Conditions this morning were good, if not a bit on the windy side, with 80% cloud cover and good visibility on a W>5 but the area was the quietest I,ve seen for a while with 2 Carrion Crows and a few Red Grouse being the only birds seen. Several Grouse were seen flying low over the water, probably celebrating the end of the grouse shooting season although I have,nt seen signs of any shoots in this area at all .
Conditions late afternoon was another thing with the wind up to near gale W>7 at 33 m.p.h. but still good visibility and decent light. Unfortunately the only birds seen were the same 2 Carrion Crow and Red Grouse.
The last 30 minutes was spent near the top gate scanning the sky for Pinkies and the moor for raptors but nothing materialized. December has been a shocking month at Fly Flatts with strong winds and dense fog dominating the weather but it is winter after all and thats birding, something we just have to put up with or get an indoor hobby.
Ive put all my efforts into Fly Flatts this year and although I,ve had many poor sessions the rewards have been great. Below are just a few of the special birds that have helped to keep me company during 2018 in this bleak lonely spot.