Thursday, 29 September 2011

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