Monday, 1 October 2012

Visible Migration - Monday 1st October 2012 - Hutton Roof and Newton etc.

(The above sketch is based on my findings so far, from research gathered over the past three years, doing random counts from selected areas along the above routes.  I have made the arrows thicker indicating the strongest to the weakest corridors.)

Visible Migration on Monday 1st October 2010.
Lower down than Hutton Roof Timber Yard (SD5845477148)
0700 to 0800hrs
Wind: SW 7-8 mph and increasing.
Movement: South unless stated otherwise.

Never really got going, first mipit at 0711 and then just trickles. Had to break off at 0800hrs.
Meadow Pipit: 112 (mainly S but some SE best: 10s7,4s.
Alba Wagtail: 3
Chaffinch: 8
Skylark 1
Buzzard: 1
Siskin: 1

Down past Whittington to the Laybe at Newton (SD5979575008)
0845hrs to 0915hrs
Quiet compared to yesterday although the conditions looked perfect.

Meadow Pipit: 19
Alba Wagtail: 8
Reed Bunting: 1
Chaffinch: 37 (all South)
Swans: 3 (distant! Following line of Lune to the North)
Curlew: 1 North.

Laybye just a little further on just having left Newton and on a very dangerous bend.
A perfect place for a “open vista” ideal for "goose watching" and looking towards Goodber and Thrushgill areas.
0930hrs to 0945hrs
Pink Footed Goose: 100 approx to SSW (distant over Goodber towards Littledale.)
Chaffinch 2
Meadow Pipit: 7.

Then a quick check around the Arkholme Areas for future watches.

Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
1030hrs to 1130hrs.
Wind: SW 8-10mph
Meadow Pipit: 131 (best 25,20 6,6)
Goldfinch: 43 (best 20,15)
Chaffinch: 8 (mainly pairs)
Mistle Thrush: 3
Alba Wagtail: 2
Greenfinch: 2
Skylark: 1.