Friday, 30 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 30th September 2011

(This mornings skyscape from Hutton Roof towards Ingleborough - double click over photo to enlarge)

Visible Bird Migration - Friday September 30th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 1100hrs.
Wind: E 8-10mph
Movement: S unless stated

This mornings count was just steady plodding. Tits were definately on the increase. 1st (presumed) Continental Blackbird. First day of Starling squadrons coming over in groups, presumed to have left roost at Leighton Moss (early doors). Two Twite parties, and a Marsh Harrier had to be the bonus....

Chaffinch: 252 (15,10s,7s etc) in the main W, some SE
Meadow Pipits: 286 (Best parties: 11,10s,8s etc) all strict S
Goldfinch: 51 (best parties 8,8,8,7,6) all S or W
Siskin: 24 minimum (best party 5, missed at least 9 parties)
Greenfinch: 4 only E
Linnet: 45 (best parties: 14,11,5) all S or W
Redpoll: 6E (one party 5)
Twite: 5E (3,2)
Starling: 80E, 20W (East move probably ex roost)
Alba Wagtail: 29 (all singles or pairs S)
Reed Bunting: 2
Skylark: 14 (one 3 others pairs)
Blackbird: 1 (W, from behaviour presumed Continental!)
Mistle Thrush: 2
Woodpigeon: 6E
Raven: 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1SE
Green Woodpecker: 1SW
Blue Tit: 16 (in 2-4 parties)
Coal Tit: 10 (one party)
Great Tit: 6
Marsh Harrier: 1
Peregrine: 1
Buzzard: 3 (never sure, but seemed to be movers)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Levens Park Black Fallow Deer Photo.....

(Click over photo to enlarge)

A little belated, but yesterday had a lovely walk around Levens Park. Was lucky enough to get close enough to the Black Fallow

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 29th September 2011

(This mornings skyscape from Hutton Roof looking SE - Click over image to enlarge)

Visible Bird Migration - Thursday September 29th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 1000hrs.
Wind: For most of Count E/SW 8-10mph, then changed to W 5-8mph.
Movement: South unless stated.

Today was very similar to the past couple of days. 90% of totals recorded in the first hour, thereafter trickles. A little down on the Chaffinch. Lots of Siskin parties missed, could be heard but not seen. Woodpigeons more today in singles pairs or small parties. Greenfinch mainly to the East. Also today more Chaffinches East than West which is not the norm and would think that this is probably because they do like to fly into of side on with the wind. Starling now beginning to increase (definately Continental influx starting.. Odd Song Thrushes skirting across the road on way up to Hutton at first thing. No Mistles or calls from other Thrushes today.

Meadow Pipit: 323 (best parties: 14,14,10,10,11,10,10,8).
Chaffinch: 217 (best parties: 10,10,7,7 and 5s)
Linnet: 34 (mainly South - early door parties of 12,7,5)
Greenfinch: 19 all East
Redpoll: 7 all West
Goldfinch: 29 (best parties: 8,15)
Siskin: 25 minimum (lots of parties missed)
Bullfinch: 1
Reed Bunting: 1
Starling: 22 E
Alba Wagtail: 16
Grey Wagtail: 1.
Swallow: 6
Woodpigeon: 19 E (in singles, pairs and one party of 9)
Blue Tit: 8 (in pairs or 3s)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1SE

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 28th September 2011

Visible Bird Mirgration - Wednesday September 28th 2011
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 0930hrs.
Wind: Westerley 8mph, dry and sunny with blue skies.
Movement: S unless stated.

Today was OK with lots of movement, eg: Greenfinches starting up, Lots of Siskin and also seven parties missed. Another Redwing call, and a Chiffchaff singing away in the bush at my side about 4 metres away from me. 95% off all the below count was coming through in the first hour and by 0800hrs things started to go quiet, just trickles over the next hour and a half.

Meadow Pipit: 296 (best parties: 30, 17, 10s)
Chaffinch: 281 (best parties: 11s,10s) 41E all others W.
Siskin: 72 minimum, lots missed eg at least 7 parties. (Mainly S but some W)
Greenfinch: 23 E or W
Goldfinch: 37 some S,E,W.
Redpoll: 12 SW
Linnet: 3
Reed Bunting: 4
Alba Wagtail: 7
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1W
Skylark: 12 (8,4,4)
Redwing: 1 at least possibly more - heard only.
Blue Tit: 5

also Chiffchaff: 1

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 27th September 2011

(Skyscape this morning at Hutton Roof 0715hrs)

Visible Bird Migration - Tuesday September 27th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 0800hrs
Wind: SW 12-15mph.
Movement: South unless stated.

Chaffinches on the increase.

Meadow Pipits: 138 (best parties: 20,10,10,10)
Chaffinch: 158 (best parties: plenty of 6s) 90% W 10% E
Goldfinch: 19 (one party 15)
Linnet: 2
Siskin: 5
Golden Plover: 1W
Woodpigeon: 1E
Alba Wagtail: 6
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1
Starling: 3E
Swallow: 1E

Monday, 26 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 26th September 2011

Visible Bird Migration - Monday September 26th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 1100hrs.
Wind: W5mph increasing to WNW 15mph.
Movement: South unless stated.

Today without doubt from about 0730hrs to 0800hrs was the best Mipit push so far for Hutton Roof, with many parties of 10s, 13s,12s etc. and coming through regular during this short period. It then seemed to die off quickly, and just trickles after. I also later realised that many birds where being missed, because although I could hear them (just about) I could not see them at first, but did eventually catch glimpses of odd ones at very high altitude. Also had a Redwing call but did not see the bird.

Meadow Pipit: 495 (90% of count during 0730hrs to 0800hrs) best parties: 13,12,11,10s etc.
Chaffinch: 122 (will have been lots more than this but missed) 90% W the others E as is usual.
Goldfinch: 26
Siskin: 5
Linnet: 5 W
Greenfinch: 2E (usually East)
Starling: 24E
Swallow: 11 (E and W)
House Martin: 1
Woodpigeon: 2 W
Alba Wagtail: 9
Skylark: 9 SW
Raven: 2S
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 4W
Reed Bunting: 1W

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 25th September 2011

(This morning's skyscape photo at 0730hrs - Hutton Roof)

Visible Bird Migration - Sunday September 25th 2011
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 1130hrs.
Wind: SSW 8-12mph then S, Dry 50% Cloud 50% Clear.
Movement: South unless stated.

A far better day, not breaking any pots, but a "steady" plodding sort of morning, with a nice mixture.
Several medium to large Mipit parties, took to be earlier blogging parties from afar North. Skylarks showing well. Goldfinches seemed to be everywhere. Greenfinches all individuals going East.

Meadow Pipit: 610 (all S or SW or SE)
Chaffinch: 292 (90% W 10% E)
Greenfinch: 19 (18E and 1W)
Linnet: 20
Goldfinch: 96S some W & some E
Reed Bunting: 4SW
Alba Wagtail: 21 (one without tail)
Siskin: 20 minimum (lots of parties heard but not seen)
Redpoll: 2W
Starling: 5E
Swallow: 78 (mainly S some NW)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 3 (2W 1E)
Skylark: 34 (best party 8,5,5,4)
Common Snipe: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 2W
also Willow Warbler: 1

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 24th September 2011

Visible Bird Migration - Saturday September 24th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0800hrs - 1000hrs
Wind: S then SSW 15mph. Drizzle at first to light rain.
Movement: S unless stated.

Yet another quiet day, blocked with gusty Southerly winds and rain throughout.

Meadow Pipit: 59
Chaffinch: 75 (90%W and 10%E)
Goldfinch: 4 (2E)
Linnet: 3
Reed Bunting: 3
Redpoll: 2E
Bullfinch: 2W
Siskin: 2W
Greenfinch: 1E
Swallow: 10W
Mistle Thrush: 8 (3,3,2)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Starling: 5 (2E, 3W).
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1W.

also a small party of geese S-N see at far distance in the Bay.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof and Shore Road Carnforth (23rd Sept 2011)

Visible Bird Migration - Friday September 23rd 2011
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 0945hrs.
Wind: W 20mph
Movement: South unless stated.

The Mipits never came on Hutton Roof, The wind instead of being SW as forecasted it turned out to be West and at strength. This seemed again to block any potential push today. Nice to see Geoff E....

Meadow Pipit: 161
Chaffinch: 139 (mainly W)
Goldfinch: 24 (one party 25)
Redpoll: 11
Linnet: 8
Alba Wagtail: 17
Woodpigeon: 1
Mistle Thrush: 3W
Swallow: 2

also: Chiffchaff.

Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
1000hrs - 1130hrs
Wind: SW 15-20mph
Movement: South unless stated.

Meadow Pipit: 134
Chaffinch: 26
Linnet: 30
Swallow: 43
House Martin: 21
Skylark: 27
Goldfinch: 14
Starling: 2E
Alba Wagtail: 7
Pink Footed Goose: 24 (one skein)
Lapwing: 13.
Curlew: 10W (one party 9)
Black Tailed Godwit (1W)

Also: Wheatear (1 grounded), probable - Golden Plover 1W, 1 Kestrel (probably local)

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 22nd September 2011

Visible Bird Migration - Thursday September 22nd 2011 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
Wind: Still pretty strong on Westerley 15-20mph
Weather: Dry, 50% Cloud to South 50% Blue Sky above and to North.
Movement: Strict South with Mipits, Mainly West with Finches. all others South unless stated.

Today was without doubt the first day of showing Mipit built up with parties going through (in the first hour) in regular sizes of 8s and 10s, the best being 21 and two parties at 12. Expected more albas today, which usually coincide with the Mipits on build up. The weather, wind etc still looks OK for a good mipit push tomorrow! The finches maybe a little later.

Meadow Pipit: 361 (best party 21, 12,12,10,10,11,10,10)
Chaffinch: 136 (90% to the West, 10% to the East)
Greenfinch: 2W
Goldfinch: 60 (Best parties 12,10,8 mainly W odd couple E)
Linnet: 22 (one party 10 all W)
Redpoll: 1
Siskin: 4
Skylark: 2
Alba Wagtail: 3
Pink Footed Goose: 12SE
Goosander: 3W
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1W (also forgot, but one yesterday W as well)
Swallow: 10 (1E, 9S)

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 21st September 2011

Visible Bird Migration - Wednesday September 21st 2011- Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
Wind: SW/W 20-22mph with gust to 30
Weater: Dry, 80% Cloud, 20% Blue Sky NW-SE
Movement: West unless stated.

Today was poor with strong blocking Westerley winds, very few Mipits went through and although the Chaffinch did fair better, they also where down in numbers, also it was noted that today all Chaffinches went West/South West, there was none going East with the tailwind. At the moment I think Friday looks perhaps a better day for movement....

Meadow Pipit: 50 (a few South/South East but mainly SW or even W)
Chaffinch: 100 exactly (all W or SW)
Alba Wagtail: 6
Starling: 15E (One party)
Goldfinch: 18
Linnet: 2
Siskin: 1
Swallow: 2NW
Mistle Thrush: 8.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - 20th September 2011

Visible Migration – 20th September 2011 – Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs to 0900hrs
Wind: Westerley 8mph
Dry, 50% bright blue skies to NW. Cloudy below (NW-SE)
Movement: South unless stated.

Meadow Pipit: 139 (S, SE, SW best parties 8s and 9s)
Chaffinch: 118 (S and E but mainly West – best parties 6s, 5s)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Grey Wagtail: 1
Goldfinch: 39 (best parties 14,7, mainly E odds W)
Linnet: 9 (one party 6)
Greenfinch: 3W
Mistle Thrush: 3
Swallow: 2 (1E and 1 NW)
Jay: 1

Also: Kestrel 1 (presumed local), Buzzard 1 calling.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Owd Ned grabbed a feasant!

Owd Ned Grabbed A Feasant!

"This is a true story of what happened this morning"

Went up owd Clarthorpe, reet tu top,
Tu carnt all burds thas moving.
Today lucked good and Mipits wer abairt,
Shepherd stopped jeep and said,
Wat ar ti doing, what art ti lucking fur!
So a towd him, I wer here cowntin Swallers.

Tha cowntin Swallers, that’s gud stuff hi sed,
Tha nus it wer bout half hour ago, before tha come,
A si Owd Ned carrying a feasant in his gob,
Just darn theer, it wer greet to si,
He just wacked street past me,
Ye a pheasant in his gob it wer.

Sheperd then started to drive off back darn to Clarthorpe,
Hi wer chuckling, and sharted owt tu winder,

“A bet he’ll be smacking his lips na”…..

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof and Shore Road, Carnforth - 19th September 2011

Mon Sept 19th – Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs – 0800hrs
Wind: SW 15mph
Dry but damp with low cloud blocking
Visability at times much reduced.
Movement: South unless stated.

Meadow Pipit: 79
Chaffinch: 89
Swallow: 7
Alba Wagtail: 3
Goldfinch: 5
Greenfinch: 2
Linnet: 2
Redpoll: 1
Starling: 9
Raven: 1
Blackbird: 1
Grey Wagtail: 1
Reed Bunting: 2
Mistle Thrush: 2
Bullfinch: 2
Siskin: 1 party missed.

Monday Sept 19th – Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
0745hrs – 1030hrs
Wind: SW 15mph
Dry, Heavy Dark cloud moving in from West
Movement: South unless stated.

Meadow Pipit: 142
Chaffinch: 42
Linnet: 33
Swallow: 38
House Martin 2
Goldfinch: 13
Alba Wagtail: 18
Reed Bunting: 2
Skylark: 14
Greenfinch: 8
Starling: 16
Common Snipe: 1
Cormorant: 3
Woodpigeon 2

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Shore Road/Hunting Hill, Carnforth - 18th September 2011

Sunday September 19th 2011
Shore Road & Hunting Hill, Carnforth, Lancs.
0715hrs - 1030hrs
Wind: Easterley 3mph and then variable
Weather: Fine, blue skies and then clouded over, but always a low cloud mist to East
Movement: South unless stated.

It was very quiet today, but the hirundines saved the day, going through pretty steady stream up until about 0930hrs and then everything stopped. It was as though there was some sort of change in the pressure or something. Because other stuff starting moving a little more. But I bet I only had up to 20 Swallows from 0900hrs to finish at 1030hrs. But on checking just now and again they where still going through but at such a high altitude it was impossible to keep up with the movement and you where actually missing them, and that was how it was at finish.
Jays started today. Waders coming in from East.

Swallow: 754 (In the main a SW)
House Martin: 91
Chaffinch: 101
Linnet: 66
Reed Bunting: 3
Greenfinch: 3
Goldfinch: 52
Redpoll: 2
Siskin: 2 parties missed
Meadow Pipit: 206
Common Snipe: 8
Curlew: 4
Bar Tailed Godwit: 2
Alba Wagtail: 9
Jay: 4
Mistle Thrush: 3
Cormorant: 2
Woodpigeon: 1
Kestrel: 1 (definate mover)
Skylark: 18 (one party 12).

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Shore Road, Carnforth - 17th September 2011

Saturday September 17th 2011.
Dalton Lane - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.

Swallow: 70 (3 parties) all heading South in ease off heavy rain shower conditions.

then later at 0800hrs - 0930hrs
Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancashire.
Wind: W 5mph. Heavy terrential rain all time during count.
Movement: South unless stated.

Swallow: 72 (8,1,24,2,30,6,1)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Meadow Pipit: 1

Also: Cormorant: 1 E-W

Additional Count:

Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
1430hrs - 1600hrs
Wind: W 10mph
Mainly dry during count, but earlier it was atrocious heavy rains.
Movement: South unless stated.

Thought I would give it another go today because of the weather this morning and it paid off! the hirundines where on the move nice and steady stream throughout counts and still going strong on leaving.

Swallow: 634
House Martin: 73
Meadow Pipit: 6
Raven: 2
Buzzard: 2 (definate movers)
Goldfinch: 1
Skylark: 2
Linnet: 4
Greenfinch: 1

also Chiffchaff - still one singing from Keer Bridge (Wooden).

Friday, 16 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof and Shore Road, Carnforth - 16th September 2011

16th September 2011
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs to 0800hrs
Wind: E/SE 15-20mph with gust
Weather: Dry, Cloudy, Mist to East.
Movement: South unless stated.

Mipits where going in all directions, but I had more going North than actually going South. Cant say I have noticed this before, whereby Northbound took over Southbound. Definately must have been down to the E/SE. (this was also happening later in the morning at Shore Road).

Meadow Pipits: 106 (all directions with the bulk heading North)
Chaffinch: 55 (some South but in the main either East or West as is usual here.
Greenfinch: 8
Swallow: 33 in small parties all going E/SE into wind.
Alba Wagtail: 2 (1 East)
Grey Wagtail: 1
Goldfinch: 12 (7W 5E)
Starling: 5E (as is usual)
Redpoll: 3SW
Siskin: 3 minimum (a pair plus two missed parties)
Linnet: 4W
Skylark: 1 at 0744hrs
Raven: 2W

Also: this morning had one Chiffchaff in trees (near count spot - on Clawthorpe side/Hutton Roof) and yesterday afternoon 1500hrs had a Willow Warbler calling ("whit" call) from Plain Quarry area, Dalton

16th September 2011
Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancashire.
0845hrs - 1030hrs
Wind: E/SE 15-20mph with gust.
Weather: Dry up until leaving when light rain.
Movement: South unless stated.

Similar situation here to Hutton Roof with the Mipits, with the majority heading North.

Swallow: 459
House Martin: 256 (House Martins blogging from 1000hrs and struggling to clear)
Alba Wagtail: 16
Chaffinch: 16
Meadow Pipit: 86 (with the majority heading North)
Goldfinch: 57
Linnet: 54 (a few West)
Skylark: 9
Greenfinch: 2

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof and Shore Road, Carnforth (15th Sept 2011)

Thr 15th September 2011 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
Wind: E 3mph and variable
Weather: Dry and clear 99% skies with occasional cloud.
Movement: South unless stated.

I missed lots of birds which were going at such high altitudes, but very welcome for the birds I did have.

Meadow Pipits: 305
Chaffinch: 116 (some of the Chaffinch also went W and E)
Goldfinch: 44
Linnet: 11
Siskin: 23 and missed a couple of parties.
Bullfinch: 3
Swallow: 46 SE
Alba Wagtail: 4
Starling: 6E (a indication that these might be Continental birds.

Thr 15th September 2011 - Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancashire.
Wind: E3mph and variable
Weather: Dry and clear 99% skies with occasional cloud.
Movement: South unless stated.

Rather quiet at first considering, yet glad I stayed on, because at about 1000hrs, a similar situation as yesterday came about and the skies where full with hirundines, literally everywhere you looked, this situation must have involved a thousand or two. Yet very soon these birds moved on South, and then from about 1045hrs to about 1115hrs it went absolutely crazy, with birds coming through directly South on a broad front, especially going down both sides of Warton Crag and Hunting Hill with some also going South on the coastline. They hardly let up, with continual streams, I counted the best I could, but would have missed hundreds!. Skylarks where definately on the move South with 16 groups (paired to single figure parties)

Swallow: 1543 (200 Swallows prior to 1000hrs and the rest between 1045hrs and up to 1200hrs) Still going through on leaving, but more intermittent at perhaps 3minute intervals. Also have estimated on the low side the 1000hrs concentration and listed these under mixed hirundine.
House Martin: 147
Hirundine - Mixed species: A minimum of 1000+
Meadow Pipit: 101
Skylark: 89
Alba Wagtail: 12
Grey Wagtail: 1
Linnet: 93
Chaffinch: 23
Reed Bunting: 2
Greenfinch: 4
Siskin: audio only
Goldfinch: 12
Redpoll: 2
Lapwing: 24
Raven: 9 (7 & 2) the 7 party retracked after 10 minutes.
Pink Footed Goose: 25 (one party at 1050hrs S)

Also: Starling (no count probably local)

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration over Shore Rd/Hunting Hill, Carnforth (14th Sept 2011)

Wed 14th Sept 2011 - Shore Rd/Hunting Hill, Carnforth, Lancs.
0730hrs - 1100hrs
Wind: Westerley 15-20mph with gust to 30
Dry for most of count, yet some light rain showers. Very cold wind from 1000hrs.
All movement S unless stated.

Today was the best so far, with Mipits picking up (and I think can only get better), also my first skeins of Pink Feet. Also other stuff coming in from the East eg: Lapwing, Whimbrel and Pintail . I had to give up on the hirundines from about 1000hrs, they literally filled the skies with hundreds (Possibly a thousand+) mixed and were feeding all above me and it got impossible to tell which where moving and which where actually feeding.

Meadow Pipit: 217 (most flying side on. some at very high altitude, lots obviously missed)
Swallow: 128
House Martin: 53
Linnet: 44 (mainly pairs, best party 20 which went S, all others West)
Greenfinch: 6
Goldfinch: 25
Chaffinch: 25
Siskin: 3 parties heard but could not find.
Reed Bunting: 5
Pink Footed Goose: 189 (7 small skeins, best 60, all East to West, then at coast S, (odd one N) between 0928hrs-1052hrs.
Skylark: 5
Whimbrel: 11 (one party from East to West)
Lapwing: 109 (6 parties from East to West (between 1000hrs - 1100hrs)
Pintail: 4 (from East to West).

Greylag Geese 34S, Canada Goose 5SE, Goose species: 25W, Cormorant 2, Starlings (hundreds), Lapwings (hundreds near Old Slag Heaps), Buzzard 3.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration over Hunting Hill, Carnforth (11th Sept 2011)

(Above is photo of the East side of Hunting Hill)

Sunday September 11th 2011.
Shore Road & Hunting Hill, Carnforth, Lancs.
0800hrs - 1030hrs
Wind: SW 20mph gusting to 30.
Odd Rain showers from 0930hrs.
Movement: South unless stated.

Swallow: 180
Chaffinch: 34
Greenfinch: 14
Goldfinch: 17
Linnet: 33
Alba Wagtail: 6
Meadow Pipit: 17

Also: Chiffchaff 1 - In trees on Shore Road near Keer footbridge.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration over Hunting Hill, Carnforth (10th Sept 2011)

Saturday September 10th 2011
Hunting Hill, Carnforth, Lancs.
0900hrs - 1230hrs.
Wind: Southerly 10-25mph
All Movement S unless stated.

Today was better, well at least with the Swallows. First hour nothing much on sides of Hunting Hill, but later dropped down to almost sea level on the Carnforth side, almost 40 yards behind the railway and old cooling tower. This is where they where going through and a steady trickle throughout the watch. Never more than a 3 to 4 minute gap between. Still going through just as strong on leaving. Other stuff still very quiet..

Swallow: 534 (best parties 21,17)
House Martin: 15
Sand Martin: 1
Goldfinch: 33 (One party 25)
Chaffinch: 7
Greenfinch: 1
Linnet: 3
Alba Wagtail: 7
Meadow Pipit: 23

Also: One small skein of 12 Greylags moving S down coast...

Also to say there was little in the way of sunshine, but yet still warm, I had several Small Tortoishell Butterflies, one Large White, and my first of the year and late I would have thought Painted Lady.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Visible Migration over Shore Road, Carnforth (8th Sept 2011)

Thr Sept 8th 2011
Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
Wind: Westerley 10-15mph
Light Rain Showers throughout.
Cloud: 100%
Movement: South unless stated.

Again dire!
Linnet: 38
Meadow Pipit: 12
Alba Wagtail: 1
Swallow: 7
Also: Little Egret 1 (local), Lapwings, Curlews, Starlings, Pigeons, Gulls, Ducks and Geese local.

Now off to the Westermorland County Show! - with my umbrella!


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Visible Migration over Shore Road, Carnforth (7th Sept 2011)

Wed Sept 7th 2011 – Shore Road, Carnforth.
0745hrs – 0845hrs
Wind: Westerley 20/25mph with gust to 35
All movement South unless stated.
95% Cloud. Kept dry throughout count.

Still very poor counts, and Linnet was probably the best of the count.

Swallows: 34 (best party 12)
House Martin: 8
Linnet: 29 in small parties, and another 45 blogging
Meadow Pipit: 2
Alba Wagtail: 3
Goldfinch: 2W

Also local: 2 Little Egret, 5 Cormorant, Kestrel, Curlews, Lapwings, Starlings.

Also there is currently a Siskin alert – this mail below came from Clive McKay (Vismig/Trektellen coordinator UK) through vismig earlier:

“Provisional total for Siskins this morning at Carnoustie (Scotland) an incredible 2,130. Flock after flock right through the morning”.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Visible Migration over Shore Road, Carnforth (6th Sept 2011)

Tues Sept 6th 2011
Shore Rd, Carnforth, Lancs.
Wind: Westerley 25mph with gust to 35mph
Weather: Fine after prolonged heavy rain showers, lots of local flooding.
On leaving, cloud was broken and lots of blue sky showing from West to East.
Just a trickle on the move South unless stated.

Swallow: 30 (best party 8,6,5)
Linnet: 1
Alba Wagtail: 5
Meadow Pipit: 1
Common Snipe: 3 W
Greenfinch: 2 W
Chaffinch: 1

Also: Cormorant (local) 2, Little Egret (local) 1, Curlews, Lapwings, Starlings and Greylags (all presumed local)

Monday, 5 September 2011

Visible Migration over Shore Road, Carnforth (5th Sept 2011)

Monday 5th September 2011.
Shore Road/Hunting Hill, Carnforth, Lancs.
1000hrs to 1100hrs.
Wind: NW 15mph with heavy continual rain showers.
All Movement South unless stated.

Again owing to other committments could only manage late watch. Yet continual heavy rain did not help. There have been lots going through in between showers, probably for most of the day, (Just seen lots more going South over Westmorland Hospital, Kendal (1400-1500hrs))

Swallow: 110 (best parties 17,11)
House Martin: 10
Meadow Pipit: 10
Alba Wagtail: 17
Skylark: 2
Linnet: 3
Chaffinch: 1
Goldfinch: 8 (one party).

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration over Hunting Hill, Carnforth (4th Sept 2011)

Today was really quiet and can only put it down to the weather making it such good local feeding and thus the birds where in no hurry to migrate. Chaffinch were probably the main mover today. I did have a trickle as such:

Sunday 4th September 2011
0800hrs to 1000hrs.
Hunting Hill, Carnforth, Lancashire.
Wind: 2mph and variable, 80% Blue Sky 20% Cloud
All movement S unless stated.

Chaffinch: 23
Goldfinch: 7
Swallow: 36
Alba Wagtail: 1
House Martin: 6
Mistle Thrush: 5
Greenfinch: 1NW

Also had a singing Chiffchaff near the sewage farm. Also had 2 separate Willow Warblers.

A part of 15 mixed Great and Blue Tits, tree hopping to North, probably local
Greylag Goose: 2 E probably local,
Curlew: 2W probably local.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Visible Bird Migration over Shore Road, Carnforth (3rd Sept 2011)

Sat Sept 3rd 2011
Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
0915hrs - 1045hrs.
Wind: SE 12mph, light rain showers continually up to 1030hrs.
All movement South unless stated.

Swallow: 169 (best parties: 32 and several 20s)
House Martin: 10
Meadow Pipit: 6
Alba Wagtail: 24 (several had landed on the telegraph wires close to a nearby sewage works and all looked very much like either White Wagtail or Juveniles (they were very light grey and with no sign of male Pied among them).
Linnet: 42 (14,4,12,1,5,6)
Mistle Thrush: 42 (one party)
Common Snipe: 1 SE

Above are the results of my monitoring visible migration this morning from Shore Road, Carnforth.

Also yesterday I had a Chiffchaff in full song, and two Willow Warblers which were in the gorse to the Hutton Roof slopes on the Park Wood side... also had a party of Mistle Thrush (40), plus one party of House Martin (18) and several Swallows...