1515 hrs at Fly Flatts with bright skies and sunshine. 50 % cloud cover but a very strong
NNW>5 blowing at 20.6mph with white horses racing across the water.
Not the best conditions to erect the new floating jetty from the boat compound with risk of it ending up at Cold Edge Dams but the hearty sailors and engineers soon had the job cracked and in position.
Six heavy anchors and chains will keep it in position in the strong winds up there and hopefully the handrails will attract a passing Tern or two , an ideal perch.
A fine achievement for the sailing club, well done to all.
Bird wise the wind kept the skies empty and the water is now over the south bank and breaching the track moving the Common Sandpipers to the northern end where even the peat banking is almost covered. I had a count of 5 along the west bank where there is still part of the cobbles above water.
Two Wheatears were across on Robin rock whilst the above male was near to the feeding area along with around 20 Meadow Pipits. One of the Barnacles was on the water whilst the Canadas were sheltering in the juncus at the NE corner with several now on the moor breeding. Several Lapwings and Curlews concluded the sightings.