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Friday, September 17, 2021

Another passerine day, Fly Flatts, (permit only)

 

                                          A good count of Wheatear

                                                Wheatears everywhere
                                           At least 1 Greenland present.

                                     Star of the show, Black Redstart.












                                      Taken through grass stalks, hence the blurs
                                                          Plenty blogging Mipits




                                         Wheatear with Bumble Bee

Bright and sunny from the word go this morning at Fly Flatts with a S>3 at 12 degrees.
                                 Again the area was inundated with passerines on the deck with an increase in Wheatear and Stonechat but no Reed Buntings today.
The Black Redstart was again present though very mobile from one shore to the other mainly sticking with the Wheatears rather than the Stonechats but no sign of it on the mid afternoon visit.
                              At least 1 Greenland Wheatear present, possibly 3, whilst 1 Northern Wheatear was eating a Bumble Bee, its amazing what a varied diet a Wheatear has.
                              With checking activity on the ground plus photography its an impossible one man task to count passing birds in the sky so just casual observations of fly overs noting a steady flow of Meadow Pipits but otherwise very quiet skies.
No records of Pink Footed Geese on the move yet, last year my first skein over was Oct 5th but the year before I had skeins over on the 18th Sept.
A text from MP today reporting the Doe Park Osprey still present mid afternoon and into its 4th week now.

Fly Flatts Vis Mig
c200 Mipits...................>S

Bloggers
2 Lapwing
1 Black Redstart
11 Wheatear
1 Greenland Wheatear, poss 3
3 Wrens
9 Stonechat
21 Goldfinch
c 50 Mipits

Present
5 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Red Legged Partridge
+ usual sp.
BS

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Another gem for Fly Flatts. Black Redstart.

 

                                            1 of 7 Wheatear
                                  Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit
                                        Black Redstart to the right. Never saw it when I took the shot
                                               Reef Bunting
                                         Swallows through

                                           Distant Black Redstart



                                                    Stonechat
                                                     Twins
                                        Wheatear

                                        Wheatear disgorging pellet.




Yet another foggy start at Fly Flatts leaving poor visibility throughout. As the fog cleared it was bright hazy sunshine turning the sky milky,then very dark clouds rolled in from the west putting everything into silhouette. A light W>2 increased to W>3 mid afternoon and sunshine with temp starting at 11 degrees and getting up to 19 degrees.
                                Again today all the action was on the deck with scores of grounded Mipits and a good variety of other passerine species. A lower count of movers in flight today with most of my time taken scrolling through the grounded birds which proved worthwhile when I turned up yet another Black Redstart for my area.
                              I didnt find the Black Redstart until mid morning but when I got home and checked the photos it was actually on one of the first photos I,d taken, to the right of a Reed Bunting, Stonechat and Mipit on a wire fence. What an embarrassing miss. 
                           Just Mipits and Swallows over today along with 2 Herring gull but no time for sky watching with the activity on the ground.
                           A second visit mid afternoon failed to relocate the Black Red and most of the mornings birds had gone apart from the Wheatears and Stonechats.
Interesting to watch a Wheatear eject a pellet which I thought I would have caught on film but the pellet shot out so quick I missed it.
                         All the passerines brought out the raptors with Kestrel, Sparrowhawk plus the unwanted guest of a Peregrine on the east bank.

A text from MP at 15.08 hrs reporting the Osprey back at Doe Park and shortly afterwards perched in a tree eating its catch.

Fly Flatts Vis Mig
162 Mipit........................>S
32 Swallow ...................>S
2 Herring gull................>SW
Bloggers :-
1 Black Redstart
19 Reed Bunting
6 Stonechat
7 Wheatear
c 100 Mipits
Present
1 Peregrine
4 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Buzzard
2 Raven
+ usual sp.
BS

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Greenland Wheatear for Fly Flatts/ Osprey for Doe Park.

 

FLY FLATTS                               Early morning fog clearing
                                               Murky to the north
                                       The Nab just appearing
                                           Lots of Mipits on the shoreline

                                           1 of 4 Northern Wheatear
                                                            
                                        Greenland Wheatear, ' leucorhoa '
                                       Very long legged,  deep buff colouring
                                             Larger built bird
                                                     8 primary tips.

                                           Northern left        Greenland right.

                                                      1 of 2 Stonechat

                                             1 of  9 Alba Wagtails
DOE PARK                         As good as it got, Osprey.

                 Twitches on the shore        Roy Horrobin,  Dave Brotherton.  + dog.
                                                                   On to the Osprey,  dogs gone to sleep.

Fly Flatts a.m. was thick fog but I took a gamble that it would clear which paid off by 0830 hrs leaving bright skies on a light NW>2 at 12 degrees and 50% cloud.
                                A continuation of yesterdays Mipits movement with wall to wall grounded Mipits around the shoreline with a big blast off >S as soon as the fog lifted leaving around 150 present on the deck.
       Nothing else moving skyward other than a few Alba Wagtails but plenty of interest around the boatyard with passerines around the wire fence and single tree.
         The south shore produced 4 Northern Wheatear along with a single Greenland standing out as a bigger,bulkier bird with deep buff underparts, long legs and longer winged with a count of 8 primary tips. Greenlands are usually among the last to come through in autumn.
          Mid afternoon was hot and sticky with a light NW>2 at Doe Park and very little of interest apart from the usuals on the water. After a 1 hour wait me and 2 other local birders were watching 2 Buzzard up on the thermals to the north when a text from MP and a call from DB both at the same time saying the Osprey had just appeared at the south side of the water above where DB and RH were stood on the shore whilst MP was up above on the hillside.
                    The Osprey, which I had seen 1 hour earlier very briefly over Hewenden, was very distant to us, standing at the north end of the water, and soaring very high. It showed no interest in the water but
spiraled up until it was lost from view. This is the behavior performed when a bird is leaving , firstly getting its bearings before climbing high and moving off. Moving conditions were ideal for it today with a light tail wind and high,clear skies. This is the 3rd time that I,ve said its possibly gone so its a matter of wait and see although the bird is acting differently now than in the past.
                  One of the birders I was stood with, sorry I didnt get your names though Ive met you both several times, informed me that an Osprey in Nidderdale once stayed on until December. This one will need an ice pick if it stays so long. He also got a report that the Osprey, or another bird, was seen over Mixenden yesterday.

FIRST SKEINS OF PINKS SHOULD BE SEEN ANY DAY NOW.

Fly Flatts  Vis Mig
c 200 Mipits...................>S
c 150 Mipits .................blogging
5 Alba Wagtails ............>S
4 Alba Wagtails.............blogging
Bloggers :-
5 Reed Bunting
2 Stonechat
4 Nth Wheatear
1 Greenland Wheatear
3 Wrens
18 Goldfinch

Doe Park
1 Osprey
2 Buzzard
4 Grey Wagtail
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Cormorant
+ usual sp.
BS