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Autumn Visible Migration count has now started at Fly Flatts and reports are recorded on Trektellen. Link on right.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Cold Edge Dams.

            Barnacle, not easy to find at first.

             No sign of the yellow ringed Barnacle as yet.
                                4f Tufted, Leadbeater Dam
                                             1m Tufted.
             2 Greylag in with 45 Canadas and the Barnacle.

Early morning and I could see the bank of fog over Fly Flatts as I drove up there but all around was clear so I took a chance that it would lift. Wrong,! After 30 minutes checking the seed and as much of the water as I could see the fog was getting thicker coming across the moor on a moderate SSW>5.
                                                With Fly Flatts abandoned I dropped down to Cold Edge which was just below the cloud base though dark and drizzly but birdable.
                                                A scan of the goose field soon produced the Barnacle, which was almost hidden behind a mound of soil , along with 45 Canadas and 2 Greylag but strangely no Curlew or Oystercatcher which are usually back in this field by now.
A walk up the track to the boathouse failed to produce DJSs Stonechats whilst back at Leadbeater Dam 4 female and 1 male Tufted were present as well as a few small gulls and Mallards with plenty small gulls in the fields.
Around 10 Fieldfare were in the trees by the Delvers on my way home.
BS

3 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Nice to see the Tufted Duck. It's a long time since we had a Scaup passing through. Think the last local one was at Fly Flatts (?

David Sutcliffe said...

Think.... Jan 2014 - Brookfoot and Fly Flatts later the same year 16th Oct.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Dave, Fly Flatts 30/11/2003 then the next as you say Oct 2014.
Probably had more through but not an easy bird to spot so possibly a few slipped through the net.
Also many years since Ring Necked and Long Tailed duck.
Long Tailed duck at Fly Flatts 30/11/2003
2 female Ring Necked duck 21/10/ to 3/11/1995 which we first found on TMR whilst doing vis mig.