Monday, 18 September 2017

2017 Autumn Visible Bird Migration Daily Records over Hutton Roof and Burton In Kendal

Just a little sketch showing the directions of migration over Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)


2017 - Almost Daily Records below:-

Monday 16th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 0900hrs

Wind: ESE 7-13mph (prediction) but in reality it was ESE 15-25mph at start and then at 0830hrs dropped to around the 5mph, 12c, 100% Cloud with 250 yards limited visibility and just about viewing the top of Hutton Roof, vis to my West was very poor, 12mb pressure. Today there was a complete "darkness" throughout with a strange "yellow band" which I am told was a sahara sandstorm. Also when the winds dropped there was rain specking and light off and on showery weather Had to leave early on account of appointment. Went back up at 1345 to 1515hrs for yet another session (see below)

Chaffinch: 39 SE
Goldfinch: 9 SE (5,4)
Linnet: 6 SE one party
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE (1,2)
Swallow: 1 SE (being blown back regular)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Redwing: 13 SE (5,8)
Woodpigeon: 14 SE (5,9)
Others: Starling x roost 35E (15,20)

Also: 1345hrs to 1515hours,

Wind: Freshened to: 20 to 30 mph SE, 17c, 1004mb pressure. Birds were going through the strong freshening winds in small occasional trickles. Nice and sunny at times.
Chaffinch: 29 SE 1x4,2x3,3x2 all the rest brave singles.
Goldfinch: 9 SE (7,2)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Pink Footed Goose 20 S over Warton Crag area at 1510hrs.
Red Admiral Butterfly: 4 S (all singles)

Monday 16th October 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)
Monday 16th October 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)


numbers have been very poor this year compared to past years and I put this down to the Westerley winds and also maybe the mild weather has also had a part to play.  Just to try and give you some idea I have made up this document showing numbers for comparisons. 

Chaffinch 2014 (counts are made over a approx 3 hour period, although extended to 6 hours or more on the large count days (so treat as approx)

Date and wind direct    Strength Wind  Numbers of birds
Oct 5th  South                9mph                775 birds
       9th  SS East             15mph           1310 birds 
     10th South                18mph             1351 birds
     11th E/S East              6mph              560 birds
     13th NE                    13mph               458 birds
     14th NE                   15mph                411 birds
     15th E                      10mph               449 birds
     16th E                         7mph              563 birds
     17th S                         6mph              571 birds
     18th S                       15mph            1022 birds
     19th SW                    25mph              850 birds
     20th WSW                14mph               574 birds
     25th S                        10mph            1079 birds
     26th SW                    20mph               604 birds

So obviously 2014 was a exceptional year which I put down to having a good build of Easterlies and Southerlies winds.  And I guess if you have a prolonged period of good winds (eg E and S) then it does not matter at the end you can take on a few Westerlies (as above) and it will still be OK because of the prior build, but it would not have been OK if you had not had the good run of E and S winds leading up to it.

Today (15th October 2017) The winds have changed over to the South (at long last) and I thought it would have been good, but no it turned out to be awful yet again, and thinking about it, it is probably down to two things 1) you have not had the build of prolonged Easterlies prior, and secondly I also think that perhaps the exceptional mild warm weather this year has not created the same inception interest to the migrants as you would get with the frost you associate with at this time of year. While we were getting Easterlies this year (2017) in the early part of the season (shown below) eg: September 23rd to October 1st I recorded good average numbers. 

Chaffinch – Autumn 2017

Date and wind direct    Strength Wind  Numbers of birds
Sept 23rd  SS East             7mph           344 birds
         24th  ESEast              8mph           444 birds
         25th  ESEast              5mph           274 birds
         26th  ESEast              5mph           477 birds
         27th  ESEast             15mph          279 birds
         30th South                 9mph           576 birds
Oct  1st    SS East               7mph           301 birds

Yet after October 1st 2017 the numbers of Chaffinch reduced drastically from less than 200 down to 80 with most mornings averaging around the 150 mark over a 3 hour watch.  Its obvious to me that the reason for one definitely is everyday since Oct 1st this year there have been consistent  Westerlies up until today (15th Oct) when we had a change to Southerly yet this Southerly still only produced around 150 birds.  Also I am sure that the constant mild wet spells have not helped in the matter. It will be especially interesting to see what this next 7days produce. 

Sunday 15th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: S/SSE 10-23mph, 12c, 30% later to 100% cloud, 1013mb pressure.  Movement never really got going, just a few early Alba and then trickles after a late start of about 0815hrs.  I am wondering if the problem with the recent movements is mainly down to the "mild" weather, by now we have usually experienced frosts! Lots of flying Hornets and Wasps this morning. 

Chaffinch: 158 (132 SE, 22W, 4S)
Goldfinch: 74 SE (5,6,4,7,5,1,20,20,6)
Linnet: 3 W
Meadow Pipit: 1 S
Alba Wagtail: 11 SE (4,1,4,1,1.)
Mistle Thrush: 6 SE (5,1)
Large Turdus: 2 E
Small Turdus: 3 (2W, 1E)
Song Thrush: 1 E
Woodpigeon: 12 SE (7,5)
Pink Footed Goose: 18 SE (Over Hutton Roof to Ingleborough at 0935hrs)

Sunday 15th October 2017 0100hrs
Sunday 15th October 2017 1300hrs

Saturday 14th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 0945hrs

Wind WSW 15-29mph, 15c, 100% Cloud, 1017mb pressure. A complete write off with no birds at all. Visibility in and out between 30 yards to 100 yards and back again plus drizzle to light rain throughout etc.  I am sure it will be OK when this drizzle packs up and I do intend to try and get out again later - so please come back and check later. 

1215hrs to 1315hrs - Wind WSW 16-30mph, 15c, 100% Cloud, 1016 pressure.  Visibility a little better to about 150 yards with freshening winds.  A little passage on arrival which quickly phased out to nothing at all.

Chaffinch: 32 (2S 30SE) best: 1x10,1x6.
Goldfinch: 46 SE (16,20,10)
Alba Wagtail: 1 S
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Redwing: 1 (audible only)

Other: Long Tailed Tit: 16 SE (hedge hopping), Kestrel (local)

Sat Oct 14th 2017 0100hrs

Sat Oct 14th 2017 1300hrs

Friday 13th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof)  0700hrs to 0745hrs then 0900hrs to 1030hrs

Wind: SSW 15-36mph (felt like South winds), 15c, 100% Cloud, 1011mb pressure. At times heavy rain showers.  No birds during early period it kept very dark.  So counts made from 0900hrs onwards.  I got the impression things were looking up with the change to a Southerly feel and obviously the birds seemed happier, yet still struggled with the strength of winds. Also they appeared to be going more direct although some had to fly side on to compensate and some were getting blown back and arcing to retry, and the party sizes started to build as well so I do think maybe Sunday and Monday could be good if the winds stay the same (eg: Southerly with a touch of SSE maybe. 

Chaffinch: 124 SE (Parties: 1x20,2x8,2x7)
Goldfinch: 37 SE one party (25,12)
other Starling 12 E (10,2) x roost LM.

Friday 13th October 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)
Friday 13th October 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)

Thursday 12th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof)  0700hrs to 0930hrs

Wind: SW 12 - 25mph, 9c but felt 5c, 50% Cloud, 1013mb pressure.  Again very quiet with very little movement (literally trickles!), birds not that interested, and by the time I was leaving several Chaffinch blogging parties were building! As well as the finches even the much larger Lesser Blackback Gulls were having to compensate flying side on whilst heading SE. 

Chaffinch: 81 (54 SE, 19W, 8S) much blogging by 0900hrs
Goldfinch: 22 S/SE (3,1,12,6) again much blogging going on!
Greenfinch: 1SE
Meadow Pipit: 14 (7SE,5S,2W)
Linnet: 16 SE (one party)
Song Thrush: 5 (2SW,1SE,3W)
Small Turdus: 2 SE (1,1,)
Pink Footed Goose: 15 NW over HRoof at 0904hrs

Others: Canada Goose: 16SE (directly overhead) at 0720hrs, Starling: 62 x roost to E (40,715) Chiffchaff (1) in hedgerows.

Thursday 12th Oct 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)

Thursday October 12th 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)

Well so far this year the weather charts have not been that helpful indicators with the continentals (simply because of the atrocious weather) but I am sure they will prove to be good indicators over the coming two or three weeks!!

Wednesday 11th October 2017 - NO COUNTS TODAY - ADVERSE WEATHER

"But I did stop at home and have my porridge"

Wed 11th Oct 2017 - 0100hrs
Wed 11th Oct 2017 1300hrs

Tuesday 10th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof)  0700hrs to 0930hrs

Wind South West 3-15mph, 12c, 80% Cloud at first down to 50%, 1009mb pressure. Conditions were very mild for most of the watch, but again very poor.  Today hardly any Thrush movement and again the finches just were not interested, the ones that did go through seemed to be chasing one another in sallies and such!

Chaffinch: 88 (25W, 15S all others SE)
Goldfinch: 19 S/SE (8,4,7)
Redwing: 20 W (3,,5,5,7) 13 seen to come out of HRoof orientate and then W
Small Turdus: 7 W (2,1,1,3)
Large Turdus: 5W (probably Fieldfare)
Mistle Thrush: 1SW
Song Thrush: 2 W (1,1)
Meadow Pipit: 1S
Common Snipe: 2S
Pink Footed Goose: 20N over HRoof at 0912hrs
Woodpigeon: 4SE

Others: Starling x roost 100

Tuesday Oct 10th 2017 0100hrs
Tuesday Oct 10th 1300hrs

Monday 9th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: SW 6-12mph, 11c, 100% Cloud dropping to 30%, 1018mb pressure. From first light low cloud giving poor visibility, you could not see the tops of Hutton Roof just shrouded in low cloud, this kept going for most of the morning, but in the main the worst cleared by about 0800hrs and at that point thought to be overnight Redwing lifted out of HR and circled to get orientation before either going SW or West. More birds followed throughout the morning and all but one went West. Passerines just trickles (poor).

Chaffinch: 106 mainly SE (22W, 2S)
Goldfinch: 39 SE (4,15,20)
Redwing: 177 mainly West (16SW,12W,16W,11W,15S,3W,42W, 7W,15W,5W,10W,10W,3W,12N.)
Blackbird: 1 SW
Small Turdus: 9 (all singles to the West)
Large Turdus: 1 West (thought to be Fieldfare)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SW
Starling: 50 all to West (15,20,15)
Meadow Pipit: 8 SE
Woodpigeon: 12 SW
Jay: 1 NW
Red Admiral: 3 S (1,1,1)

Others: Pintail 3W ?, Starling: 120 E x roost (30,10,30,50), Kestrel: 1 (local)

Monday 9th Oct 2017 0100hrs
Monday 9th Oct 2017 1300hrs

Sunday 8th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1000hrs

Wind: 3mph Westerley, 9c to 12c, Cloud cover at 75% dropping to 35%, 1018mb Yet again incredibly quiet for time of year. Just a small party of Redwing NW.

Chaffinch: 90 (24S, 16W all others SE)
Goldfinch: 45 SE (2,4,1,6,5,6,10,3,8)
Swallow: 12 SE (7,5)
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Song Thrush: 1 W
Redwing: 6 NW at 0812hrs
Blackbird: 1W
Small Turdus: 6 (1W, 1SE, 3W, 2SW)
Alba Wagtail: 1W
Pink Footed Goose: 16 (8 SW at 0930hrs, 8 SW at 0935hrs)
Woodpigeon: 20 SE (8,2,6,4)

Others: Starling: 31 E x roost. Kestrel: 1 local

Sunday 8th Oct 2017 0100hrs
Sun 8th Oct 2017 1300hrs

Saturday 7th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: West 20-25mph without relenting, at 0830hrs dropped to 10-15mph, 13c, 85% Cloud cover with odd small blue patches shining through. Pressure at 1014mb. Off and on Drizzle and light rain throughout. Again movement was just stuff trickling through which is still is on leaving. Lots of Jays around local. 4 medium sized waders W to E (Golden Plover?)

Chaffinch: 145 (80 SE, 33 W, 32S)
Meadow Pipit: 21 (1 and 20 blog party)
Goldfinch: 60 SE (5,10,7,5,9,10,5,5,4)
Alba Wagtail: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 30 S (One skein over Hutton Roof at 0850hrs)
Jay: 1S
Waders: 4 E (probably Golden Plover)

Others: Starling: 92 E x roost LM (50,12,20,10). Kestrel: 1 (local)

ALSO OUT OF AREA: Craig Bell has had reports of REDWINGS today over Ashworth Moor Res Nr. Rochdale today and also audible calls yesterday evening over Crawshawbooth. 

Saturday 0100hrs
Saturday 1300hrs
Friday 6th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: NNW 5-6mph, 6c - very cold probably 3c, High pressure at 1025mb, Blue skies and sunny early. Lots of Song Thrush activity on my way up flitting hedgerows etc. Again the movement was dismal which expected with NNW.  Even more Pink Feet on the move today. Occasional trickles of pairs of chaffs even on leaving

Chaffinch: 148 (16W 5S 127NE)
Goldfinch: 75 SE (4,7,1,4,15,6,4,30,4)
Linnet: 4 SE (1,2,1) 
Reed Bunting: 1 SE
Meadow Pipit: 8 SE (1,,1,2,3,1)
Alba Wagtail: 6 SE (1,5)
Swallow: 1 S
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE (1,1)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Small Turdus - Song Thrush/Redwing: 5 (3 W,1 SE, 1 SE)
Pink Footed Goose: 250 SE all extremely high 80 @ 0920hrs over Hutton Roof, 60 @ 0925hrs over Carnforth, 60 @ 0940hrs overhead at Burton, 50 at 1020hrs overhead at Burton. 
Cormorant: 1 SE

Others: Jay 4 (1,2,1 SE), Sparrowhawk 1 in lane (local) Starling: 96 all E x roost LM (40,2,10,10,30,4), Woodpigeon 7SE

Weather chart from 0000hrs on 6th October 2017
Weather chart from 1200hrs 6th Oct

Thursday 5th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1015hrs

Wind: NW 8mph-25mph, 7c increasing to 10c, 40% Cloud cover, 1013mb pressure. From 0900hrs Cloud decreased to blue skies and sunny. Movement just never got going, but just has I had thought "no chance whatsoever on North Westerlies" and it lived up to its name.  But after saying that the ironical thing about it is that in another week to ten days I will be wishing for light North Westerlies to bring in the Thrushes and continental finches etc. Still more Pink Feet crossing over. Small movement with Jays. 

Chaffinch: 135 (84SE, 31W, 20S)
Goldfinch: 31 SE (12,7,4,8)
Swallow: 4 S
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Blackbird: 1 SE (high)
Small Turdus - Song Thrush/Redwing: 5 (2SE,1W,2NW)
Redwing: Audible only (thought to be just a single)
Jay: 7 S (2,4,1)
Woodpigeon: 7 (5NW and 2 SE)
Pink Footed Goose: 175 S/SSE (6 skein) (20 @0730hrs, 9 @ 0756hrs, 24 @ 0825, 42 @ 0832hrs, 30 @ 0925hrs and 50 @ 0950hrs)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2 (1,1)

Others: Starling: 142 E (x roost LM) (100,25,6,6,)

Weather chart at 1000hrs 5th October 2017

Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 0915hrs

Wind: West 20-35mph, 11c, 100%cloud, 1018mb pressure.  To-day was again very cold with strong Westerlies which were constantly gusting and at the time of leaving rain specking to light rain.  Birds just did not want to know with just a minimal amount having a go.  What was in interesting today was that some of the Chaffinch and Swallows went directly South which you never usually get here.  Also small parties of Pink Feet from South East to North West (3 skeins - one mega high). Even the geese struggled at time with the winds. 

Chaffinch: 50 (19SE, 7W, 9S)
Goldfinch: 40 SE (10,5,25)
Swallow: 3 S (1,2) the two were within a inch or two of the floor)
Mistle Thrush: 1NW
Small Turdus (Song Thrush/Redwing): 2S
Pink Footed Goose: 26 all NW (8 at 0735hrs, 3 at 0750hrs, 15 at 0840hrs (mega high)

Other: Starling: 70 E x roost probably LM.(50,20)

Weather chart at 0100hrs today (Click over to enlarge)
I am thinking about including "weather charts" over the next week or two in preparation for the continental bird arrivals!

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: WNW 12-30mph although for most of the time it was 20 to 25 mph 9c, 70% Cloud, 1018mb pressure.  Bitterly cold this morning and I personally would have thought perhaps 3c at best. Small birds struggled. First of all I did see odd birds flying at mega height and could just about make them out to be passerine (thought to be Chaffinch) but far to high to maintain looking at them through binoculars for any length of time, I did try for about 10 minutes and saw no more birds go through so just took it maybe it was a one-off situation and probably missing odd birds but not a "general thing".  Yet other birds did trickle through at much lower altitudes and went past me like rockets at I guess at about 30-40mph and they seemed to have had little control on themselves it was not a question of compensation flight, I really don't think they stood a chance and once in the "flow" were just taken along until a dip in the wind came about and then they could correct themselves. The altitude of these birds was about 50-75ft. Still some were trying and making it and the Goldfinch were again frequent. Of special interest also this morning was the regular movement of Pink Footed Goose with 7 skeins which all came in from a North direction from behind Farleton and the early ones went straight down to the South, whilst the latter skeins (mega high) sort of crossed first to the West and then at somewhere around Levens would go directly South and across the Morecambe Bay.  At 0945hrs the highlight of the morning had to be 5 Whooper Swans (very high crossing over from the North West and going out SE towards the Ingleborough direction. 

Chaffinch: 95 (65 S/SE 30W) best: 1x5, 1x4. (from 0740hrs)
Goldfinch: 62 SE (2,17,6,16,5,5,11)
Alba Wagtail: 1 W
Swallow: 4 (2,2)
Song Thrush: 1 SE (0705hrs)
Small Turdus (Song Thrush/Redwing): 4 W (dropped into Hutton Roof)
Pink Footed Goose: 348 S/SW (1x18 - 0830hrs, 1x100 - 0848hrs, 1x80 - 0905hrs, 1x40 0928hrs, 1x40 - 0932rs, 1x30 - 1004hrs, 1x40 - 1015hrs).
Whooper Swan: 5 SE (one party) at 0945hrs
Cormorant: 1 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 3 S (incredible in this wind! and not much sunshine either)

Others: Raven: 2, Starling: 1 x roost LM, 

Monday 2nd October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1000hrs

Wind: West 22-38mph, 12c, 99% Cloud alternating to 60%, 1004mb. Light rain throughout with off and on. Surprised to see birds attempting with all this adverse stuff, but they did persist and still are on leaving.  Most of the birds heading South East were having to compensate flying because of the strong winds by flying side on and it was pitiful to watch at times, yet at the same time fascinating and incredible! It just goes to show when migration is set to go there is no holding back for some of the little beauties. A good amount of Goldfinch, several Swallows and just one Small Turdus this morning. No Blackbirds.Very very pleased I did decide to check it out this morning!

Chaffinch: 164 (129 SE,25W,10S). 
Goldfinch: 59 SE (4,1,8,5,5,6,30)
Swallow: 9 SE (1,1,7)
Small Turdus: 1 SE

Others: Greylag Goose 1 SW (0820hrs), Kestrel (local)

Sunday 1st October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1130hrs

Wind: SSE 7-17mph, 12c, 100% Cloud cover, low cloud at times and light rain on and off whilst impairing visibility on the margins. 1007mb pressure.  Movement was nil at first with birds from about 0800hrs to about 0830hrs then nothing just slight trickles throughout the morning and still trickling through on leaving. Just a few Thrushes this morning. The Blackbirds on the hedgerows had cleared out and I was left with just a single XL size Blackbird male and a ordinary size female and that was it. 

Chaffinch: 301 (295 SE and 6 W) best parties:1x15,2x13,1x12,1x11,1x10
Goldfinch: 93 SE (9,7,20,20,12,25)
Meadow Pipit: 39 SE (13,15,10,1)
Linnet: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE (2,2)
Swallow: 12 SE (3,5,4)
Blackbird: 1 SE and high
Small Turdus (Song Thrush/Redwing): 11 SE (1,5,,1,2,1,1)
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE (1,1,1)
Cormorant: 5 SE (1,4)

Saturday 30th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof)  0645hrs to 1230hrs

Wind:South 9 mph freshening to 12 by about 1100hrs, 9c at start, 80% Cloud cover at start going to 60% by mid morning. 1013mb. Rain specking and light at times. Nothing much - umbrella for 5mins then clear.  Again very slow movement for most of the watch, probably 1130hrs to 1200hrs was the busiest. A definite stir up with the thrushes, lots of Blackbirds fallen overnight, on all the hedgerows and local bushes.  Also increased Redwing arrived in dribs and drabs.

Chaffinch: 576 (560SE and 16W) best parties: 1x30,1x17,1x15,1x14,2x9, odd 8s and 7s, lots of 5s and 4s and less.
Meadow Pipits: 66 SE (best parties: 1x20,1x18,2x5.
Goldfinch: 50 SE (7,121,5,6,1,7,5,8)
Linnet: 1 SE
Swallow: 6 SE (4,2)
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE (2,2,1)
Redwing: 8 SE (3,2,3) also
Redwing/Song Thrush: 16 all SE (1,5,2,3,1,3,1)
Blackbird: 4 (2W and 2SE) (2,1,1) also scores grounded
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE
C. Buzzard: 1 SE 
Cormorant: 1 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 3 (all singles)

Others: Buzzard: 3, Kestrel: 1, Starling: 230 East presumed x roost LM

Friday 29th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West Flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 0745hrs, then family taxi and then 0900hrs to 1100hrs

Wind South  8- 12mph changing to South West, 100% Cloud which started breaking at 1000hrs, 1011mb pressure. Heavy Rain then Light Rain and clearing at 1030hrs. Strange watching birds go through in the rain, yet when the rain stopped the birds descreased. (Nowt as queer as birds!) Blackbird fall last night?

Chaffinch: 189 (12W all others SE) 1x10,1x9 several 7s 6s, mainly 3-5s
Meadow Pipits: 27 (best 1x9,1x6)
Goldfinch: 116 at first going South then later back to South East (7,6,12,16,9,4,20,6,20,16)
Song Thrush: 3 (1W and 2SE)
Blackbirds: 2 SE (also many on the hedgerows)
Alba Wagtail: 6 SE (3x2)
Swallow: 19 SE (12,4,3)
Starling: 12x roost LM

Thursday 28th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West Flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1130hrs.

Wind: SSW 5-6mph, 11c, 80% Cloud, then clear blue with gradual increase in cloud to about 50%, visibility at all times good.1015 pressure. Never really got going but really quiet as the morning progressed.  Obviously the birds were just not ready or at ease with a Westerley however slight the wind was!!

Chaffinch: 151 (21W all others SE) best parties: 1x5,4x4
Meadow Pipit: 26 all SE (best 1x8,2x4)
Goldfinch: 18 SE (4,2,4,8)
Siskin: 5 SSE (one party)
Linnet: 2 SE
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Reed Bunting: 1
Alba Wagtail: 13 SE (1x5,1x2, 6x1)
Skylark: 2 SE (audible only two parties)
Song Thrush: 1SE
Mistle Thrush: 4 SE (3,1)
Swallow: 2 SE
Cormorant: 1 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 16 (all singles)

Others: Starlings: 321 E (160,3,21,60,24,50,3) all presumed X roost LM

The Confessions of a “Vismigger”

I guess it’s over 40 years that I have been “guilty” of vismigging! And when I stop to take account I guess there are odd experiences I have to laugh at!  And I guess when you are up and about during unsociable hours and you stand around long enough in one place (watchpoint) you will obviously draw attention to yourself, possibly by law officers or by other individuals and also you maybe accepted to by passing pets and cattle.  and it can all add up to varied experiences.

Confession 1  “The Confrontation with Sgt Plod”
 On two separate occasions when I was out early in the morning at my vismig watchpoint down in East Lancashire arriving at just before daybreak I have been approached by the Police – “What are you up to then?” and I have to try and then explain that I am doing nothing wrong just vismigging like many other folk up and down the Country – well you can guess what comes next!  “What on earth is vismigging?” OK I’ll give it you straight it’ a sort of birdwatching and counting the birds flying overhead.  I then need to carry on and say “look here I can tell you are wondering what sort of crackpot you may be dealing with here! So I then go into a brief summary mode trying to educate them into “why not become a vismigger, I am sure you will enjoy it and further action may be required like showing them my book which I write all the totals down etc etc. Anyway I say to them (there is always two) why are you here bothering me on this lovely morning Sir?  Oh don’t worry the lady who lives at the house just at the bottom of the lane has seen you come up here on several occasions and has rang us to say she was worried about who would be using the lane at this time of morning, thinking maybe you were up to no good eg: fly tipping or such. Anyway we will call in on her on the way down and put her mind at rest.  OK sorry to have bothered you sir and have a good days “vismigging”. I was thinking when they said fly tipping, well the Thrushes were travelling overhead and going “zip zip” I guess this could be called “fly zipping”

Confession 2 “The Butty Bag Bounty”
When I am going vismigging I always take my haversack which contains my “beloved butties” my little flask and other goodies like maybe a bag of crisp or whatever. And the amount of times I have been so engrossed with the approach of say a large quantity of Meadow Pipits passing over and the need for lots of concentration to count the birds through and then you just about here the rustling call of what is probably the silver paper wrapping of your butties, you quickly look down at your bag and your too late a dog has ran off with your butties or your bag of crisp.  I have even had those cocky spring lambs trying on similar tricks, not so much taking my butties but coming up and bite nipping my trousers whilst catching me in the process! – clear off you little sod-pots (giving it lightly here!)

Confession 3 “I might has well have been a lamp-post”
Well you stand there long enough in that one place (as you do when you are vismigging!) I guess to some you are just like a lamp post! You are wrapped up enjoying the overhead passage of a group of Skylarks and thinking wow this is great! When all of a sudden the bottom of your leg or trousers goes warm and then quickly wet because you have been “chosen” as the special place for someone’s doggy to sneak up beside you and to cock it’s leg up into the air while at the same time it decides to have a pee……. “the cheeky blighter”

Confession 4 “Chunky – Heavy Duty Sheep” Ganging up on ya
A few years ago I was checking out a area near Clawthorpe and I was wondering about the convergence of a good vismig corridor linking Chaffinches going East to West and West to East but which also ran up with yet another corridor crossing it going from NW to SE.  Anyway more to the point I am stood in the middle of this field (with the farmers permission) and the field was full of sheep, everywhere!  I soon began to notice that some of these sheep were really “chunky” and remember saying to myself that the farmer must be doing a good job getting these sheep into such a good looking shape.  And within minutes four of these burly sheep started to gang up around me and giving me the evils “we don’t like you look”.  I then realized I had to take these chaps seriously because a quick confirmation by looking below proved to me at that moment they were not sheep but strong burly rams which meant business.  I guess I always thought rams had horns but obviously not in every case.  Anyway you have never seen anyone pack up their portable seat and haversack so quickly whilst gingerly creeping out of their “lovely” company and back to the stile from which I came. Brushing my forehead I realized I had a very lucky escape.


Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West Flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1130hrs.

Wind ESE 15-25mph (average 20mph) for most of the watch, 12c at start 43% Cloud,1020mb pressure.

Just too much strengthening winds today, although a few did get through, but a far contrast to yesterday in regards to Meadow Pipits, Goldfinch still good numbers and rising. Red Admirals going through on first light sunshine and getting blow but managed to cut through with perseverance, wasp now moving through in large numbers and following the hedgerows to the South/South East.

Chaffinch: 279 SE (best parties: 2x8, several 6s,5s, mainly 2s,3s,4s)
Meadow Pipit: 37 all SE (best 4x5)
Goldfinch: 169 all SE (7,6,12,6,10,5,5,16,6,5,8,8,20,25,6,1,6,13)
Swallow: 5 SE (3,2)
House Martin: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE (2,4,2)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE (1,1)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 7 (all singles)

Others: Starling: 23 E (all ex roost probably LM)

Tuesday 26th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West side base Base of Hutton Roof flightlines) 0645hrs to 1130hrs

Wind: East at first 5-6 then later freshening to 6-8 SE 11c, 30% Cloud, 1023mb pressure

Brilliant right from the word go at 0653 (first Mipits) but first bird (call only a Redwing at 0646). Without doubt a cracking first hour and more so with the Mipits than the Chaffs, but quieter after that first hour and then just steady trickle passage after 0900hrs for the rest of the morning but still Chaffinches at the rate of 50-75 per hour at time of leaving, and also Swallows picking up at time of leaving. Obviously Mipits must be within a day or two of their "peak". (probably tomorrow!!). Chaffinch and Goldfinch numbers down a bit per ratio. 

Meadow Pipits (963 all SE) best parties: 1x37,1x35,1x27, 2x23,3x20, 2x18, 2x15,1x14, 7x13, 6x12,1x11,14x10, (735 Mipits from 0645hrs to 0800hrs)
Chaffinch: 477 all SE best parties: odd tens but most 7s and 5s.
Goldfinch: 92 all SE (7,7,8,3,6,7,10,6,3,6,10,12,6)
Linnet: 3 SE
Alba Wagtail: 17 all SE (1,1,4,1,4,5,1)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Mistle Thrush: 1E
Song Thrush 1 SE
Redwing 1 (audible only) 
Starling: 115 E x roost
Cormorant: 4 E one party
Swallow: 78 all SE (3,5,17,1,16,2,3,1,4,2,5,8,8,3)
Jay 1 SE
Skylark: 4 SE (4,1)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 14 (all singles)

Monday 25th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West side base Base of Hutton Roof flightlines) 0645hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: ESE 5-6mph, 12c, 100% Cloud throughout with vis down to 200 yards at best, 1020mb pressure and light rain throughout watch off and on. Trickles coming through all the time but some really good parties which without doubt is showing build - One party of 22 as late as 1000hrs makes everything worth while!! also first Redwing calls x2 and again good Goldfinch numbers

Chaffinch: 274 all SE (best parties: 22 at 1000hrs, 1x13,1x12,1x11,1x10,1x9,3x8, and several x6
Meadow Pipit: 21 (all SE best party 8 but mainly pairs or singles)
Linnet: 1 SE
Siskin: 1 (audible party only)
Goldfinch: 114 (all SE 15,15,1,10,6,10,8,12,12,25)
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE (2,1,1,)
Greenfinch: 2 SE
Redwing: 2 (1,1, audible only)
Swallow: 15 SE (4,7,4)
Starling: 2 NW

Jay 1 NW, Woodpigeon 3 SE, Canada Goose 2 E,  Sparrowhawk x1, Kestrel x1, Starling: 134 (all E x roost LM)

Sunday 24th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0800hrs then over to Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal from 0815hrs to 1115hrs.

Wind: ESE 8-13mph and probably more on the ten plus, 9c, 42% Cloud cover 1017mb pressure. 
On Hutton Roof today it was poor throughout with strongish winds and no birds so I quickly diverted over to Vicarage Lane which proved a wise decision!

Goldfinch first birds at 0704hrs: 15W (one party)
Chaffinch: 39 (13E all others W) 3s,2s and 1s.
Linnet: 5 S (one party)
Meadow Pipits: 35 all South/South East (best 1x5)
Alba Wagtail: 6 SE (4,2)
Starling: 35 all East (X Roost LM)

0815 to 1115hrs - Taylor's Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal. 
Nice steady trickle of Chaffinch again using the ridge and maintaining a narrow corridor (50 yardish). Some of the birds were managing to cut the wind, others were getting blown back and arcing and getting through on the next attempt. Wind speed at least 10mph ESE but at about 1015hrs the birds seem to stop coming through other than the very occasional twos or threes and guess what? the wind had dropped down about 3 or 4 pegs but the birds had gone through on the toil, but stopped on the easy passage!  Now back home and noticed they are going through again (or at least the ones which would go past my window).

Chaffinch: 444 (all going South East other than up to 5 which went W) best parties: (1x12,1x10, 3x9,2x8,5x7 lots of 5s. All larger parties were prior to about 0930hrs after that it was mainly 2s,3s,4s)
Meadow Pipits: 5 S/SE (all singles)
Goldfinch: 105 all SE (6,5,15,1,5,10,8,10,20,1,5,5,14)
Linnet: 22 all SE (2,7,3,7,3)
Alba Wagtail: 3 (all singles SE
Swallow: 12 SE (6,1,5)
Jay: 3 all NW (1,1,1)
Starling: 1 E (presumed x roost at LM)
also: Sparrowhawk: 1 and Kestrel: 1

Red Admiral Butterfly 4 South (1,1,1,1)

Saturday 23rd September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0830hrs then Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0900hrs to 1200hrs

Wind: SSE 7-16mph, 12c, 81% Cloud, 1018mb pressure. 

Very quiet especially first thing, it never really got going in the early morning just a little burst as usual and then almost completely dropped by 0730hrs and continued this way. Mipits quite low, hard milky sky - difficult to locate.

Meadow Pipit: 103 all South (best parties: 1x8,2x61x5)
Chaffinch: 38 (15 W all others East) best party 1x6
Goldfinch: 9 S/SE (3,6)

Siskin: 1
Alba Wagtail: 2
Mistle Thrush: 2 S
Raven: 1 S

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal. 0900hrs to 1200hrs

Again very quiet (or so I thought) and then discovered after one hours watching, that the birds were coming through in trickles but where using a cutting to gain height and had been using a very narrow corridor and once I did manage to latch on it was all systems go (well what I should say is that birds were coming over steady numbers.  When I did pack up watching at 1200hrs I did check the lower regions and I am suspicious that the birds where all sort of "tree hopping" and once I got on to them they just at that point were leaving cover to hit the strong winds with some of them seem to have no bother, but lots of them were being blown and arcing around to take it again, some went back for further cover. Goldfinch numbers building better every year!

Chaffinch: 344 all South East (best parties: 1@13,1@11,1@10 1@8, several 7s)
Meadow Pipit: 5 SE (1,3,1)
Redpoll: 2 SE
Siskin: 1
Goldfinch: 95 all SE (8,4,8,6,4,14,10,9,15,7,10)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Swallow: 26 SE (9,6,2,2,6)
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Woodpigeon 2 E
Goosander: 8 SE (4,3,1) 
Red Admiral Butterfly: 9 (all singles)

Others Buzzard: 1, Raven 1

Friday 22nd September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates,
Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 1045hrs

Wind: South East 8-13mph, 7c, 23% Cloud cover, 1018mb pressure.

Excellent morning with plenty of birds and steady trickling of Mipits right up to leaving and will probably go on for most of the day. Mipits at times being blown back, all birds flying at mid height. Alba's crossing over Hutton Roof are in 95% of cases going SE and not only that they keep within a tight corridor of about 30 yards wide - ALWAYS!!

Meadow Pipits 399 all South (best parties: 20 2x11,2x9, several at 5s,6s.)
Chaffinch: 108 (53E all others W) best parties: 3x5s)
Alba Wagtail: 13 all SE (1x4,1x2 all others singles)
Goldfinch: 43 S/SW (20,5,12,6)
Swallow: 3 SW (2,1)
Greenfinch: 1 S
Linnet: 6E
Grey Wagtail: 2W
Skylark: 10 (7S,3W)
Mistle Thrush: 2E (1,1)
Snipe: 1 (audible only)
Woodpigeon: 7 S (4,3)
Starling: 76 in small parties all E (presumed x roost at LM)
Kestrel: 3 (presumed local) 

Wednesday 20th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates,
Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0900hrs

Wind: South/South West 1-5 mph variable, 11c - far warmer this morning, 100% Cloud (some low) 1015mb. Occasional rain specks

Another one of those super quiet mornings with little on the move. You know it's going to be bad if the Chaffinch are not making a effort.  Although I did for a minute or two think it was going to be good with having a party of 28 Meadow Pipits coming through together, but I now think they were probably a ex roost or blogging party from just a little further North of us. In other words excitement short lived!!. Also another lovely moment was when a Chiffchaff landed in the small trees at the side of the watchpoint and was constantly call with its "hou whit" contact call, and then would break out in the full Chiffchaff song but only in a minimal of volume. The few Mipits that came through were direct flightpath with some high but all seemed to be ambling along as though you were watching them move through in slow motion. Still a good morning. First birds 0710hrs

Large plume (hundred or more) of gnats above us, which would fluctuate between about 8ft and 30ft high and would occasionally descend with lightening speed before they arose yet again. They were not the regular very small gnat (otherwise called midges) but more the larger size of "Black Gnats". Neither where they interested in biting like normal midges do!

Chaffinch: 25 (15W 10E)
Meadow Pipit: 73 all S/SE (best party 28, 2x5,2x4)
Goldfinch: 22 S (8,5,9)
Linnet: 12 S (3,9)
Swallow: 1 S
Starlings: 2W all others 46 E (E birds thought to be x Leighton Moss roost)
Pink Footed Goose: 19 from Carnforth direction of the bay to NE (one skein at 0750hrs)
Jay: 1 S 
Chiffchaff: 1 (grounded) dropped in at 0730hrs - full song

Others: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk

Tuesday 19th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0830hrs then  a walk over Holme Park Fell for "fern" studies
Wind ENE 1-5 mph, 5c, 69% Cloud, 1020mb then brightened up with blue skies and then back to mixed cloudy and blue skies, warm on leaving. Very quiet yet again. Highlights were Tree Pipit (audible only), Whinchat and Wheatear. 

Chaffinch: 37 (8 E others W)
Meadow Pipit: 67 S/SE (best 8,6,3x4s)
Alba Wagtail: 3 all SE
Goldfinch: 27 S/SE (6,10,6,5)
Linnet: 10 S (3,7)
Greenfinch: 1 S
Swallow: 11 (1E 10SW) (1,3,1,3,3.)

House Martin: 9 W (5,4)
Mistle Thrush: 8 SW (3,5)
Woodpigeon: 12 (5SE,7W)
Stock Dove: 4 E

Holme Park Fell (0830hrs to 1100hrs)

Meadow Pipit: 6 SE
Skylark: 3 (grounded)
Swallow: 20 (2SE,4 S,1S 13E)
Whinchat: 1 (grounded)
Wheatear: 1 (grounded)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1 S
Bullfinch 3 (grounded in Holme Stinted Pastures)
Tree Pipit: 1 (audible only)

Kestrel x 1

Monday 18th September 2017 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs to 0745hrs and later Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 0930hrs. Winds North 6-7mph, 7c, 78% Cloud, 1019mb pressure
Really quiet today with very little moving, probably because of the pressure with the winds moving complete around and eventually to take on Southerly directions ready for tomorrow. A couple of unrecognizables eg: Small Duck (Wigeon size), and possible Egrets.

Chaffinch: 19 (Mainly to the West, some to the East)
Meadow Pipit: 2 SE
Starlings: 119 all E (one party 100 stretching wide) Obviously ex roost which seems to be growing in numbers.
Swallow: 15 SE (one party)
Mistle Thrush: 2 to NW
Goldfinch: 8 S/SE (5,3)
Grey Lag Goose: 7 (2W at 0648 and 5SW at 0735)
Small Duck: 4 SE (larger than Teal maybe early Wigeon?)
Egrets? from a long way 3 very high to the SE at 0705 (brilliant white)
also Kestrel x 2

Top of Clawthorpe Road, Nr. Whinn Yeates 0900hrs to 0930hrs
Meadow Pipit: 20 mainly SE (in 7,4,3,2,2,1,1)
Goldfinch: 38 S/SE (8,20,10)
Chaffinch: 10 (1E all others W)
Mistle Thrush: 1 S
Song Thrush: 6 SW (thought to be early continentals)
Swallow: 2 W

Sunday 17th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Road (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0845hrs then Mike Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane Burton 0900hrs to 0930hrs

Wind: N 7-12 mph, 10% Cloud, 7c, 1016 pressure.  Very cold throughout - never really got going, what birds did come through more or less dried up from 0800hrs.

Meadow Pipit: 60 all SE (best parties:1x6,1x5, 3x4)
Chaffinch: 44 (26 E all others W) thats the out direction for birds here eg: E to W or W to E
Goldfinch: 49 (11 W, 38 S (best 30,10,8)
Linnet: 15 (7s,6s,1E,1E)
Swallow: 2 E (1E,1E)
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE (1,2)
Siskin: 1
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 1 small party audible only.
Others included: Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1

Mike Taylors fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0900hrs to 0930hrs.

Chaffinch: 15 (4 SE and the rest all W) (4, then 3x2 and 5x1)
Grey Wagtail: 1 (E)
Swallow: 6 S (5,1)
Goldfinch: 2 (1W 1E)
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE

Out this afternoon - doing fern (aculeatums) investigations so will check out the birds on or going over Holme Park Fell at the same time.

Saturday 16th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Road (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0700hrs to 0900hrs then mobile on Holme Park Fell 0900hrs to 1300hrs

Was winds from the North/North West at about 7mph, Cloudy at first but became sunny from 0900hrs.

Good migration day, but nothing has good as yesterday. Without doubt the Hirundines were on the move yesterday and gone a lot quieter today. Geese coming through again early on.  First wintering Snipe are in on Holme Park Fell

Chaffinch: 85 (with the majority going West) but perhaps a third of them to the East (7,5s,4s etc)
Meadow Pipit: 140 all SE (best 5,4 but mainly pairs) most birds were flying side on to compensate wind.
Goldfinch: 35 (9,2,6,2,5,11)
Swallow: 25 (best 6,5)
House Martin: 18 (5,9,4)
Linnet: 11 (2,6,1,2)
Alba Wagtail: 2 SE
Siskin: 3W
Skylark: 10 (grounded Farleton)
Starling: 35 in dribs and drabs to the E (prob x roost LM)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1S
Goosander: 1 SE at 0840hrs
Greylag Goose: 15 all SE (7SE at 0754hrs) (3SE at 0755hrs) (5SE at 0815hrs)
Pink Footed Goose: 124 S (44 S at 0745hrs), (40 S at 0800hrs), (40S at 0855)
Snipe 3 (first winter birds on Holme Park Fell.
Chiffchaff: 1 On Holme Stinted Pastures.

Ravens: 6, Kestrel: 1, Sparrowhawk: 2, Peregrine Falcon 2.
Red Admiral: 2 S.

Friday 15th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Road (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof
0630hrs to 0830hrs -Rain at first light then OK 10 mins after and got better throughout to sunshine and clouds - Excellent morning and a shame to have to pack it in.
Most of the movement SW,S and SE

Meadow Pipit: 113 S,SE (best parties, 3@8, 6@5)
Chaffinch: 91 mainly W or E (best parties, 1@12, 2x8, 1@7, 2x6)
Goldfinch: 37 S (best parties, 1@15,1@13,1@8)
Linnet: 22 S (best party 20)
Reed Bunting: 2 S
Siskin: party audible only
Redpoll: party audible only
Swallow: 61 (best parties 44,20,7) Mainly SW or SE
House Martin: 12 (2,3,2,4,1)
Alba Wagtail: 5 all SE in singles
Pink Footed Goose: 123 all SW (2 skeins 1@63 at 0750hrs, 1@60 at 0805hrs

Also presumed local: 2 Starling E, 1 Green Woodpecker W, Ravens, Blackbirds and Tits, 4 Thrushes to SW (high at first light).

Thursday 14th September 2017 - Holme Park Fell, (Hutton Roof Complex) 0900hrs to 1100hrs

It was fine with light winds. I was mobile all the time so not able to concentrate on flight lines, but did manage to get a snapshot and it was obvious that Migration has now started with plenty of movement from Mipits, Hirundines and Geese.  On my way up to the far side of the fell I had two separate pairs of Wheatear, A family group of four Stonechats, I could hear Skylark going overhead to the South (unseen), also had two parties of Goldfinch crossing to the South (1 at 40, 1 at 12), At least 25 Meadow Pipits S to SE in 5,4,3s and mainly singles or pairs, Also had a party of 3 Linnet to the SE, 9 Swallows to the SE (2,1,1,1,4) also 1 Cormorant out to East then return to West.  The first Pink Footed Geese came over this morning with a party of 20S at 0940hrs followed by another party of 30 to the SW at 0950hrs, both parties where really high and would have been missed but for the calling birds.  Wish I could have spent more time. brilliant stuff!

Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Holme Park Fell, (Hutton Roof Complex) 0800hrs to 1200hrs

On my way going through the Holme Stinted Pastures I could hear a couple of Willow Warblers along with lots of other mixed calls from several others of the commoner species. My highlight came shortly after ascending up on the Fell with three Whinchat posing on the uppermost branch of one of the sparse larger trees that you find on the fell. The wind was quite strong as well and not the best day for passing birds, although I did have the odd Swallows and Meadow Pipits willing to brave it with their exit South. I did also look for Pink Footed Geese because I usually get them around this date but none today were recorded.

I just had to do this one. I rang a guy to tell him that 100 Pink Feet were heading in his direction. And he said to me what is the ETA, I said what? and he explained what is the expected time of arrival. Straightaway when I got home I did this sketch thinking about airports and observation towers etc etc etc