Saturday, 29 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 29/10/11 08.00am (7°c) Cool, cloudy. Wind increasing (S) F2/3

'Migration status quo'
Visible Migration:-
1 Brambling
101 Fieldfare (87➝S/SW) (1➝W) (13 in)
85 Redwing (64➝S/SW) (21➝W/SW)
14 Siskin (12➝S) 
2 Redpoll sp (1➝N) (1➝S)
14 Chaffinch➝W
107 Starling➝W
716 Wood Pigeon➝S/SW
1 Cormorant➝S/SE
1 Raven ➝NW
Fieldfare and Cormorant 29/10/11

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 26/10/11 08.00am (5°c) Cool, clear skies and patchy high cloud (S/SE) F2

'The late late show!'
(1) House Martin flew over the Top Footpath/Grange Farm (a new latest date for Lutley Wedge, the previous latest date was way back on 23/10/2006).  Thrush numbers were down but there was a notable movement of Meadow Pipit, with (38) heading South, a good count for late October.
Visible migration:-
1 House Martin➝S/SE
46 Meadow Pipit (38➝S)
49 Redwing (45➝S/SW) (4➝E)
29 Fieldfare (25➝S/SW) (4➝SE)
4 Song Thrush (2➝W/SW) (2 in)
5 alba Wagtail➝S
129 Starling➝W/SW
2 Bullfinch➝S
3 Siskin (2➝S/SE)
10 Redpoll sp➝S/SE
House Martin 26/10/11 
(The latest date for House Martin at Lutley Wedge in 16 years of recording!)

Redwing and Meadow Pipit 26/10/11

Monday, 24 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 24/10/11 07.55am (12°c) Cloudy and windy (SE) F3/4

'Starlings Surge'
A virtually finch free morning in a strong SE wind other than a few Siskin and Redpoll moving though Woodpig's ploughed on regardless, most contouring low and S/SW and there was a slight upturn in numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare moving. Starlings were the big movers however with packs flying through from first light heading through low across the wind followed by some large high flocks later coming in from the E/NE.
Visible Migration:-
1,045 Starling ➝W (largest flock 180)
173 Redwing (141➝S/SW) (largest flock 26)
88 Fieldfare (77➝S/SW) (10➝W) (1 in) (largest flock 38)
518 Wood Pigeon➝S/SW
7 Siskin (6➝SW) (1➝W)
5 Redpoll sp➝S
3 alba Wagtail➝S
A fiery rise into obscurity! 24/10/11

Redwing 24/10/11

Early Starling 'packs' low, to a high wave of Sturnus! 24/10/11

Friday, 21 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 21/10/11 07.50am (8°c) Cool, cloudy overcast. Wind (SW) F2/3

A Rock Pipit flew over heading West at 11.00am (the first record at Lutley Wedge),  otherwise it was fairly quiet but with a trickle of Chaffinches flying over throughout, and including at least one Brambling heard early on. Cormorants were the other notable mover today with 5 flying through, along with a single Common Gull.
Visible Migration :-
1 Rock Pipit ➝W
103 Redwing (49➝S/SW) (5➝SE) (31➝W) (16➝N/NW) 
25 Fieldfare(9➝W/SW) (16➝S)
1 Brambling➝W
133 Chaffinch➝W
9 Siskin (4➝S/SE) (2➝E) (3➝N)
14 Meadow Pipit (8➝W/SW) (6 in)
2 alba Wagtail➝S (+25 Pied Wagtail in horse paddocks)
36 Goldfinch (28➝S)
31 Starling➝W (+125 Grange Barns) 
1 Common Gull➝SW
1 Herring Gull➝NW
5 Cormorant➝N/NE
Skies on fire! A stunning sunrise this morning 21/10/11

Fieldfare, Redwing and carbo's! 21/10/11

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 16/10/11 07.30am-11.30am (11°c) Cool, cloudy with patchy low cloud and light rain/drizzle Wind (SW) F2/3

With the wind switching around to the SW and the bird rich easterlies disappearing as quickly as they arrived, it was a much quieter day today. Vis mig was not helped by low cloud closing in rapidly this morning followed by patchy light rain and drizzle. Migrant Thrush numbers are seemingly falling rapidly as migration tails off though 4 Brambling were seen with a ♂ dropping in along the Top Footpath, and another ♀/1st winter in a garden along Lutley Brook (P.Clement),  2 Common Snipe flew high West at 10.45am.
Visible Migration:-
2 Common Snipe➝W
4 Brambling (1➝W) (1➝N) (2 in)
357 Redwing (247➝S/SW) (77➝W) (4➝N) (9➝E/NE) (20 in) 
61 Fieldfare (27➝S/SW) (7➝W) (2➝E) (25 in)
9 Song Thrush (6➝S/SW) (1➝W) (2➝W in)
3 Blackbird➝W/SW
9 Thrush sp➝SW
14 Meadow Pipit (7➝S/SW) (7 in)
26 alba Wagtail (19➝S) (1➝W) (6 in)
100 Starling➝W
3 Redpoll sp (2➝SW)
11 Siskin (5➝S/SW) (4➝N) (1➝E) (1 in)
25 Goldfinch➝S
31 Chaffinch➝W

1 Red Admiral➝E/SE
First light 16/10/11

A brilliant sunrise through the fractus and the first 'Woodpigs' and Starling packs on the move. 
Song Thrush 'dropping out' 16/10/11

Friday, 14 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 14/10/11 07.20am-11.50am (12°c) Cool, grey and overcast skies (clearing to the W/NW later). Wind (E/SE) F2/3

After yesterdays big Thrush arrival, there were signs of heavy nocturnal migration last night with many calls of Redwing and also Song Thrush heard. On the patch Redwing and Fieldfare were moving through in numbers again this morning and also a few continental Blackbird and Song Thrush, the first Brambling this autumn flew over and there was some Westerly Starling and Skylark passage. A single Goosander flew through very high to the East at 08.10am and a couple of late Swallow were seen heading South.
Visible Migration:-
1 Goosander ➝E/SE
1 Lapwing ➝SW
2 Swallow ➝S
790 Redwing ➝S/SW (largest flocks of 40)
610 Fieldfare ➝S/SW (largest flocks 82, 85)
18 Song Thrush (16➝S/SW) (2➝SE)
4 Blackbird (3➝S) (1 in)
5 Brambling (2➝NW) (1➝W) (2 heard)
15 Chaffinch ➝W 
21 Redpoll sp (7➝W) (8➝S/SE) (2➝N) (1➝E) (3 in)
15 Siskin (14➝S/SE) (1➝N)
14 Goldfinch ➝S
264 Starling➝W/SW
15 Meadow Pipit (10 in) (3➝E) (2➝SW)
16 alba Wagtail ➝S
40 Skylark ➝W/SW
Dawn and a fiery sunrise under heavily overcast skies 14/10/11

High level 'Goose' heading East 14/10/11

High and low level 'Thrushage' 14/10/11

Some of the masses today! Fieldfare and Song Thrush 14/10/11

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 13/10/11 07.00am-12.00pm (13°c) Mild, broken cloud overhead but surrounding low cloud.. Wind (E/SE) F1/2

For days the forecast/weather charts had looked epic, especially after a seemingly endless run this autumn of low pressure and Westerlies. A high pressure system finally moved East into Scandanavia and the Continent overnight, and today the Easterlies duly delivered.
There was a big arrival of Thrushes with a lot of flocks coming through very high in the still conditions and as the cloud base lifted, (14) Crossbill, and the first Snipe and Stonechat on the patch this Autumn. A good arrival but Thrushes were perhaps not in the hoped for numbers, possibly due to the fact that even though there was a window of broken skies overhead first thing, the surrounding low cloud, poor vis and general 'clag' seemed to supress a lot of migration further out early on.
As it warmed up and the cloud lifted a couple of Red Admiral were also seen actively migrating with one picked out circling up to a hundred feet or so before heading off SW, the other more typically tazzing through SW at knee top level! (N.b 3 Red Admiral also seen heading SW at Black Bank, Staffs today)

Visible Migration :-
1 Common Snipe ➝W (then dropped in)
1♂ Stonechat
14 Crossbill ➝S
560 Redwing ➝S/SW
250 Fieldfare ➝S/SW
6 Song Thrush (2➝N) (1➝SW) (1➝E) (2 in)
41 Meadow Pipit (36➝S/SW)
22 alba Wagtail ➝S/SW
9 Swallow ➝S
20 Siskin (8➝N) (11➝S/SW/SE)
6 Goldfinch ➝S
1 Redpoll sp ➝E
7 Bullfinch (5➝SE) (2➝N)
1 Raven ➝E/SE
1 Grey Heron ➝SW
3 Herring Gull (2➝W) (1➝N)

2 Red Admiral ➝SW
Pre-dawn, first light and broken skies above, but surrounding ominous clag!

13/10/11 Some of today's visible migrants, Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin and Red Admiral! 

Stonechat 13/10/11

Monday, 3 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 03/10/11 07.20am-09.50am (16°c) Mild and overcast. Wind (S/SW) F2/3

Meadow Pipits and alba Wagtails were again the main movers this morning. Siskin numbers have dropped off dramatically in the last few days, but there were the first signs of some East➝West Chaffinch passage with small numbers flying through high. 
Visible migration:-
1 Swallow ➝S
214 Meadow Pipit ➝S/SW  largest flocks of (20) (14) (11) (10)+(10)
53 alba Wagtails ➝S  largest flock of (12)+(10)
3 Song Thrush (1 in)
5 Siskin (3➝S/SW) (2➝W)
47 Goldfinch (28➝S)
15 Chaffinch ➝W
35 Canada Geese (20➝SE) (15➝W)

'The sweet sound of vis mig!' Meadow Pipit (flight call and sonogram) 3/10/11

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 02/10/11 07.20am-10.20am (15°c) Warm and sunny, patchy high cloud. Wind (S/SW) F1-3

A juvenile Peregrine flew through heading West at 10.10am (the first this autumn). Again vis mig was pretty slow first thing other than a trickle of mainly alba Wagtails going over, however a pulse of Mipits got going from about 8.40am, with most groups passing very high overhead into the light headwind. 

Visible Migration:-
1 Peregrine ➝W
184 Meadow Pipit ➝S (including flocks of 17, 15, 12 and 10)
46 alba Wagtail ➝S
18 Swallow ➝S
7 Siskin ➝S
4 Redpoll (3➝SW) (1➝SE)
49 Goldfinch ➝S
1 Reed Bunting ➝W
4 Canada Geese ➝W

1 Chiffchaff

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Lutley Wedge 01/10/11 07.20am-10.00am (14°c/27°c) Warm and sunny, patchy high cloud. Wind (NE/SSE) F1-2

Visible migration:-
81 Meadow Pipit ➝S/SW
48 alba Wagtail ➝S
11 Swallow ➝S
17 House Martin ➝S
12 Siskin (10➝S) (2 in)
25 Goldfinch ➝S
6 Chaffinch (3➝S) (3➝W)
1 Reed Bunting ➝W
2 Song Thrush ➝W/SW (in)

2 Chiffchaff
2 Red Admiral ➝S/SW
Sunrise, high cloud and contrails looking East 1/10/11

Mipits, alba's and Swallows 1/10/11