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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fly Flatts.

 Yes I know, more Common Sandpipers, but not a
               lot of choice today.

        Dark clouds approaching from the west
                                       A good count of Curlew.

Fly Flatts 1530 -1700 hrs. Strong SW>5 gusting 6 with a mixture of sunshine and showers, the showers being torrential.
                                          A photographers nightmare today with one minute blue skies and sunshine, the next as black as night. the torrential showers appearing from nowhere but only lasting around 10 minutes a time. A lot of the shoreline is now submerged but still enough to hold waders.
Amazing to watch a hardy windsurfer out on the water in such conditions nearly breaking the sound barrier as he raced from one end of the water to the other at a great rate of knots. How they hold on to those things I,ll never know, even the torrential rain did,nt ground him.
                                                              A lot of wader activity but everything flighty in the conditions and only the usual species present. Curlews are back in good numbers now that the chicks are out with 8 adults in the air together by the top gate as I left, obviously spooked by something over the moor.
Very little in the sky other than Herring and LBB gulls although conditions were perfect for, Terns, Kittiwakes and Little gull but not tonight Josephine.
                                                 A feeding party of around 50 Swifts moved through between showers slowly heading >N whilst all gull movement was >SW into the wind.
The rain is forecast for a few days yet so the reservoir watch continues.
Many thanks to blog watcher Charlie Streets for the kind comment he put on yesterdays blog.

11 Curlew
4 Redshank
1 Dunlin
3 Snipe
4 Golden Plover
6 Herring gull
14 LBB gull
c50 Swift
+ usual sp.
BS

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