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BS




Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Another month gone, Fly Flatts/ Ogden.

 

FLY FLATTS                        1 of 2 Snipe up drumming.
                                       The drumming noise is made with the 2 feathers by the tail
                                                   Still 3 Wheatear present
                                         Usual Ringed Plovers 
                                             and Common Sandpipers
OGDEN                                    1 pair Tufted still present
                                                     Return of the 2 Gt Crested Grebe.

A very calm but wet morning at Fly Flatts with a SW>2 and light rain throughout becoming heavy by 0945 hrs at 7 degrees. The heavy showers continued throughout the day.
                                I was hoping for a hat trick mega wader to see the month out but it turned out to be a very quiet morning with low numbers of the usual waders. Most of the activity was on the mud at the north end of the water but too misty to scope properly though there did,nt seem to be anything unusual there.
         One good note to finish the month on was I briefly re located the Ringed Plover chick which I had given up for dead. The chick is growing well and looks much less vulnerable to what it did the last time I saw it.
            Another pleasing note was at Ogden this afternoon to find that the juv Mute Swan had finally moved on, a worry less for me, and certainly for Judy who was very concerned for the birds welfare.
           The 2 Gt Crested Grebes are back on the water at Ogden as well as the pair of Tufted duck and about a dozen LBB gulls. Luckily it rained at Ogden, once again keeping the crowds away.
            Into June tomorrow which is a strange month which can be rather quiet but a month where anything can turn up. June usually provides Common Scoter and Yellow Legged Herring gull at Fly Flatts although gulls have been poor so far this month with small groups at the north end and only one day of a triple figure count.
BS

Monday, May 30, 2022

Fly Flatts, Spring Bank Surprise. (permit only)

OGDEN                                Mute Swan looking healthier

                                                    1 pair Tufted duck.
FLY FLATTS                                5 Dunlins present

                                              Ringed Plover in the lagoon
                                                   2 Wheatear feeding young
                                                     Oystercatcher




                                                 A welcome visitor, Black Tailed Godwit.

                                                 in to land


                                    Suspect female, too early for juv.




 A very dark and wet morning with a moderate SW>4 and heavy drizzle at 8 degrees, my kind of weather which seems to be what the waders like also.
                                    A second mega wader in the same number of days with a stonking Black Tailed Godwit feeding with the Dunlins. After about 15 minutes it did a circuit of the Flat Moor before heading off >W. It was July last year when I had a visit from a Black Tailed Godwit but no Bar Tailed Godwit at this site since May 2011.
 Otherwise it was busy wader wise but just the usual species.
                          Mid afternoon and a risky visit to Ogden, it being school holidays , but with steady rain it was surprisingly quiet with very few people around.
                         The idea of the visit was to check the juv Mute Swan which seemed much improved since last week and was moving around the water freely and feeding well.
                        Otherwise it was just down to a pair of Tufted and 6 LBBs on the water plus 2 Heron and the usual warblers etc.
BS

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Fly Flatts, everything comes to he who waits, mega target bird.

 

                                           A good day for Dunlin


                                            Swifts piling >SE throughout





                                             Bonus bird, ad breeding Turnstone



                                                2 of 3 Ringed Plover

                                                      2 Curlew chicks


A cold NE>3 at Fly Flatts this morning but clear with broken cloud and some sunshine at 7 degrees.
                                  The morning looked ideal with some east in the wind which usually brings something in to Fly Flatts and this morning was no exception. Terns were the expected feature ,which did,nt happen, although a Black Headed gull fast and low over the water made me look twice.
                                    A good count of  Dunlin to start the morning off as well as the usual Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers, Redshanks etc as well as 4 Wheatear and 2 Curlew chicks by the side of the track.
         A walk on the west bank provided me with a target bird I,ve been looking daily for but not had this species for 2 years so well pleased to find an adult breeding Turnstone on the cobbles which was unfortunately soon moved on by a Ringed Plover. The bird called and headed off high >SE.

Fly Flatts
1 Turnstone
3 Ringed Plover
9 Dunlin
4 Common Sandpiper
3 Redshank
2 Snipe
several Swift...........>SE
4 Wheatear
+ usual sp.
BS

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Fly Flatts with the waders.( permit only)

 

                            Plenty waders to check through today,  f. Ringed Plover
                                                              Dunlin


                                                 Several Curlew now have chicks




                                         2 ad 3 juv Stonechat


                                           Common Sandpiper




                                   Surprising how much smaller Dunlin is to Ringed Plover.
                                     Pied Wag with chick food and Dunlin


                                                    Reed Bunting








A calmer morning at Fly Flatts with a light N>2 with broken cloud and some sunshine at 10 degrees.
                                           Waders are coming and going daily now with more Dunlin and Ringed Plover present and all very lively feeding along the shoreline.
                           The Stonechat family, or another , was present with male and female plus 3 juvs whilst the pair of Pied Wagtail were busy feeding their young.
Just 2 Wheatear showing today and very few gulls with 5 Herring on the NW bank . 

FLY FLATTS
8 Dunlin
6 Common Sandpiper
4 Ringed Plover
1 Oystercatcher
5 Redshank
2 Pied Wagtail
2 Wheatear
5 Herring gull
1m Reed Bunting
+ usual sp.
BS