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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Fly Flatts, a morning moorland walk

 


A bright , clear and sunny morning at Fly Flatts with a very light E>2 at 5 degrees.
                                              As expected, in the reservoir birding unfriendly weather, things were very quiet around the water other than 2 LBBs on the water as well as the usual geese. The only small waders were the usual 2 Ringed Plovers and a single Oystercatcher. 
                                             Just 2m and 1f Wheatear present whilst a single Swallow flew >N over the water. With boredom setting in I walked across the moor towards Tatty Pie Hill which was a pleasant walk but failed to produce much other than 3 Stonechat and several Mipits plus a Weasel in the conduit.
                                            Back at the north end of the reservoir a distant Short Eared Owl was quartering the moor well to the north by Nab Water Lane.
The afternoon session was abandoned waiting for my sort of weather to return although tomorrow is threatening more sun and even less wind.

Fly Flatts
1 SEO
1 Swallow
3 Wheatear
3 Stonechat
5 Herring gull..........>NE
2 LBB
2 Ringed Plover
1 Oyk
+ usual sp
BS

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A slight taste of spring. Fly Flatts,(permit only).

 

                                       A second wave of Wheatear moving through.


                                              Back up to 2 pair of Ringed Plover now


                                       Taking a liking to the boatyard
                                                      1 of 3 Raven


                                                  Out on the shoreline.

                                            Always Kestrels present.

Another bright crisp morning at Fly Flatts with a calm NW>2 turning W>3 by afternoon. The temperature was down at zero with clear blue skies and sunshine.
                                                            Two Swallows were on overhead wires as I drove through Mixenden which was a good start to the day although they have not yet reached the heights of Fly Flatts.
As I unlocked the boatyard gates there were 6 Wheatear, new in, flitting around the compound being very mobile , then by late afternoon they were gone.
                                                            Ringed Plovers were back up to 2 pairs with one pair in the boatyard and another pair by the west bank. One of these pairs have been present since 28th February and are now very approachable when in the boatyard area.
                                                            Lesser Black Backed gulls are hanging around on egg and chick watch with 4 on the water whilst 2 Great Black Backed flew over high and >NW which is the usual direction for GBBs.
                              Strange that this time last year I was inundated with Ring Ouzels in and around the boatyard from 16th March until April when I had to stop going due to lockdown but the Bentley workmen kept me up to date saying they were there until 20th April, yet this year I have had none so far and soon they,ll have moved through.
                               This evening whilst I was playing ball in the garden with the dogs Lynda informed me that 2 Swallows went over heading >N over Foxhill, unseen by me.
No Goldies in the Nolstar field the 4 times I passed today.

Fly Flatts
4 Ringed Plover
2 GBB gull........................>NW
4 LBB gull on water
6 Wheatear
1 pr Pied Wagtail
2 Swallow......Mixenden
2 Swallow......Queensbury
3 Raven
4 Kestrel
BS

Monday, April 12, 2021

Fly Flatts ( permit only).

 

                                       Usual pair of Ringed Plovers.


                                            Stoodley Pike in the snow
                                             Nolstar, field full of Golden Plover.


Poor reservoir conditions today with clear blue skies, sunshine and a light NNW>3 increasing NW>4 by mid afternoon. Another low temperature reading of minus 2 degrees rising to 4 degrees mid afternoon.
                                          An exceptionally quiet day up at Fly Flatts with just the pair of Ringed Plover in the boat compound and a Raven overhead. 
Curlews, Lapwing and Snipe were lively along with Canada and Greylag geese and that was it apart from a good count of Mipits.
                                         A stop off at the Nolstar field on the way home mid morning produced a count of 112 Golden Plover in the field looking very impressive. Once they catch sight of you they all crouch down in the grass so only their heads are showing.
                                          A knock back with the Canon 7d mk2 camera today when the camera shop rang to say they had found another problem with the camera which would take the repair price up from £300 to £700 so told them to scrap it. Another camera bites the dust so I,ll have to struggle on with the Canon 7d mk1 and the small 300mm lens.
BS

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Back to winter, Fly Flatts. (permit only)

 

             A highly unusual photo, Ringed Plovers in the snow.

                                     Snowy scenes this morning at Fly Flatts.


                                                   The Nab
                                      The Nab and the Bumps,
                                                    South bank
                                          Bad news for the ground nesting birds.
         Snowed thawed by p.m.     Goldies at Nolstar.
                                      Heavy hail showers p.m.
                                            The brave sailors take to the water.
                                                  Blizzard conditions.

Heavy overnight snow left treacherous roads and a 3" covering of snow at Fly Flatts with a temperature of minus 1 degree but blue skies and sunshine on a N>3 . By mid afternoon the sun had shifted most of the snow with temperatures up to 5 degrees and a very light W>2 which put a stop to the sail boats. Heavy hail showers came through one after the other , some with hailstones the size of pot-nurs.
                                                              Very quiet in the conditions with the 2 Ringed Plovers looking out of place in the snow, not the type of weather they are used to. A few Snipe were up chipping with 3 Raven overhead. Otherwise it was down to the usual geese, Lapwings, Curlews etc, it still being too cold on the tops to entice a second wave of Wheatear or Ring Ouzels, the latter arriving  23rd March last year with 5 in the boatyard.
                                           Back at the Nolstar field, late p.m. when the snow had thawed, 117 Golden Plover were present, all carefully checked for Dotterel.
BS

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Shelduck visit Fly Flatts and Goldie numbers rise.

 



                                  3 welcome guests this morning, Shelduck

                                         2 female, 1 male.



                                          Up and away >N


                                    Golden Plover in the Nolstar field







                                                Ringed Plovers using the boat compound.

Went in search of Ringed Plover and on my return they were waiting
                                     by the car.




By late afternoon Goldie numbers were up to 83
                                        as well as 13 Skylark.

                                   Goldies in flight.




Another frosty morning at Fly Flatts with the lagoon frozen over but only lightly with the temp at 2 degrees on a E>3 turning SE>3 mid afternoon with clear skies and sunshine until nearing the end of the watch when the sky clouded and heavy hail showers could be seen all around the lower ground but missing Fly Flatts.
                             Three distant white blobs at the north end of the water turned out to be 2 female and 1 male Shelduck when I walked the west bank. The trio didnt stay long before lifting off and away high and north.
               No small waders to be found this morning but the pair of Ringed Plovers appeared this afternoon. I walked the west bank the full length checking the bank and shore but nothing until I got back into the boat compound to find the pair at the side of my car. They spent the rest of the afternoon around the compound.
              Very little else of note other than 2 LBBs on the water before heading off >SE.
               A check of the Nolstar field on my way this morning produced 48 Golden Plovers whilst a check mid afternoon on my way back up to the reservoir produced around 40 giving some good aerial displays. Good to bump into Mick Harrop up there checking out the Goldies, always good to put a face to a name. 
On the way home, another check of the Goldies found the numbers had increased to 83 with 13 Skylark in the same field.

Fly Flatts
2f 1m Shelduck
1 pr Ringed Plover
2 LBB gull
83 Golden Plover.....Nolstar
13 Skylark................Nolstar.
+ usual sp.