Sunday, 30 September 2012

Visible Migration - Sun Sept 30th 2012 - Near Timber Yard (Hutton Roof) and also Newton.

Visible Migration Sun Sept 30th 2012 at Near Hutton Roof Timber Yard and later at Newton (Nr. Whittington)
0700 to 0815hrs
Wind: SW 20 to 25mph gusting even stronger.
Movement South unless stated.
A few Mipits braved it from 0725hrs and then ceased after about 0815hrs.

Meadow Pipits: 33 S (best 6,5,4,4)
Alba Wagtail: 1 S
0830 to 0930hrs
A good decision to move down to Newton. Immediately Mipits moving and Swallows etc.

Meadow Pipits: 54 S (best 12,10, 6,5, mainly pairs)
Alba Wagtail: 3
Chaffinch: 14
House Martin: 27 S (best party 20)
Swallow: 16 S (best 4,3,3)
Greenfinch: 3 S
Starling: 3 S
Curlew heard in distance – probably on Lune borders.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Visible Migration - Near Hutton Roof Timber Yard/Docker - Sat Sept 29th 2012


Visible Migration – Sat Sept 29th 2012 – Timber Yard/Docker (just SE of Hutton Roof) SD5845477148

0745hrs-0845hours, then again at 0930hrs-1000hrs.
Wind: NW 20-25mph
Movement: South unless stated.

Thought I would try out a new area to try and map out the Mipits and although the strong winds killed off the movement, it really does look promising from here and I will now try it out over the next few days, that’s hoping the winds calm off a bit.

Meadow Pipit: 301 (best: 12,14,40,20,12,30,37,13,10)
Lapwing: 4S
Alba Wagtail: 6
Skylark: 6
Chaffinch: 7
Starling: 20 E
Swallow: 1
Goldfinch: 1.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Visible Migration - Hutton Roof - Fri Sept 28th 2012


Visible Migration Hutton Roof Fri Sept 28th 2012
0700hrs-1130hrs.
Wind: W 8-10mph and increasing at times.
Movement: South unless specified.

Again another slow start and carried on that way with regular intermittent rain showers. Nasty cloud showing and lots of low cloud towards Kirkby Lonsdale.

Redwing: 1 (calling from House on Vicarage Lane, Burton at 0645hrs)
Mistle Thrush: 4W
Meadow Pipit: 176 (best parties: 10s,8s)
Chaffinch: 76 mainly W but some E
Siskin: 3 E
Linnet: 1W
Alba Wagtail: 5
Reed Bunting: 1
Common Snipe: 2 (paired)
Swallow: 3
Pink Footed Goose: 33S (1135hrs)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Visible Migration - Hutton Roof - Thr Sept 27th 2012

(This mornings sunrise - towards Ingleborough)

Thur 27th September 2012 – Hutton Roof – Vismig
0700hrs-1115hrs.
Wind: 3mph and freshening.
Movement: South unless specified.

Today was a steady sort of morning, it was not a Mipit peak day, but still excellent with plenty of varied stuff coming through all the time. A late Chiffchaff . First Redwing calls. Lots of Song Thrush on the lane whilst going up. Lots of Robins also.

Redwing: A party going over Burton at 0615hrs several calling. Also one up at Hutton Roof calling at 0727hrs.
Blackbird: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 17W (one party 6,3 and the rest singles)
Meadow Pipit: 351S SE at first, then mid morning to South (some mega high) (best parties: 40,26,15,12, 12,8,5s,4s and lots of singles and pairs).
Chaffinch: 168 mainly W but some E (best parties: 7s,6s,5s,4s)
Goldfinch: 108 all W (best: 40,18,8,8,7,6s)
Linnet: 8 all W
Greenfinch: 19W (best 11,5)
Redpoll: 2E
Siskin: 7W (5,2)
Alba Wagtail: 4W
Starling: 10E
Skylark: 5S
Swallow: 11W (7SE 4W)
Woodpigeon: 6E
Raven: 1S (definite mover)
Hen Harrier: 1 male to NW
Also:
Chiffchaff 1 (singing)

also later on 1330hrs to 1430hrs from Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal.
all South.
Swallow: 26 (14,10,2)
Meadow Pipit: 9 (3,2 and singles)
Chaffinch: 19 (best 5)
Linnet: 4 (one party)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Visible Migration - Hutton Roof - Wed 26th Sept 2012

26th Sept 2012 – Vismig – Hutton Roof, Cumbria (Clawthorpe side),
0715hrs-0900hrs.
Wind: NE 15mph to 20mph
Movement: East unless specified.

Most stuff going directly into wind. Albas seemed to start off well today. A surprise Grey Plover. Most birds struggling with wind. Only a few Mipits.

Alba Wagtail: 5 (all singles)
Grey Wagtail: 1
Chaffinch: 43 (5W all others E) Best parties: 5,4
Meadow Pipit: 21 (South) Best party: 4
Goldfinch: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 2E
Starling: 4E (2,2)
Grey Plover: 1E (also calling)
Swallow: 4E (3,1)
LBBG: 1E

26th Sept 2012 - Vismig - Hutton Roof, Cumbria (Trig Point)
1230hrs - 1500hrs.
Wind: NE 8mph
Movement SE unless specified.

Fairly quiet, but a few mipits trickling through along with Goldfinch and Siskin.

Siskin: 6S(one party)
Goldfinch: 29S (2,15,12)
Linnet: 2W
Swallow: 6S (one party)
Meadow Pipit: 24 (all SE best party 6 and 3s)
Jay: 1SGSW: 1S

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Meadow Pipits sheltering whilst reading the News

Please Click over sketch to enlarge.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Vismig - Hutton Roof - Sun Sept 23rd 2012

Sun Sept 23rd 2012 - Hutton Roof Vismig

0700hrs-100hrs
Wind: NE 5-7mph with gust to 12-15
Moves: South unless stated.

Very cold with the Easterlies, and not much moving at all, what bit there were dried up by about 0830hrs. Few Swallows and what there were went back to their normal routes via East or West. Pretty good on the Goldfinch today.

Meadow Pipit: 136 (best 11,5,4, but in the main just pairs to 4 and lots of singles)
Chaffinch: 74 (going both East and West as usual)
Goldfinch: 52 (best parties 12,10,10,9, odd ones W but mainly to the East.
Linnet: 4 W (singles)
Redpoll: 2 W
Greenfinch: 5 (2 W and three singles E)
Alba Wagtail: 4 (3E and 1W)
Mistle Thrush: 4 W (singles)
Swallow: 7 (5 West one party and 2E)
Woodpigeon: 11 (6W others all East)
Skylarks heard but not seen.

Also lots of Black Headed Gull and a few LBBG heading East.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Vismig - Hutton Roof - Sat Sept 22nd 2012

Saturday September 22nd 2012 - Hutton Roof Vismig
0800-1100hrs.
Little Wind, blue skies.
Movement: South unless stated otherwise.

Didnt break any pots but OK up to about 0915hrs then died off.  First time I have ever had hirundines going directly South at Hutton Roof, they normally go E or W. Start of Mistle Thrush.

Meadow Pipit: 300 exactly (best parties probably ex blogs 51,20,18, but mainly pairs.
Swallows: 239 best parties: 18,30,20,18.
Alba Wagtail: 3 (2W)
Chaffinch: 84 mainly E some W
Greenfinch: 1
Siskin: 8 (4S 2E)
Skylark: 10 (2,6,2)
Goldfinch: 31 (one party 16) mainly E or W.
Redpoll: 4 (2,2)
Starlings: 3
Mistle Thrush: 14 (4,8,2)
Woodpigeon: 3 (2E)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Vismig Reports - Hutton Roof catch ups.

Here is a catch up of my recent VISMIG reports:
Saturday September 15th 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
Winds: W 15mph - time 0830-1000hrs.
All movements South unless specified.
Meadow Pipit: 117 (a 50 move on blogging party, otherwise best 6s)
Linnet: 1
Starling 3W
Redpoll: 2
Goldfinch: 6
Chaffinch: 10 (best 4)
Woodpigeon 2SE
Skylark: 2
House Martin 1E
Kestrel 1.

Tuesday September 18th 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
Winds: Westerley 10-12mph – 0730hrs-0930hrs.
All movements South unless specified.
Meadow Pipit: 137 (best: 12,10,9)
Chaffinch: 16 (best 6)
Goldfinch: 1E
Swallow: 14 (5E)
Grey Wagtail: 2 (paired)

Wednesday September 19th 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
Winds: Westerley 2 mph. 0700hrs-0930hrs.
All movements South unless specified.
Meadow Pipit: 81
Chaffinch: 85 (mainly West some East) best parties: 9, 6s,5s.
Goldfinch: 18 (10W rest E)
Linnet: 13 (one party 12W)
Siskin: 10 (8W)
Cormorant: 1W
Starling: 9 (all E)
Mistle Thrush: 2E
Swallow: 16 (1SE)
Alba Wagtail: 3W
Skylark: 3S
Pink Footed Goose: 76 (one skein W at 0806hrs)
Also:
Greater Spotted Woodpecker: 1W
Willow Warbler: 1 (local and singing)
Chiffchaff: 1 (local and singing)

Friday September 21st 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)

Winds: Easterlies 8-15mph. 0830hrs-1030hrs
All movements South unless specified.

Today obviously blocking, although some Chaffinch really high and missed, hirundine using side on for SW move. Most Mipits using compensate flight (again side on)

Meadow Pipit: 79 (best 27 ex blog, then 8, some 5s and mainly 4s)
Chaffinch: 14 (1E)
Reed Bunting: 1
Goldfinch: 23E (best 12E and 6E)
Swallow: 40 (26SW,14E)
House Martin: 25SW (11,13,1)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Skylark: 8 (5,3)
Thrush: 1 (small brown thrush E probable Song Thrush)
Woodpigeon: 1SE
Raven: 2 probably local.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Smart *** Is Having a day with the Bird Ringer

Smart *** is having a day with the Ringer.

Smart *** is out and about yet again.
He’s decided to have a day with the Bird Ringer.
Ringer has caught a bird in his mist nets
Soon a inquisitive crowd has gathered around him,

One of the onlookers is guess who? Yes its Smart ***
He starts to take over and advises the gathered crowd,
“Do you know how to tell the difference between,
A Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff in the field”
Well its easy when you know how!
Just take note of the leg colour, if it’s a pinkish yellow,
It will be a Willow Warbler and if the legs are blackish,
It will be a Chiffchaff.

So Smart *** says to everyone “ So here we are we have
Got a lovely condition Willow Warbler.” And then goes on to brag,
“its pretty good when you know your stuff when it comes to birds”.

Within seconds the ringer releases the “Willow Warbler”,
Which quickly shot off and ascended on a nearby tree not far away.
And to everyone’s amazement the bird started to sing.
“Chiff-Chaff-Chitty”, Chiff Chaff Chitty.

Talk about a red faced “Smart ***

18th September 2012.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Swallows & Autumn Gentian photos


Following on yesterday from vismig, I went up Hutton Roof in the afternoon to check out the Gentians. On way up there were probably "hundreds" of Swallows weaving in and out of the massed "ragwort" lining both sides of the "deforested" upper Dalton areas, they were also so close to the ground, coming up in front of me so close it was truly magic! I did manage to take a very unusual photo, of where some of the Swallows actually came to a closeby tree top for a rest.
Also found another Gentian plant, amongst the rare "white specimens" (see photo above). The nice magenta coloured one was too cold and had closed up a little.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Visible Bird Migration at Shore Rd, Carnforth - Mon 3rd September 2012

Monday 3rd September 2012.
Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
0845hrs-1130hrs.
Wind: 9mph WSW
Movement: South unless stated otherwise.

First day for me and obviously good signs of hirundine passage starting. Can't get there earlier, but all gone quiet by 10.30hrs. Probably stay with Shore Road for a while until after the "hirundine passage" and then back up to Hutton Roof.

Swallow: 289 (best parties 30,30,20,20) 90% South 10% East following River Keer.
House Martin: 20 one party direct South.
Meadow Pipit: 24 (best 5, other pairs and singles)
Alba Wagtail: 24 (best party 6)
Linnet: 51 (best parties 30,10)
Greenfinch: 6
Goldfinch: 10 (best 5)
Skylark: 1
Chaffinch: 1
Reed Bunting: 5 (one party 4)
Siskin: 1
Marsh Harrier: 1S
Kestrel: 1S

Curlew: 2W
Bar Tailed Godwit: 1W
Starlings: Regular small groups probably local.
Cormorant: 3 (all singles W at various times)
Lapwing: 71W (30,40,1)
Canada Goose: 40 E (one party)
BHG: coming through W all the time but one party 60
Common Gull: 150 all in one party W
LBBG: 1W
Woodpigeon: 2S