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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Swifts are back. Fly Flatts.

      Wheatear numbers down now

                                  Swifts moving through >N






               Looking >S from the ponds.

With waders on the move and the 6 Dunlin flying around yesterday I thought I d better get back to Fly Flatts at 1530 hrs to check out the northern end and ponds.
                                                     Dark clouds and lightly damping as I arrived but as I got out of the car the wind felt to have dropped. That was until I got out of the lee of the Nab where once again that icy cold easterly blew but slightly less than yesterday blowing E>5.
                                                   The water was quiet after an afternoon of sailing boats but the moor around the ponds was active with several noisy Lapwings up creating at my presence . 3 Redshank were along the east shore along with 4 Common Sandpipers an a single Oystercatcher. Scanning the ponds failed to produce Dunlin until 2 flew fast and low disappearing below the banking remaining out of sight.
Wheatear numbers are well down now with just 5 seen and no Greenlands or Whinchat.
                                                                    Swifts were motoring through >N very fast, some up through the wind turbines and some skimming the water but all heading out under the lee of the Nab. I counted at least 18 but some will undoubtedly have been missed coming through below the sky line. With winds forecast to drop overnight tomorrow could see a good push of this species.
 The Nolstar field was deserted this evening.
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Please to get some Swfts back on the move Bri. Nice to be getting a few waders along with a bit of shoreline for them.