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No sightings of Roe Deer, Hare or Badger will be mentioned on this blog throughout the year and links will be removed from other blogs giving the whereabouts of these mammals due to the rising influx of poaching, long dogging and lamping by sick individuals.
BS




Thursday, June 30, 2022

Fly Flatts, Curlews, Wheatears and wader chicks. (permit only).

 

                                        More Wheatear arrive, 
                                                 juv Wheatear


                                                        Ringed Plover chick
                                           Juv Lapwing
                                                   Few Dunlins present
                                            Juv Lapwing
                                              Ringed Plover chick in its 6th day.
                                          Ad male watching on.
                                                           Dunlin and Ringed Plover



                                              Common Sandpiper chick

Another morning of good conditions with a SW>2 inc 3 with full cloud at 12 degrees. Visibility was slightly impaired with the dark clouds throwing areas into silhouette.
                               A hectic morning with the shore alive with waders and chicks as well as a continuation in movement with more Curlews over >SE and the arrival of more Wheatear with 2 adult female, 1 adult male and a single juv which is a good record for June for this area. Swifts fliied the air again all feeding and slowly drifting >S whilst 3 LBB gulls headed >NE.
                               Into July tomorrow and a critical month for moving waders where anything can turn up, watch this space.

Any relevant reports will also be published on Trektellen from now.
 
Fly Flatts
1 pr Ringed Plover + 1 chick
6 Dunlin
3 Common Sandpiper + 2 chicks
2 Redshank + 2 chicks
4 Lapwing + 8 juvs all fledged
1 Snipe
2 Curlew present
12 Curlew....................>SE
4 Wheatear,  2 ad female,  1 ad male, 1 juv
1 Kestrel
3 LBB.................>NE
sev Swifts...........>S
+ usual sp.
BS

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The move is on, Curlews and Wheatear. Fly Flatts(permit only)

 

                                          Curlews on the move, 16 >SE


                                  Sigh of relief with the Ringed Plover chick showing up.
                          Not found yesterday but safely into its 5th day.
                                        Grey Wagtail, not common at this site.
                                            2 noisy Ravens over heading for the Nab.

                                    Dunlin enjoying the north shore mud.
                                     First returning Wheatear, ad male.
                                    Starting to moult from summer plumage.
                                        Very wet after a heavy shower, but so was I.



Some very heavy rain to kick off with low cloud over the turbines which blew over leaving 80% cloud on a S>4. Visibility was good at 11 degrees.
                       A much livelier morning with first real signs of movement when 3 groups of noisy Curlew headed over high above the water with 16 in all moving coast-bound >SE, this coincides with SJs report for Manchester on Trek. The first returning Wheatear arrived with a single adult male still in summer plumage but showing signs of moult. This must be a local breeder as its only the second June returning bird I,ve had over previous years and all my early returns in early July are juvs.
                    Panic over for now with yesterdays missing Ringed Plover chick when it re appeared today being well guarded with both adults and into its 5th day, whilst 3 fledged Redshank and 1 fledged Common Sandpiper were also present.
                     Down to 5 Dunlin today mostly staying at the north end where there are large expanses of muddy shore, an area that the Redshanks also enjoy. A single Grey Wagtail was a surprise for this site where I,m hoping for a Yellow Wag but no joy yet.
                      Just the one LBB gull over today as well as 2 Raven heading for the Nab where they have failed to breed this year. Again, skies full of Swifts all >S.
BS

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A morning of disturbance, Fly Flatts, (permit only)

 

                                           Alive with Swifts throughout.


                                        Ringed Plover pair but no sign of chick ?


                                              Usual Common Sandpipers
                                       A sea of Canadas.
                               When I said I needed a diver I didnt expect a van full



                                               First Diver this year.


                                       A good morning for Dunlin

OGDEN                                    Very few gulls, LBBs and Black Headeds


                                     Looks like an eye problem
                                     Unless it,s due to moulting.

Another windy morning at Fly Flatts with a S>4 inc >5 at 11 degrees and full cloud.
                                     Lots of YW activity going on this morning with engineers and divers working on the depth gauge so birding was limited.
 Dunlins were the bird of the morning with around 12 present but mobile with the disturbance whilst the pair of Ringed Plover had moved positions with no sign of the chick as yet but possibly just lying low.
                                   Otherwise just the usual species and once again swarms of Swifts low over the water throughout the watch.
                               A late afternoon check on the Ogden gulls was a quick job with just 12 LBB, 1 Herring and 6 Black Headed plus the usual Heron, drake Tufted, 1 Gt Crested Grebe and a Grey Wagtail.
BS