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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Fly Flatts, another day with the wildfowl. (permit only)

 

                                      41 Greylag dropped onto the water before heading >SW
                                           Pink Footed Geese moving east. Long distance
                                                                   shown on full contrast.


                                        6 large skeins all to the south of me.




   A pair of Black Redstarts were present yesterday but gone today.   Female shown.



Another day of good moving conditions at Fly Flatts with a NW>3 and blue sunny skies at 10 degrees. Moving fog banks threatened to spoil the job but these never really developed into much and soon cleared.
            Just as I arrived a flock of Greylag geese dropped onto the water, coming in from the NE. A rare species for this site and unknown in a flock this size. After 10 minutes on the water they continued on their journey heading >SW, low over the moor.
              Whilst this was going on Meadow Pipits, Woodpigs and a few Redwing were moving to the west of me but this soon fizzled out.
                 Next it was the turn of the Pinkies again all moving east and all to the south of me with none over my air space. A total of 6 skeins went over with a count of 1182 geese, an awesome sight for the 4th morning running and conditions forecast the same for tomorrow.
              An hour mid afternoon produced 4 Cormorants high and >SW whilst 2 Buzzard were up together enjoying the thermals.
             A pair of Black Redstarts appeared yesterday by the lagoon but had moved on today. Difficult to say whether these are the same birds as seen previously or new birds through. The female is definitely a new bird but the other 2 were both males with a hint of a black bib, possible 1st winter males.

Fly Flatts
67 Mipits................>S
9 Redwing.............>SW
2 Redwing............>N,  bounce backs
92 Woodpigs........>SW
4 Cormorant........>SW
41 Greylag..........>SW,  after landing on water.
1182 Pinkies.......>E,  6 skeins,  262, 127, 233, 311, 113, 136.
2 Buzzard
3 Kestrel
+ usual sp.
BS