2017 I had just the same thing happen, even down to the Spotted Fly when BV and myself watched a passerine group moving along Nab Water Lane and past Fly Flatts.
              Late afternoon and the passerines gone I scoped the gulls quickly picking out a Yellow Legged Herring gull, probably the same bird as previously, as it stood on the edge of the water but as I got opposite it had moved into the water. Minutes after the whole lot lifted when a juv Peregrine came in to land on the east banking. Most of the gulls came back down but the YL must have moved on.
     More action then as an adult Peregrine came in ending with both birds jostling and flying off with the adult in pursuit of the juv. I hope these Peregrines dont prove to be a problem as the waders start to come through.
                        Back at the south shore the Ringed Plover was in the pools area along with a Common Sandpiper and a Dunlin arrived in from the SE disappearing towards the east shore.
                       Quite a days birding leaving me with my head spinning trying to keep up. The plug is now out of the reservoir and the water level is slowly going down.

11 Reed Bunting
4 Coal Tit
1 Whinchat
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Wren feeding juv
1 Ringed Plover
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Dunlin
110 Lesser Black Backed gulls
5 Herring gulls
1 Yellow Legged Herring gull
1 intermedius LBB gull
4 Black Headed gull
3 Raven
Greylags...... 1pr + 1 juv,    1pr + 6 juv,    1pr + 5 juvs,   1 single adult,  all young flying.
+ over 400 Canadas inc 40+ well grown goslings
BS