Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - Tues 11th October 2011.

Visible Bird Migration - Tuesday October 11th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs - 1030hrs.
Wind: W15-20mph, then NW decreasing to 12mph.
Weather: Gusty wind, drizzle and light rain at times, low cloud and vis to 30 yards at times.
Movement: South unless stated.

Could have been great if low cloud had not moved in and take visability down to 30 yards at best, it seemed to do just at the time (0845hrs) the larger Chaffinch parties where just about getting to go. Cleared at 1115hrs but too late. Mipits really taken a tumble. Greenfinch increasing. First Fieldfares. Late Swallows

Chaffinch: 269 (95% W 5%E) (best parties: 20,12,10,10,10)
Meadow Pipit: 20 all SW
Greenfinch: 43 all W (best parties 20,12,11,10)
Siskin: 15
Goldfinch: 43 all W (best party 10)
Linnet: 17 W (one party 10)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 2
Redwing: 48 (best parties: 12,8,11 (4 came in with 5 Fieldfare) all W or NW
Fieldfare: 5 (came in with 4 Redwing) NW
Mistle Thrush: 4 all W
Blackbird: 3 W
Woodpigeon: 6 all E
Starling: 7 W
Alba Wagtail: 7 W
Blue Tit: 4
Great Tit: 2
Swallows: 2

1420hrs - 1620hrs Just returned from HR. Went from Plain Car Park to East of the Trig. Again nothing at all moving through and the winds still very strong.

Although I did have the following:
Dalton Crags & Dalton deforested:
At least 40 Mistle Thrushes, along with a few Redwing. Ravens 3, Greenfinch 1, Chaffinch 2. Also had at least 20 Mipits in Dalton Deforested, and counted at least another 57 on the Common around a 200 yard perimeter of the Trig.