Thursday, 13 October 2011

Visible Bird Migration at Hutton Roof - Thr 13th October 2011

Visible Bird Migration - Thursday October 13th 2011.
Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
Wind: SE 8-10mph, with gust to 15
Cloudy at first, blue skies to W
Movement: South unless stated.

Nice to get some Fieldfare and Redwing. It was clear more or less from the start especially with the Fieldfare, some of them were not happy and came in to Hutton Roof and would then circle a couple of times and continue to go W, however some of the parties went back SE. Some of them came down into HR to rest and feed. Good mixture early on. Good Skylark move.

Chaffinch: 293 (mainly W but some E)
Meadow Pipit: 133
Reed Bunting: 3
Alba Wagtail: 30
Redpoll: 43 (all W or SW) (best party: 17)
Siskin: 48 (best parties 13,13)
Goldfinch: 93 (best parties 16,10,10)
Greenfinch: 63 (best party 22)
Crossbill: 8 E (2,2,4)
Skylark: 49 SE (best parties: 25,14)
Linnet: 17
Blackbird: 1
Song Thrush: 1
Redwing: 230 W (best parties: 60,50,50,24)
Fieldfare: 332 W (best parties: 250,80,40)
Mistle Thrush: 2 W
Starling: 9 W
Blue Tit: 5
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 5 (4 E 1W)

1300hrs - 1700hrs - Hutton Roof
Redwing: 275 W (best parties: 75,50,50,40,30,30)

Also brilliant to see birds where again this year using the same communial roost. Without wishing to disturb the birds, I did count at least 100 in the next tree, but there would probably be hundreds more in the close vicinity. Last year I counted no less than 370 birds

Fieldfare: 13 SW
Mistle Thrush: 2
Meadow Pipit: 7
Goldfinch: 10
Siskin: 3
Chaffinch: 21
Skylark: 5 SE (as late as 1715hrs)