Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fly Flatts and Mixenden

Fly Flatts
Blowing a westerly gale this morning with light drizzle. I was thinking maybe Common Scoter time as they often turn up on local reservoirs during the summer.

It was tricky finding any waders in the conditions as it was difficult standing up never mind holding the bins or scope still. A couple of distant Redshank, some Curlew and Lapwing but the smaller waders were out of site.

c300 Canada Geese with plenty of growing chicks still in the long grass.

6 Herring Gulls. 2 Black-headed Gulls and around 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were all struggling >W

40+ Swifts though were scything through the air cutting through it like nothing to it !
One wader that was well stuck and not doing very well at all this morning !
Withens Head
A little more shelter there, though even the waders were close behind the walls with 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew and a Lapwing along with a small group of fledged Starlings
Mixenden Reservoir
Maybe 40+ House Martins feeding over the sheltered part of the reservoir but no other hirundines with them.
2 Canada Geese
Female Goldeneye still there


Brian Sumner . said...

Lucky the 4x4 got bogged down otherwise he would have driven straight through the breeding area. Swifts still coming through tonight.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Picked a tough place to go birding today Dave.
Great count of House Martin.
I'm only seeing ones and twos.