Tuesday, 10 September 2019

2019 Visible Bird Migration Reports (September to November)


Redwing (photo: courtesy of Craig Bell)

"Vismig, once tasted is compelling for the interested,
and at times will be soul destroying for the keen,
Compulsion grows year on year to hear the Mipit tweet".

Sunday 10th November 2019 (Armistice) "FINAL COUNT OF THE YEAR".... (Thanks to everyone who has followed)

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0715hrs-0830hrs
Wind: NNE 7-10mph, 0c, 0mm rain, 0% Cloud, 82% humidity, 1016mb pressure, very cold today.

Very little in the way of moving birds in comparison to yesterday, and you would have thought perhaps this prolonged cold spell would have driven more through.

Chaffinch: 154 (138SE and 16W)
Linnet: 54 SE
Greenfinch: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 2 SE
Skylark: 27 SE
Fieldfare: 12 E (2,6,2,2)
Redwing: 19 (15SW and 4NW)
Starling: 15 W (2,6,2,1,4)

Todays reports from the Netherlands:

20123 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
3128 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Log for 10th November 2019 (Click over to enlarge)




TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 

Saturday 9th November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0715hrs-1000hrs
Wind: E 7-13mph, (ESE 9mph local), 1c, 0mm rain, 99% Cloud, 88% humidity, 1007mb pressure. Very cold throughout. Wind freshened at 0915hrs to ESE 14mph.

Fantastic morning with the Chaffinch which were coming through at times in nice little steady parties, lots of small thrush parties recorded, but could see many more on the Hutton Roof horizon which could well have been Redwing or Fieldfare.

Chaffinch: 573 (523 SE and 50 W)
Linnet: 132 SE
Goldfinch: 7 SE (one party)
Siskin: 4 SE (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 24 (1,2,4,1,2,3,1,1,2,4,2)
Fieldfare: 178 (68 SW and 96 NW
Redwing: 56 (44 SE and 12 W)
Blackbird: 1E
Starling: 103 W (50,2,20,20,1,4,3,2,1)
Canada Goose: 9 SE at 0924hrs
Woodpigeon: 54 (4,50 SE)

Other:
Starling:  360 E x roost at 0725hrs, (50,200,20,30,20,10,20,10)
Kestrel: 1 presumed local

Todays reports from other UK areas:
3780 Starling NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
11436 Woodpigeon S - Stainburn Moor, Harrogate, Nth Yorks
1212 Fieldfare SSE - Bury, Gtr Mcr.
16281 Woodpigeon S - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks
1898 Fieldfare S - Hale Head, Widnes, Halton.

Todays reports from the Netherlands:
2071 Redwing S - De Gorzen, Ridderkerk

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays Log (Sat 9th November 2019) Click over to enlarge)




Friday 8th November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs-0830hrs
Wind: N 13-30mph, (13mph NNE local), 3c, 0.mm rain, 0% Cloud, 81% humidity, 1009mb pressure. Probably one of the coldest days I have experienced this year and just could not get warm.  It was cold to start with but the accompanying windchill made it almost unbearable.  Very quiet and called it a day at 0830hrs.  

Chaffinch: 162 (112 SE and 50 W) (first bird at 0712hrs)
Linnet: 77 SE (8,30,4,15,20) plus a fabulous 200 plus feeding group (food Fat Hen) (first bird at 0715hrs)
Alba Wagtail: 10 SE (2,1,3,3,1)
Skylark: 16 SE (one party)
Fieldfare: 16 SE (10,6) early doors
Redwing: 3 W
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Starling: 50 W (20,30)
Woodpigeon: 150 NW (40,40,30,40)

Other:
Starling: Estimated somewhere between 10 to 15,000 birds East from 0720hrs, Initial 200, then 50, then 10-15k and then lots of 100 parties and less over the first hour.

Today's reports from Netherlands:
14680 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
5796 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
4780 Chaffinch S - Springertuin, Ouddorp
8000 Starling S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk
4500 Chaffinch S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 



Todays Log (8th November 2019) Click over to enlarge



Thursday 7th November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0707hrs-0830hrs
Wind: East 13-25mph (8mph ESE local), 6c, 0.8mm rain, 100% cloud, 89% humidity, 992mb pressure. Raining throughout, visibility bad on perimeters.

Odd daring Chaffinches having a go, but to be honest did not expect any to be bothering this morning. The Starlings coming from roost in dribs and drabs, no massive parties seen this morning, that was yesterday! however they could well have come over at high altitude which they sometimes do and get missed.  It is great when observed like yesterday. Arrived on site at 0707hrs 


"When a rush and a beating roar of 20,000 flapping wings,
Fly one metre and more above your head, you are in stillness,
whilst contemplating the mighty overwhelming awe of it all"

Chaffinch: 42 (40 SE and 2 W) (first birds 0717hrs)
Linnets: 21 SE and also a feeding party to at least 40 birds
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Blackbird: 1 SE
Starling: 52 W (6,10,30,6)

Other:
Starling 520 E ex Silverdale roost at 0740hrs (200,20,40,50,40,15,30,15,15,10,15,20)

Todays reports from Netherlands:
39580 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
1946 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
2445 Chaffinch S - Westenschouwen

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Log for today (Thr 7th Nov 2019) Click over to enlarge





Wednesday 6th November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs-1100hrs
Wind: East 2-3mph, 2c, 0mm rain, 98% Cloud cover,90% humidity, 1005mb pressure. Rain specking after 0900hrs and light rain on leaving at 1100hrs

Surprised to be getting small Fieldfare parties with a couple of reasonable size eg: 100 and 75. Obviously more birds must have come into the country during the past 24 hours. Also has forecast both Continental Starlings and also Chaffinch did quite well, which makes things worth carrying on for a while.

Chaffinch: 477 (427 SE and 50 W) - (Ties in exactly with yesterdays continental high Chaffinch numbers for comparison)
Linnet: 116 SE plus a feeding party of no less than 300 birds
Goldfinch: 6 SE (one party)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Skylark: 33 SE (3,6,6,11,7)
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Fieldfare: 669 (296 NW, 110 W, 134 S, 6 N, 74 SW, 76 E,90 SE) best parties: 1x100,1x70,2x50,4x40,
Redwing: 162 (127 W/NW and 65 SW)
Blackbird: 3 (3 W/SW)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Starling: 205 W (50,20,20,50,10,8,1,40,6) (Ties in exactly with yestedays continental high Starling numbers for comparison)
Woodpigeon: 248 SE (20,30,20,20,60,4,40,30,20,4)

Other:
Starlings: between 10,000 and 12000 East, x roost at Silverdale.

Today's records from other areas:
***108378 Woodpigeon SW*** - Portskewett, Gwent, South Wales
17419 Woodpigeon SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire
1226 Fieldfare SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire
24260 Woodpigeon W - St. Catherines Point, Isle of Wight
20041 Woodpigeon S - Stainburn Moor, Harrogate, N. Yorks
18598 Woodpigeon S - Oxenhope, Bradford, N. Yorks
1609 Fieldfare W - Oxenhope, Bradford, N. Yorks

Today's records from the Netherlands:
10090 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
13286 Starling S - Ballooerveld, Drenthe

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays Log Wed 6th Nov 2019 (Click over to enlarge)



TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 

Tuesday 5th November 2019
No Count today owing to other pre arranged committments 

Todays reports from other areas:-
53008 Woodpigeon SW - Portskewett, Gwent, South Wales.

Todays reports from the Netherlands:-
13281 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
26857 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
17350 Starling S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk
9100 Chaffinch S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk
4835 Chaffinch S - Bergen aan zee
25198 Starling S - De Bloeberg, Monster
8783 Chaffinch S - De Bloeberg, Monster




Monday 4th November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1000hrs
Wind: ENE 7-10mph (local ESE 3-15mph), 6c, 0mm rain, 92% humidity, 98% Cloud, 981mb pressure. spotting and light rains off and on throughout.

Tawny Owls calling from Bluebell Wood - Witty witty woo... and replies.. Nice mix of birds today, still plenty of Chaffinch.

Chaffinch: 266 (166SE,45W,55NE)
Linnet: 84 (74SE and 10W)
Alba Wagtail: 9 SE
Starling: 80 W (30,50)
Fieldfare: 116 NW (20,11,75,10)
Redwing: 24 W/SW (4W,20SW)
Blackbird: 2
Skylark: 14 SE
Woodpigeon: 70 SE (50,20)
Whooper Swan: 2 SE at 0739hrs
Greylag Goose: 23 SE at 0747hrs

Other:
Starling 13,408 E x roost from 0724 with 10000, 200, 2000 at 0728, followed by another 1000,20,80,25,6,70,7.

Todays reports from other areas:
46627 Woodpigeon SW - Portskewith, Gwent, Sth Wales
3 Waxwing S - Hale Head, Widnes, Halton, Cheshire.

Todays reports from Netherlands:
7934 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
5952 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
5450 Chaffinch S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk
4070 Starling S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk

After checking out Trektellen sites (for comparison ideas) and giving consideration to that of mass recording sites in Northern Europe it is now becoming clear that the mass migration movements of both Thrushes and Starlings are near a end for another year in the UK, although there maybe a limited amount of movement still left, especially with the Chaffinch who are still recording good numbers.   

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays Log Mon 4th Nov 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


Shows a fraction of todays Starling passage





Sunday 3rd November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 0900hrs
Wind: SSW 2-3 mph, 4c, 0.mm rain, 97% humidity, 90% cloud, 998mb pressure.
from the word go it was fogged out and visibility went worse to 30 yards then back to 100 yards and then again back to 30 yards and also raining for first 30 minutes or so. On site at 0650hrs (local forecast says SSE at 1mph). 

Obviously with this clag there were little in the way of birds unless they went directly overhead, but pleasing to have 5 Fieldfare visible and calling whilst heading to the SE, also a limited amount of Starling, but most impressive were the "slow release" of ex roosting Starling with small regular 20 to 30 parties, interspersed with a grand party of 2000, and then other large parties of 400 and 150 etc, this went on for the full watch period commencing late at 0748hrs.

Chaffinch: 67 (41 SE and 26W)
Linnet: 35 SE (plus a feeding party of 60+)
Skylark: 4 SE
Fieldfare: 5 SE (one party)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Starling: 20 W

Other: 
Starling: 2790 E x Silverdale roost going out feeding

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays Log Sun 3rd Nov 2019 (Click over to enlarge)





Saturday 2nd November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 0900hrs
Wind: SE12-23mph, 7c 0.mm rain, 95% humidity, 9% cloud, 976.3mb pressure. On site at 0650hrs and showing SSE 5mph patchy cloudy and bright. 

Quiet throughout a few Redwing leaving Hutton Roof roost, Chaffinch a definite wind down and little in the way of general thrushes. I think the migration days in any numbers are on their last legs!  I'll still give it a day or two longer....

Chaffinch: 171 (161SE and 10W)
Linnet: 154 (147SE and 7W)
Redpoll: 4 W (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 16 SE
Skylark: 1 SE
Redwing: 9 SW (one party x roost in HR)
Song Thrush: 6 SE (all singles)
Starling: 99 W (60,15,4,20)
Woodpigeon: 15 NW (single party)

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Log for 2nd November 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


 This morning looking North West (small birds entry)
This morning looking South-South East (small birds exit)




TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 

Friday 1st November 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 
Wind: E 7-18mph, 8c, 0.5mm rain, 100% cloud, 999mb pressure.

SORRY THERE WILL BE NO COUNT TODAY OWING TO OTHER PRE ARRANGED COMMITTMENTS..... WILL HOPEFULLY BE BACK ON SATURDAY AM..




Thursday 31st October 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs - 1100hrs
Wind: E6-14mph, 3c, 0.mm rain, 77% humidity, 0% cloud, 1021.2mb pressure.  On arrival winds SE 7 mph. It freshened to 12-15mph by 1015hrs and even greater to 15-25 by 1100hrs.

The Thrushes did not go for it today, neither did I expect with wind direction and speeds changing to SE. The Starlings were even larger parties some to 300 but these also seem to drop from 1000hrs. Small Redwing parties earlier well disorientated some going ESW. Starlings ex roost (3000) stopped closeby and started doing small murmurations before falling to the ground and after 15 minutes feeding, set of again on their normal onward journey to Kirkby Lonsdale areas.

Fieldfare: 777 NW (11 parties) best: 1x200,1x130,1x100,1x80,2x60
Redwing: 176 mainly WSW and NW (5 parties and lots of single number groups)
Song Thrush: 3 SE
Blackbird: 2 SE
Starling: 1416 W (30 parties) best 2x300,1x200,1x100,3x50
Chaffinch: 227 (177SE and 50W)
Linnet: 197 SE
Skylark: 30 SE
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE
Woodpigeon: 11 NW
Raven: 2 SE

Other:
Starling: 12000 plus East x Silverdale roost at 0705 plus small groups later.

Todays reports from other areas:
4300 Starling SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Log for today 31st October 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


A nearby spooky Halloween tree




Wednesday 30th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs - 0930hrs and then 1045hrs to 1130hrs.
Wind: ENE 2-8mph, 4c, 0.mm rain, 87% humidity, 0% cloud, 1027.7mb pressure. All dropped by 1130am which coincided with strengthening of wind to 12mph and directional change to ESE, losing the whole important Northern element.

Again good numbers of Fieldfare, but sadly missed the crucial hour! still did OK. Starlings were well going for it today, probably their peak day I would have imagined. It all stopped with the thrushes at 1115hrs as though someone turned the tap off....

Fieldfare: 4104 all NW (60 parties) best parties:1x260,2x200,1x170,1x150,1x140,2x120,6x100
Redwing: 406 all NW (7 parties) best: 1x100,1x80,2x60,2x50
Blackbird: 3 NE (one party)
Song Thrush: 3 W (one party)
Starling: 1022 all W (27 parties) best: 1x100,1x80,1x70,1x60,4x50
Chaffinch: 181 (135 SE and 31W and 15NE)
Linnet: 77 SE (2,30,20,5,20)
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE
Woodpigeon: 517 NW (11 parties: best 1x100,1x70,1x60,2x50
Skylark: 13 SE 
Pink Footed Goose: 5W at 0814hrs

Other:

Starling: 5000 E x Silverdale roost at 0658hrs then 300,20,20,15,40,7,6,30


Todays reports from other areas:

3783 Starling NW - Stainburn Moor, Harrogate, North Yorks
4422 Redwing ENE - Stainburn Moor, Harrogate, North Yorks
3536 Starling SW - West Common, Lincoln
3690 Fieldfare N- Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire
3030 Redwing N - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire
4541 Starling NNW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire
6267 Fieldfare NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
4949 Redwing NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.

Todays reports from Netherlands:

21911 Starling S - De Bloedberg, Monster
25954 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
11564 Redwing S - Leeuwarder bos
20433 Redwing S - De Horde (Lopik)
14840 Starling S - Woudrichem, Merwede

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 

Log for today Wed Oct 30th 2019 - Click over to enlarge







Tuesday 29th October 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs - 1400hrs
Wind: NE 8-14mph, 2c, 0.mm rain, 88% humidity, 1027.8mb pressure.Very cold and cloudy in patches with blue skies in between.

Birding was great with large Fieldfare parties right from the word go.  Again using the same lines as yesterday and the regular lines on a Northerly directional wind. 1 line goes directly across Hutton Roof west flank or over the summit in a North West direction. Or another lines comes over from Dalton Hall and in the direction over the back side of Burton (Peter Cummings fields) and then crossing over Vic Lane at the back of the old Vicarage and up past Curwen Wood. Missed thousands which were going directly North over Hutton Roof towards the Lune Valley side. 

Fieldfare:7897 North or North West (no West movement today) Parties: 92 parties (best parties: 1x300,2x250,5x200,1x180,1x170,1x160,6x150,1x140,2x130,4x120,1x110,6x100.
Redwing: 350 N/NW Parties: 10 
Starling: 768 W (22 parties: best 1x120,3x60,2x50)
Chaffinch:289  194 SE, 48 West, 47 NE (6 parties)
Linnet: 179 SE
Redpoll: 2 SE
Goldfinch: 50 SE (10,20,20)
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE (1,1,5,1)
Skylark: 17 SE (5,23)
Woodpigeon: 1012 North/NW
Pink Footed Goose: 131 W/NW (5@0719hrs,120@0812hrs and 6@1200hrs)

Other:
Starlings E 1285 x Silverdale roost from 0655hrs

Todays reports from NETHERLANDS

10000 Redwing SW - Vlieland, Noordzeekurst Dam 30
22934 Starling S - De Horde Lopik
181501 Woodpigeon S - Karstraat, Wittem
10925 Starling S - Karstraat, Wittem
36665 Redwing S - Springertduin Ouddorp
86050 Woodpigeon S - De Groote Peel
***170215 Starling S *** Havelandwep, Eibergen
15904 Starling S - De Lemelerberg
117230 Fieldfare S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
72000 Fieldfare S - De Puinhoop, Katwijk



TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Log for today Tues 29th Oct 2019 - Click over to enlarge





Monday 28th October 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs- 1400hrs 
Wind: NE 5-6mph, 2c, 0.mm rain, Sunny, 0% Cloud, 1027mb pressure. First real cold snap of the year. Very cold until late morning.

Got a nice surprise to be getting Fieldfare from almost first light, its quite obvious the birds would have crossed over the North Sea during the night. Several of the parties were tired and where seen to drop down for a short rest for some 15 minutes before resuming their journeys. All birds went West. Good Woodpigeon movement but all NW.

Fieldfare: 1823 W (22 parties) best, 1x250,1x200,2x150,1x140,1x130,1x100.
Redwing: 30 SW at first light.
Blackbird: 4W (1,3)
Song Thrush: 2 SE (1,1)
Starling: 175W (10,20,35,10,30,20,40,10)
Chaffinch: 309 (269 SE and 40 W)
Linnet: 75 SE
Goldfinch: 14 SE (11,2,1)
Skylark: 15 SE (9,6)
Alba Wagtail: 1 SE
Woodpigeon: 1119 all NW (25 parties) (best parties 2x100)

Other:
Starling 934 plus - all East x roost from silverdale from 0656hrs

Todays reports from other areas:

26100 Woodpigeon SW - Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire
16624 Woodpigeon S - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
3013 Fieldfare NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire
1835 Fieldfare SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
25007 Woodpigeon W - Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
5947 Fieldfare NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
1943 Fieldfare NW - Bury, Greater Manchester.

Todays reports from areas overseas (Netherlands)

37964 Starling S - Karsfraat, Wittem.
***72323 Fieldfare S*** - De Vulkaan, Den Haag.
20188 Starling S - Ballooervelde, Drenthe
44407 Starling S - Bergen aan Zee
***63516 Fieldfare S *** - Bergen aan Zee
16894 Fieldfare S - Pelemer, Zeewering.Todays reports from other areas:

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 




Getting things ready for Thursdays presentation





Sunday 27th October 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs - 0900hrs
Wind: W 12-25mph, 7c, 0.1mm rain, Sunny, 11% cloud, 1020mb pressure 
Clocks were turned back for one hour during the night. Wind more like WNW 7mph at 0638hrs on site.

Never even got going with minimal birds and dropped by 0830hrs.

Chaffinch: 67 (45SE and 22W)
Linnet: 176 SE
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE
Starling: 11 W
Greylag Goose: 11 N at 0642hrs

Other:
Kestrel: 1 local
Starling: 815 E x Silverdale roost at 0656hrs

No reports from other UK and Overseas areas.....


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 



Log for today Sun 27th Oct 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


Today looking NW (small birds entry)


Today looking SSE (small birds exit)




Saturday 26th October 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0800hrs - 0915hrs and also 1400 to 1430hrs
East 3-5 mph, 5c, 0.8mm rain, 100% cloud cover, 93% humidity, 1005mb pressure. Light rain throughout count. Lather SW 3mph

Lots of Blackbirds about this morning, all the way up Vicarage lane they were flying across Lane and in front of car, and lots cackling from the hedgerows, a obvious fall in the night. Went up to watchpoint at 1400hrs and it was busy for about 30 minutes, numbers now integrated.

Chaffinch: (Total: 183) - early session 76 (74SE and 2 W) 0814hrs first birds - afternoon session plus 107 SE birds (1400hrs)
Linnets: (Total: 281) - early session 70 (67SE and 3 W) also afternoon session -  a large cloud with 300 birds first birds 0807hrs also 211 birds SE at (1400hrs) 
Goldfinch: 30 SE (5,15,10)
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE (1,1,1,1,1)
Redwing: 3 SE (one party)
Blackbird 4 SE (3,1)
Skylark: 13 SE (8,5 ) afternoon session (1400hrs)

Other:
Starling: 1530 E (1000,300,200,30) at 0813hrs
Linnets: A large cloud of no less than 300 birds presumed blogging feeding crop
Woodpigeon: 30 feeding on fields. 


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 





Todays Log (26th Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge





Friday 25th October 2019
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs - 1030hrs
Wind: WSW 2-5mph, 5c, 0mm rain, 93% humidity, 100% Cloud, 1009.2mb pressure. A fairly still morning with very little going on.

The birds were again quiet, especially the Chaffinch. The Woodpigeon were coming through early along Hutton Roof flanks heading in a North West direction, although they were coming down and enjoying the probable beech mast on Hutton Roof. Several nice balls of pigeons on pasage. A pair of Bramblings was nice. Also a Heron which you do not get as a rule on our routing.

Chaffinch: 178 (162 SE and 16 W)
Linnet: 217 (172 SE and 35 W)
Brambling: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE
Skylark: 5 SE
Redwing: 10 SE (one party)
Song Thrush: 6 SE (2,2,2)
Fieldfare: 1 East
Starling: 20 W (one party)
Pink Footed Goose: 17 S/SW (5 at 0800 then 12SW at 0918hrs)
Woodpigeon: 594 all NW across flanks of Hutton Roof.

Other:

Starling: 0800 East from Silverdale roost: 70,80,50,15,100,500,50,5,4.

Interesting reports today from other UK areas:- 
2731 Starling SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs
3116 Starling W - Anglers CP, West Yorks
91247 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
4997 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
16708 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
3647 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk

Interesting reports today from overseas:-

Gone right off the boil in the Netherlands compared to yesterdays collossal numbers..... 

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 



Todays Log (Fri 25th Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge


Looking out to NW at 0800hrs (small birds entry)





Yesterdays (Thursdays) records from other areas:

1739 Redwing S - Hale Head, Widnes, Halton.

13381 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs Obs, Norfolk (**** so far peak day for Starlings here and also in Europe see records below**** 25th is the regular)

Yesterdays (Thursdays) records from overseas: (Netherlands)

16600 Starling S - Aan de Major
10904 Chaffinch S - Karstraat, Wittem
4974 Redwing S - Karsttaat, Wittem
6001 Chaffinch S - Kwintelooijen (bij Veenendaal)
11900 Starling S - Zwartelad, Sheveninger
10396 Redwing S - Dordtske Biesbosch
22081 Starling S - Kinderdijk
10042 Redwing S - Kinderdijk
***108620 Starling*** S - De Vulkaan Den Haag
22112 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaeen Den Haag
49380 Starling S - Springertduin, Ouddorp
8590 Chaffinch S - Springertduin, Ouddorp
32230 Starling S - Ijmuidenaan Zee
20840 Starling S - Ketelbrug/Kamperhoek
22885 Starling S - Westensthouwen


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Thursday 24th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs - 1100hrs
Wind: SSE 6-10mph, 9c, 0mm rain, 90% humidity, 100% Cloud, 1001mb pressure, light specking drizzle from the off and up to 0900hrs, visibility down to 175 yards which seem to make things dark and dismal and never really cleared although did get a little better. 

Very quiet throughout, never really got going. Did have a couple of small Thrush parties which seemed agitated of their direction but eventually decided that a South direction seemed the best.

Chaffinch: 260 (219 SE and 4lW)
Linnet: 143 SE
Greenfinch: 5 SE
Alba Wagtail: 12 (all singles)
Skylark: 3 SE
Redwing: 33 (20S/SE, 3W, 10S)
Fieldfare: 50 SW
Song Thrush: 3 SE (1,1,1)
Woodpigeon: 70 NW (40,30)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1E
Black Headed Gull: 40 SE

Other:
Starling 1000 E ex Silverdale roost at 0817hrs all directly overhead in tight ball, also, 20E,25E,1E,30E

Todays records from other areas:

1739 Redwing S - Hale Head, Widnes, Halton.
13381 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs Obs, Norfolk

Todays records from overseas: (Netherlands)

16600 Starling S - Aan de Major
10904 Chaffinch S - Karstraat, Wittem
4974 Redwing S - Karsttaat, Wittem
6001 Chaffinch S - Kwintelooijen (bij Veenendaal)
11900 Starling S - Zwartelad, Sheveninger
10396 Redwing S - Dordtske Biesbosch
22081 Starling S - Kinderdijk
10042 Redwing S - Kinderdijk
***108620 Starling*** S - De Vulkaan Den Haag
22112 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaeen Den Haag
49380 Starling S - Springertduin, Ouddorp
8590 Chaffinch S - Springertduin, Ouddorp
32230 Starling S - Ijmuidenaan Zee
20840 Starling S - Ketelbrug/Kamperhoek
22885 Starling S - Westensthouwen

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays Log Thr 24th Oct 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


 0800hrs looking West/North West (small birds entry)
0800hrs looking South East (small birds exit)






Also worth checking nearby and far away OBSERVATORY VISMIG LINKS (below):

HEYSHAM  
WALNEY
BARDSEY  (then click on blog tab)
FLEETWOOD
HILBRE 
FLAMBOROUGH
SPURN
SANDWICH BAY
DUNGENESS
PORTLAND BILL
FAIR ISLE
ISLE OF MAY (then click Bird News 2019 tab)

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs-1200hrs
Wind: S9-17mph, 7c, 0mm rain, 87% humidity, 59% Cloud, 1015mb pressure.

Talk about after the Lord Mayor's Show, well today was that! Obviously the Thrush were not about other than a sprinkling which seemed to be going in various directions. 

Chaffinch: 306 (282 SE and 14 W)
Linnet: 216 (213 SE and 3 SW)
Redpoll: 3 SE (one party)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 11 SE
Skylark: 6 SE
Fieldfare: 98 (20 W/SW,10E,4E,4E,6NW,9W,30SW,15N)
Redwing: 171 (5SW,3SW,30SW,12SW,50SE,1E,6E,30SW,10SW,9S/SW,5SW,10SW)
Starling: 50W (15,2,4,5,20,4)
Woodpigeon: 29 NW
Pink Footed Goose: 6 SE at 1135hrs

Other:
Starling 632 E x roost at 0755 and onwards

Reports for today from other areas:
1250 Redwing SW Tweseldown, Hampshire.
2318 Redwing SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire
1338 Fieldfare SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire

Reports for today from overseas:
24537 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
2651 Skylark S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4261 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
2977 Siskin S - De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays Log (Wed 23rd Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge

 Early shot just after arrival

 This is the sky looking towards the W/NW (small birds entry)

This is the sky looking towards the South/South East (small birds exit)






Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs - 1400hrs
Wind: WSW 10-21mph, 8c, 0mm rain, 83% humidity, 100% Cloud, 1019.9mb pressure. Wind started at 4 mph but by early afternoon had freshened to around the 12mph. Dry throughout, Cold at times, Sunny by early afternoon.

Another good Thrush day with most of the activity like yesterday coming across the west flank or the summit of Hutton Roof all heading NW or W. A couple of Brambling today. Odd large skein of Pink Footed Goose. Of interest small finch party travelling through with Fieldfare. The thrushes seem to dry up by about 1300hrs with just odd bits and pieces afterwards. 

Fieldfare: 3200 all W/NW (49 parties) best parties: 1x340,1x250,1x220,1x200, 2x150,2x120,3x100,1x80,2x70,2x60,10x50,
Redwing: 2474 all W/NW (47 parties) best parties: 2x150,2x140,1x130,1x120,3x100,2x80,3x60,8x50
Blackbird: 1 SE
Mistle Thrush: 2 W
Song Thrush: 8 W (2,1,5)
Starling: 253 W (8,10,30,20,20,5,2,50,15,15,15,8,20,20,15)
Chaffinch: 313 (222SE and 91W)
Linnet: 476 (466 SE and 10 W)
Brambling: 2
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Goldfinch: 21 SE (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 1 SE
Skylark: 2 SE
Woodpigeon: 292 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 130 W at 0950hrs (one skein)

Other:
Starling: 5000 E plus in linear wave x roost at 0757hrs

Todays interesting records from other areas:
1871 Starling SW - Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
939 Chaffinch SW - Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales

Todays interesting records from overseas:
7500 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
18484 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 



Todays busy log (Tues 22nd Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge


 This mornings view to the W/NW (Birds entry)

This mornings view along the West Flanks of Hutton Roof
The Thrush entry route 




Yesterdays (Monday) interesting reports from other areas:

3240 Redwing S - Leith Hill, Dorking Surrey
2760 Redwing SW - Box Hill, Surrey
1408 Redwing SW - Black Bank, Staffs
4510 Redwing NE - Severnside, Gloucs
2673 Chaffinch NE - Severnside, Gloucs
1520 Fieldfare SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs
2613 Redwing E - Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
3763 Fieldfare (3461 NNW and 301 SW) - Caldene Fields, Bradford W.Yorks
3542 Fieldfare NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
4261 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
3240 Redwing SW - Leith Hill, Dorking, Surrey
2434 Redwing SW - Butterfly Reservoir, Derbyshire
1310 Fieldfare W - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.
2676 Fieldfare NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr
2901 Redwing NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr

Yesterdays (Monday) interesting reports from areas overseas:

23869 Starling S - Bergen aan Zee - Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 

Monday 21st October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs - 1300hrs and 1530 to 1730hrs.
Wind: N/NE 3-15mph, 5c, 0mm rain, 88% humidity, 94% Cloud cover, 1021.5mb pressure.

Another good Thrush day as expected with more Fieldfare than Redwing. Also at times could hear Fieldfare calling from high but just could not get on them! They were coming through straight from the start but it dropped at around the 1100hrs which after that just odd parties continuing through at about every 20 minutes (as at time of leaving 1300hrs). Another 3 Whooper Swans. Great Starling passage W today (the best day so far) Checking out of the window at 1530hrs I noticed they had started going through again so I had a couple of hours at the watchpoint and had a further 1527 Fieldfare including one magnificient party of 700 birds. Redwing still going through at 1730hrs. Also nice to get a pair of Brambling

Fieldfare: 5443 W/NW - 71 parties (best parties: 1x700, 1x400,1x370,1x200, 2x180,4x100,3x150,1x120,1x90,1x80,7x70,8x60,7x50, (1527 1530 to 1730hrs)
Redwing: 1350 W/NW - 24 parties (best parties: 1x300,1x150, 1x100,1x120,1x100,1x80,2x60,4x50
Starling: 476 W - 18 parties (best parties: 3x50,3x30,4x20,3x15,1x13
Song Thrush: 3 W (one party)
Blackbird: 5 W (one party)
Chaffinch: 303 (221 SE and 82W) 
Brambling: 2 SE
Goldfinch: 20 SE (one party)
Greenfinch: 2 SE
Linnet: 597 all SE (best parties: 1x80,1x60,2x50,4x40,2x30,4x20
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE
Skylark: 13 SE (one party 11)
Whooper Swans 3 NW at 1020hrs
Woodpigeon: 103 SE (30,50,20,3)

Other:
Starling: 153 E x roost at 0804. 600 plus also came back in to roost at 1735hrs.
Linnet: 200 plus feeding up party (recent slurry area and also areas with Fat Hen

Todays interesting reports from other areas:

3240 Redwing S - Leith Hill, Dorking Surrey
2760 Redwing SW - Box Hill, Surrey
1408 Redwing SW - Black Bank, Staffs
4510 Redwing NE - Severnside, Gloucs
2673 Chaffinch NE - Severnside, Gloucs
1520 Fieldfare SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs
2613 Redwing E - Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
3763 Fieldfare (3461 NNW and 301 SW) - Caldene Fields, Bradford W.Yorks
3542 Fieldfare NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
4261 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
3240 Redwing SW - Leith Hill, Dorking, Surrey
2434 Redwing SW - Butterfly Reservoir, Derbyshire
1310 Fieldfare W - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.
2676 Fieldfare NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr
2901 Redwing NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr

Todays interesting reports from areas overseas:

23869 Starling S - Bergen aan Zee - Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 




Todays log (Mon 21st Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge


 This was the main routing of the Thrushes today - crossing over Hutton Roof (shown above)
from the right hand and all the way through to the left hand before veering West

This is the other route they took which shows them having come up from
somewhere near Dalton Hall and crossing over Vicarage Lane, again
to head across to the West.






Yesterdays (Sunday) reports from other areas:

2191 Chaffinch W - Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
402 Skylark W - Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
3325 Fieldfare SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
4953 Redwing SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
3063 Fieldfare NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
6677 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
1174 Fieldfare SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
3562 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
1190 Fieldfare NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
2332 Redwing NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
5179 Woodpigeon SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.

Yesterdays (Sunday) reports from overseas:

55281 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan Den Haag, Netherlands
6798 Siskin S - De Vulkaan Den Haag, Netherlands
42076 Starling S - De Vulkaan Den Haag, Netherlands
23869 Starling S - Bergen Aan Zee, Netherlands
13858 Chaffinch S - De Bloedberg, Monster, Netherlands
13340 Starling S - De Bloedberg, Monster, Netherlands


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 

Sunday 20th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs - 1230hrs 
Wind: N 6mph, 5c, 0mm rain, 82% humidity, 4% cloud cover, 1009.4mb pressure
Wind freshened to 18mph and to NNE direction by around the 1100hrs. Felt as though it was freezing with chill down to 3c

A cracking morning with yet another Herd of Whiteness (Whooper Swans) 12 birds again heading SE, also the first major movement with the Fieldfare all West, hugging to the top and west side of Hutton Roof, and then continuing along Farleton Fell and at the end veered off to the left heading a true West up into the Lakes, some came a little wider and directly above me. Good parties: 1x500, 1x300, 1x210.

Chaffinch: 312 (246 SE and 66W)
Linnet: 478 (397 SE and 81W) best: 1x50,1x40,4x30,7x20
Greenfinch: 6 SE (4,1,1)
Alba Wagtail: 21 SE
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Skylark: 27 SE (9,10,1,1,4,2)
Redwing: 1376 W (32 parties - best: 1x150,5x100,3x60,6x50,6x40)
Fieldfare: 2598 W (29 parties - best: 1x500,1x300,1x210,1x150,7x100,1x80,1x70,3x60,1x55,3x50
Mistle Thrush: 2 W
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Blackbird: 1 W
Starling: 19 W (3,8,6,2)
Whooper Swan 12 SE at 0800hrs approx
Woodpigeon: 163 S

Other:
Starling: 130 E x roost at 0746hrs.

Today (Sunday) reports from other areas:

2191 Chaffinch W - Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
402 Skylark W - Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
3325 Fieldfare SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
4953 Redwing SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
3063 Fieldfare NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
6677 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
1174 Fieldfare SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
3562 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
1190 Fieldfare NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
2332 Redwing NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
5179 Woodpigeon SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.

Today (Sunday) reports from overseas:

55281 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan Den Haag, Netherlands
6798 Siskin S - De Vulkaan Den Haag, Netherlands
42076 Starling S - De Vulkaan Den Haag, Netherlands
23869 Starling S - Bergen Aan Zee, Netherlands
13858 Chaffinch S - De Bloedberg, Monster, Netherlands
13340 Starling S - De Bloedberg, Monster, Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count") 


Todays log (Sun 20th Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge


 This mornings sky looking NW (birds entry)
This mornings sky looking SE (birds exit)



Yesterdays (Saturday) reports from other areas:

8243 Woodpigeon S - Hale Head, Widnes
943 Redwing S - Hale Head, Widnes
4815 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
5575 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
2143 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk

Yesterdays (Saturday) reports from overseas:
Small numbers to record check out with Trektellen on the link below.



Saturday 19th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 0915hrs
Wind: NNE 6-7mph, 5c, 0mm rain, 92% humidity, 60% cloud cover, 995mb pressure. 

Quiet yet again with very little moving. So nice to have a "Herd of Whiteness" with 16 Whooper Swans going from West to SE.

Chaffinch: 128 (87 SE and 41 W)
Linnet: 338 (229 SE and 109W) best: 1x50, 2x30, 3x25, 3x20, 1x15,1x12, 2x10
Redpoll: 7 SE
Greenfinch: 3 SE
Goldfinch: 20 SE (one party)
Redwing: 21 W (3,6,12)
Song Thrush: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 10 SE,
Skylark: 43 SE (21,1,11,9,1)
Woodpigeon: 5 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 18 SE at 0755hrs
Greylag Goose: 11 SE at 0735hrs
Whooper Swan: 16 SE (one party at 0824hrs)

Other:
Starling: 51 E x roost at 0805hrs

Todays reports from other areas:
8243 Woodpigeon S - Hale Head, Widnes
943 Redwing S - Hale Head, Widnes
4815 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
5575 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
2143 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")


Today's Log (Sat 19th October 2019) Click over to enlarge


16 Whoopers heading SE (Click over to enlarge)


Photo of todays Sky at 0745hrs (From NW/W - Birds entry) 

Photo of todays Sky at 0745hrs (To SE Birds exit) 





Reports from yesterday (Friday) from other areas:

1115 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
3847 Starlings S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk

Reports from yesterday (Friday) from overseas:
(used for indication purposes to show the migration of Chaffinch, Starling are without doubt at their PEAK on the Continent)

10750 Chaffinch S, De Bloedberg, Monster, Netherlands
44900 Chaffinch S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
27140 Starling S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
12310 Redwing S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
1415 Fieldfare S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
1250 Brambling S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
53644 Chaffinch S, De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands
33853 Starling S, De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")

Friday 18th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs -1030hrs
Wind: ENE 4mph, 7c, 0.1mm rainfall, 92% humidity, 100% Cloud cover and 994.3mb pressure. Cloud cover reducing all the time to 50% then 75% and by 0900hrs it was bright and sunny. Early on rolling mist in the bottom and over Hutton Roof but cleared 0845hrs.

Not a lot going on this morning, but so nice to get a large 152 skein of Pinks heading from the SE to the NW and then veering to the West. A marked absence in Linnet numbers today.

Chaffinch: 218 (184SE and 34W)  best: 1x18,1x10,2x7
Linnet: 93 (53SE and 40W) best: 2x20,1x15,1x10.
Redpoll: 2 SE
Goldfinch: 1 SE
Meadow Pipit: 2 SE (1,1)
Alba Wagtail: 9 SE
Redwing: 37 (3E,18SW,5W,10W,1NW)
Song Thrush: 21 all directions (best 8 SE)
Fieldfare: 5 NW
Starling: 8W (with 1 thrush in the party)
Long Tailed Tit: 2 SE
Skylark: 6 SE
Pink Footed Goose 192 W (40W at 0802 then 152 S to W at 0930hrs)
Cormorant: 2W
Goosander: 1 female SE at 0850
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1 S

Other:
Starling: 3 E x roost at 0756

Reports for today from other areas:

1115 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
3847 Starlings S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk

Reports for today from overseas:

10750 Chaffinch S, De Bloedberg, Monster, Netherlands
44900 Chaffinch S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
27140 Starling S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
12310 Redwing S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
1415 Fieldfare S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
1250 Brambling S, Ketelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
53644 Chaffinch S, De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands
33853 Starling S, De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")



Todays Log (Fri 18th Oct 2019) Click over to enlarge


Shows the large 152 skein Pink Feet heading from South to NW then veering West
(Click over to enlarge)

 Looking out to NW this morning (bird entry)

 Looking out to NW this morning (bird exit)





Records from yesterday (Thursday) out of our area:
2205 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
772 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
2551 Redwing S - Hale Head, Widnes
8522 Woodpigeon S - Hale Head Widnes
1570 Redwing SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs.

Records from yesterday (Thursday) overseas
4345 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
20230, Starling S - Kabelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
5310 Chaffinch S - Kabelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands

1966 Chaffinch S - Bergan Aan Zee, Netherlands.


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")

Thursday 17th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs -1030hrs
Wind: SE 5-8mph, 6c, 0.mm rain, 88% humidity, 3% Cloud cover, 1002.8mb pressure. Down to 5c and felt really cold - came bright and sunny after 1000hrs.

It started really well with a good burst up to 0815hrs, then it was as though someone had turned the tap off with just trickles after that. Nice to get Siskin and Brambling. One large skein of Pinks heading South to NW.

Chaffinch: 250 (226 SE and 24 W) best: 1x18,1x9,1x8.
Linnet: 262 (209 SE 53W) best: 1x50,1x30,3x20, 1x15,1x14,2x12,2x10
Brambling: 12 SE (one party)
Siskin: 7 SE (5,2)
Greenfinch: 2 SE (1,1)
Alba Wagtail: 24 SE
Meadow Pipit: 14 SE (13,1)
Skylark: 6 SE (2,1,3)
Long Tailed Tit: 12 SE (one party)
Redwing: 56 W/SW (3SW,13W,2W,13SW,12SW,8SW,5SW)
Blackbird: 1 SE
Song Thrush: 5 (1 SE and 4 W/NW)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE
Starling: 28 W (2,20,6)
Pink Footed Goose: 120 W (one skein at 0833)
Cormorant: 2 SE at 0818hrs

Other:
100 plus Linnet blogging party feeding up
Kestrel: 1 local 

Records from today out of our area:
2205 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
772 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
2551 Redwing S - Hale Head, Widnes
8522 Woodpigeon S - Hale Head Widnes
1570 Redwing SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs.

Records for today overseas
4345 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
20230, Starling S - Kabelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
5310 Chaffinch S - Kabelbrug, Kamperhoek, Netherlands
1966 Chaffinch S - Bergan Aan Zee, Netherlands.



Todays Log - please click over to enlarge



Todays sky view at 0800hrs (birds entry)



Todays sky view at 0800hrs (birds exit)







Reports from yesterday (Wednesday) from other areas (UK)

1486 Redwing SW - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.

Reports from yesterday (Wednesday) from overseas:

11318 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4138 Redwing S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
2893 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
23213 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands.
23637 Starling S - Laaxum ZW Friesland, Netherlands
19010 Starling S - Ketelbrug/Kamperhoek, Netherlands
33276 Starling S - Bergen, Aan Zee, Netherlands
20719 Starling S - Havelandweg, Eibergen, Netherlands


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs
Wind: SE 8mph, 11c, 88% humidity, 0.8mm rain, 100% Cloud, 996.6 mb pressure. It was hard work with rain medium at times heavy through to 1000hrs and off and on until 1100 when it became clearer with sun breaking through and 5% blue skies. Also making things difficult was it started out SE winds, but by 1000hrs you could see thrushes totally disorientated and going in all directions, then I checked the winds which should they had changed from SE to SW and through to West.  Things picked up a little from this change especially when it started to rain yet again, but soon birds where coming through strong (Chaffs and Linnets) and then when everything was dry and settled it just stopped at 1100hrs and birds shut down.....First large Fieldfare party eg: 40

Chaffinch: 295 (272SE and 23W) best:2x21,1x14,1x10,1x9,3x8 3x7,4x6
Linnet: 328 (288 SE and 40 W) best: 1x60,2x40,1x30,1x20,1x25,2x20,1x15
Goldfinch: 6 W (one party)
Meadow Pipit: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 47 SE (best 1x15,1x10,12x9)
Swallow: 1 SE
Skylark: 95 SE (1,7,20,1,32,2,1,1,17,4,5)
Blackbird: 6 (3N,2SE,1N)
Song Thrush: 2 SE
Redwing: 196 (6NW,145W,20E,20SE,5SW)
Fieldfare: 87 (40N,20SE,12SW,14W)
Starling: 6W (one party)
Pink Footed Goose: 14SW at 1109hrs

Other:
Starlings 50 E x roost at 0805hrs

Reports for today from other areas (UK)

1486 Redwing SW - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.

Reports for today from overseas:

11318 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4138 Redwing S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
2893 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
23213 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands.
23637 Starling S - Laaxum ZW Friesland, Netherlands
19010 Starling S - Ketelbrug/Kamperhoek, Netherlands
33276 Starling S - Bergen, Aan Zee, Netherlands
20719 Starling S - Havelandweg, Eibergen, Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")



Todays untidy smudged log! (Click over to enlarge)


 Sky view to West/North West (birds entry) at 0745hrs

 Sky view to South East (birds exit) at 0745hrs







Reports yesterday (Tuesday) from other areas:-

1237 Redwing S - Thorncombe , Godalming, Surrey
555 Chaffinch S - Thorncombe, Godalming, Surrey
5051 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
1058 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
7295 Redwing - Flamborough, East Yorkshire
726 Redwing SW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr
5000 Redwing W - Sheringham BO, Norfolk
2893 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
16869 Redwing NW - Spurn Obs, East Yorks

Reports for yesterday (Tuesday) from overseas:-

50,617 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
29,076 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4022 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4287 Skylark S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands


Also worth checking nearby and far away OBSERVATORY VISMIG LINKS (below):

HEYSHAM  
WALNEY
BARDSEY  (then click on blog tab)
FLEETWOOD
HILBRE 
FLAMBOROUGH
SPURN
SANDWICH BAY
DUNGENESS
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Tuesday 15th October 2019


"Can't afford a lie in when your vismigging
you don't know just what you might be missing"
hundreds of skylarks, a thousand chaffs or a few
thousand thrushes..............it's another Easterly

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs
Wind: ENE 2mph, 10c, 0.mm rain, 89% humidity, 100% down to 40% cloud, 1001.6mb pressure

Another quieter day with nothing going crazy. 

Chaffinch: 321 (261 SE and 60 W) best:2x20,1x11,1x10,1x8,2x5
Linnet: 211 (154 SE and 57 W) best: 1x80,2x15,2x12,1x11,2x10
Redpoll: 5 SE (one party)
Goldfinch: 7 SE (one party)
Brambling: 2 SE
Meadow Pipit: 36 SE (26,2,1,2,1,2,2)
Alba Wagtail: 18 SE 
Redwing: 68 (45 SW and 23 SE) (4,5,4,30,3,7,3,8)
Blackbird: 3 E
Song Thrush: 2 SE
Starling: 1 W
Skylark: 42 SE (4,2,12,1,13,4,1,5)
Cormorant: 1N

Other:
Reports today from other areas:-

1237 Redwing S - Thorncombe , Godalming, Surrey
555 Chaffinch S - Thorncombe, Godalming, Surrey
5051 Starling S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
1058 Chaffinch S - Heacham South Beach, Norfolk
7295 Redwing - Flamborough, East Yorkshire
726 Redwing SW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr
5000 Redwing W - Sheringham BO, Norfolk
2893 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
16869 Redwing NW - Spurn Obs, East Yorks

Reports for today from overseas:-

50,617 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
29,076 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4022 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4287 Skylark S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")




Todays Log - Click over to enlarge



Yesterdays (Monday) records from other sites:

2800 Goldfinch NE - Lavernock Point, Glamorgan, Wales
1310 Chaffinch NE - Lavernock Point, Glamorgan, Wales
1021 Meadow Pipits S - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
3625 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
4146 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk.
1110 Meadow Pipit SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
288 Linnet SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
3760 Meadow Pipit S - Walney, Cumbria
560 Skylark S - Walney, Cumbria

315 Pied Wagtail S - Walney Cumbria

Overseas yesterday (Monday):

45,669 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
3897 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
50,256 Starling S - Del Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands

Monday 14th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs-0930hrs
Wind: ESE 3-5mph, 7c, 0.mm rain, 100% Cloud, 1008mb pressure. Dry, overcast mainly just occasional sunshine to 10%. Wind freshened up to 15mph.

Birds finding it difficult to get through. Very few birds prior to 0900hrs and then it started. Nice steady passage, still going through on leaving. Excellent Skylark numbers with a single party of 43 birds. First Chaff at 0734hrs

Chaffinch: 577 (537 SE and 40 W) best: 2x40,1x20,1x17,1x16,1x14,1x13,1x11.
Linnet: 382 (374 SE and 78 W) best: 4x30,5x20,1x15,1x13,1x12,3x10
Redpoll: 5 SE (3,2)
Goldfinch: 15 SE (one party)
Brambling: 1 SE
Skylark: 200 SE best: 1x43,1x25,1x20,1x17,2x12
Meadow Pipit: 21 SE (1,2,2,2,3,9,2)
Alba Wagtail: 52 SE (best: 1x6,1x5,2x4)
Redwing: 11 SW (8,3)
Blackbird: 3 (2W and 1 SE)
Mistle Thrush 1 SE
Small Thrush species: 4 (2SE and 2W)
Woodpigeon: 12 NW

Other:
Starling: 750 E x roost at 0743
Jay: 2 E (presumed local)

Todays records from other sites:

2800 Goldfinch NE - Lavernock Point, Glamorgan, Wales
1310 Chaffinch NE - Lavernock Point, Glamorgan, Wales
1021 Meadow Pipits S - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
3625 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
4146 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk.
1110 Meadow Pipit SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
288 Linnet SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr.
3760 Meadow Pipit S - Walney, Cumbria
560 Skylark S - Walney, Cumbria
315 Pied Wagtail S - Walney Cumbria

Overseas:

45,669 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
3897 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
50,256 Starling S - Del Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")




Todays log - 14th October 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


Looking NW from watchpoint this morning







Records from yesterday (Sunday) from other areas:

2250 Redwing N - Spurn Obs, East Yorkshire
2305 Redwing SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire
255 Chaffinch SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire
1355 Starling SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire
**5535 Chaffinch S ** - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
642 Siskin S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
1680 Redwing SW - Capel, Surrey.

Sunday 13th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs-0930hrs
Wind: E 5-6mph, 9c, 0.1mm rain, 100% Cloud, 1002mb pressure. Dry for first 30 mins then light rain throughout.

A few birds went through with lots more cascading down to feed in the spent maize fields, then every now again would fly up and progress their migration. Frustrating and quiet for time of year...

Chaffinch: 163 all SE
Linnet: 41 25SE and 16W
Alba Wagtail: 10 SE
Siskin: 9 SE one party
Skylark: 5 SE
Redwing: 17 (7N,6E,4SW)
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Small Thrush species: 3 SE
Woodpigeon: 42 SE
Greylag Goose: 25 SE

Records for today from other areas:

2250 Redwing N - Spurn Obs, East Yorkshire
2305 Redwing SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire
255 Chaffinch SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire
1355 Starling SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire
5535 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
642 Siskin S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
1680 Redwing SW - Capel, Surrey.

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")



Todays log - Sun 13th October 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

Sky photo this morning from watchpoint at about 0745hrs



Reports from yesterday (Saturday) from other areas:

630 Chaffinch S - Ewden Height, Stocksbridge, Sth Yorks
1020 Meadow Pipit SW - Ewden Height, Stocksbridge, Sth Yorks.
3784 Pink Footed Goose S and N (3217 S and 567 N) Bury Area, Greater Manchester.
171 Chaffinch (129 N and 42 S) - Bury Area, Greater Manchester
156 Linnet S - Bury Area, Greater Manchester.
1992 Pink Footed Goose NE - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.
2505 Meadow Pipit S - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
397 Linnet SW - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
135 Alba S - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
608 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk.
2904 Goldfinch S - Spurn, East Yorks.
609 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks.
243 Reed Bunting S - Spurn East Yorks.
3553 Meadow Pipit SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
505 Linnet SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
215 Alba Wagtail S - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
4863 Pink Footed Goose (2938 SE and 935 N) - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")

Saturday 12th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs-0930hrs
Wind: WSW 8-16mph, 8c, 0.1mm rain, 50% cloud and 1003mb pressure by 0800hrs to blue bright sunny skies.

Still no birds about, just a few determined trickles came through.

Linnet: 95 SE
Chaffinch: 88 (81SE and 7W)
Alba Wagtail: 10 SE
Redwing: 19 SW (10,9)
Blackbird: 1 W
Skylark: 12 SE
Woodpigeon: 20 SE (4,16)
Greylag Goose: 12 SW at 0730hrs
Pink Footed Goose: 23 S (11 at 0905hrs and 12 at 0920hrs)

also a further count 1130hrs to 1230hrs

Chaffinch: 70 (62SE and 8W) best: 1x8,1x7
Linnet: 86 (46SE and 40W) best: 3x20,1x10,1x6,1x5,1x4,1x1
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE
Skylark: 23 SE (6,2,8,7)
Small Thrush: 1SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 3 E
Painted Lady Butterfly: 1 E

Reports today from other areas:
630 Chaffinch S - Ewden Height, Stocksbridge, Sth Yorks
1020 Meadow Pipit SW - Ewden Height, Stocksbridge, Sth Yorks.
3784 Pink Footed Goose S and N (3217 S and 567 N) Bury Area, Greater Manchester.
171 Chaffinch (129 N and 42 S) - Bury Area, Greater Manchester
156 Linnet S - Bury Area, Greater Manchester.
1992 Pink Footed Goose NE - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.
2505 Meadow Pipit S - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
397 Linnet SW - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
135 Alba S - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
608 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk.
2904 Goldfinch S - Spurn, East Yorks.
609 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks.
243 Reed Bunting S - Spurn East Yorks.
3553 Meadow Pipit SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
505 Linnet SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
215 Alba Wagtail S - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.

4863 Pink Footed Goose (2938 SE and 935 N) - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")



 Sky picture this morning 12th October 2019 looking NW (entry)

This was unusual cloud this morning




Friday 11th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs-0915hrs 
Wind: WSW 15-28mph, 11c, 0.1mm rain, 100% cloud, 998mb pressure. Wow it was awful yet again with light rain at first and continually flekking rain, there were brief dry spells of 5 minute periods but by 0900hrs it came on heavier.

Birds just were not interested at all and some that were trying to get through just had to succumb whilst cascading from higher altitudes to find refuge in the food foraging in Taylors fields, possibly on spent maize or seeds of other plants. Nothing at all exciting today...bring on the Easterlies... please....

Chaffinch: 37 (32 SE and 5W)
Linnet: 74 (44SE 30W)
Redwing: 1 heard
Starling: 5 W
Canada Goose: 22 W at 0825hrs

Other:
Starling: 5E x roost at 0754


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")



Todays log - Friday 11th October 2019
(Click over to enlarge)


This mornings sky photo from around 0745hrs






Yesterdays (Thursdays) other area reports include:

6377 Redwing SW - Glen Artney, Comrie, Perthshire
440 Linnets S - Long Nab, Burniston, North Yorks.
1132 Linnet S - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire.
962 Goldfinch S - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire

Yesterdays (Thursdays) further afield reports include:
7190 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4872 Starlings N and 2641 Starlings S - De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands
2998 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaeen, Den Haag, Netherlands


Thursday 10th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 0930hrs
Wind: West 17-30mph, 9c, 0.1mm rain, 87% Cloud cover, 1005mb pressure. Off and on light quick rain showers.

Probably the quietest day so far this year with very few birds going through.  Another small burst of Pink Footed Goose going through to South.  Also still a few of the last entry Redwings heading through West.

Linnet: 105 (85SE and 20W) best: 2x20,2x12
Chaffinch: 66 (39SE and 27W) 
Redwing: 107 all W/SW (3,15,5,6,20,7,11,30,7,3)
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Small Turdus: 5 W (individuals)
Skylark: 2 W
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE
Pink Footed Geese: 58 (8SE and 50 S) 8,20,10,20.
Greylag Goose: 9 SE (over Dalton Hall)

Other:
Starling 54 E x roost.

Other areas today include:

6377 Redwing SW - Glen Artney, Comrie, Perthshire
440 Linnets S - Long Nab, Burniston, North Yorks.
1132 Linnet S - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire.
962 Goldfinch S - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")




Todays Log - Thr 10th October 2019 (Click over to enlarge)





Reports from other areas YESTERDAY:

1688 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
1693 Redwing SW - Harden, Penston, South Yorkshire
3752 Redwing SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire
1408 Meadow Pipit SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire
5 Fieldfare SW - Bangor Gwynnd, North Wales 
1630 Meadow Pipit S - Spurn, East Yorks.
1921 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks.
1321 Goldfinch S - Spurn, East Yorks
383 Skylark S - Spurn, East Yorks
1246 Pink Footed Goose S - Spurn East Yorks.
30 Fieldfare - present at Spurn, East Yorks.

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1130hrs
Wind: WSW 14-26mph, 9c, 0.7mm rain, 100% cloud cover, 999mb pressure. Off on light rain showers throughout (rain only lasting 1-2 minutes at a time), bright and sunny with lots of really interesting clouds - beautiful shapes and arrangements with some black and some white. (see photos) 

Birds were having none of it today, a small number of determined went through in both Chaffinch and Linnet, but numbers were rather disappointing for the main peak dates. Although there is always something going on a a few skeins of Pinks were interesting especially the 200 party. A few Redwing making West/South West.

Chaffs: 169 (112SE and 57W) best: 1x10,9x4.
Linnet: 124 (117SE and 7W) best: 1x15,1x12,4x10.
Swallow: 3 SE (one party)
Skylark: 1 SE
Starling: 6 W (3,3)
Alba Wagtail: 55 SE best: 1x20,1x7,1x6,2x5
Redwing: 161 mainly W but a few SW best: 3x30,1x20,2x12,1x10.
Blackbird: 1 W
Woodpigeon: 10 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 325 South (15SE all others S) 15 SE at 0925hrs -overhead ,200 S at 1000hrs over A6,40S at 1000hrs overhead, 70 S at 1108 overhead
Cormorant: 1 SE

Other:
Kestrel: 1 presumed local
Peregrine: 1 presumed local

Reports from other areas today:

1688 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire
1693 Redwing SW - Harden, Penston, South Yorkshire
3752 Redwing SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire
1408 Meadow Pipit SW - Harrogate, North Yorkshire
5 Fieldfare SW - Bangor Gwynnd, North Wales 
1630 Meadow Pipit S - Spurn, East Yorks.
1921 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks.
1321 Goldfinch S - Spurn, East Yorks
383 Skylark S - Spurn, East Yorks
1246 Pink Footed Goose S - Spurn East Yorks.
30 Fieldfare - present at Spurn, East Yorks.





Tuesday 8th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs- 1030hrs
Wind WSW 17-31mph, 10c, 0.1mm rain, 7% Cloud cover, 1001mb pressure. It was raining off and on all throughout the watch. 

Birds found it a struggle to come through with wind gust to 40mph, most of the time it was on 20mph, which took them through without control and you could see both Chaffs and albas flying through side on.  Also some Redwings coming through in small parties all on the same flight line East to West. 

Linnet: 281 (240 SE and 41W) best: 1x80,1x30,1x20,2x15,1x13,1x12,3x10.
Chaffinch: 161 (117SE and 44W) best: 1x8,1x6,1x5.
Redpoll: 2 SE
Greenfinch: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 36 SE (7,1,1,1,3,14,1,2,2,1,1,2)
Reed Bunting: 1 SE
Starling: 30 W (20,2,8)
Song Thrush: 7 (5W,2SE)
Redwing: 405 W/SW best: 1x60,1x50,3x30,4x20,1x16,1x15,1x14,1x11,2x10.
Blackbird: 1 W (large tailed)
Sm Thrush species: 2
Skylark: 7 SE (1,6)
Swallow: 5 SE (3,2)
Woodpigeon: 2 SE

Other:
Starling: 150 plus East x roost at 0733hrs

Reports from other areas today:

1545 Pink Footed Goose NE - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
1352 Redwing South - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire
1240 Linnet W - Durlston NNR, Dorset
4759 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorks.
34 Fieldfare SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorks. 
2007 Redwing NE - Harden, Penistone, South Yorks
530 Chaffinch S = Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
498 Linnet SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester

Reports from Netherlands today

6203 Starling N - De Vulkaan, Den Haag
1110 Chaffinch SW - Zuidpunt Hoekse Waar
3619 Chaffinch S - Loozwerheide, bij weert
1390 Chaffinch S - Volgelhut, Saertingle
1132 Chaffinch S - Dordtse Bierbusch



Log for today Tues 8th Oct 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


How it was looking to the South East (Exit)

How it looked at 0800hrs this morning looking to NW main migration route (entry)





Monday 7th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1115hrs
Wind SSE 14 to 28mph, 10c, 0.1mm rain, 100% Cloud, 1013mb pressure. Raining early but stopped at about 0740hrs then started again at 1045hrs. Winds freshening to 15-35mph (gust).

Steady numbers throughout morning and still going through on leaving. Nothing to shout about but nice variety especially with Brambling and Redpoll.

Linnet: 240 (237SE and 3W) best: 1x40,1x30,1x25,1x20,1x16,1x13,1x12,3x10
Chaffinch: 175 (162 SE and 13W) best: 1x10,1,6,1x5
Brambling: 19 SE (2,17)
Redpoll: 6 SE (one party)
Goldfinch: 3 SE (one party)
Greenfinch: 2 SE (1,1,)
Swallow: 6 SE (2,3,1)
Alba Wagtail: 40 SE (2,2,7,1,2,5,2,6,3,5,1,1,1,1,1)
Starling: 1 W
Redwing: 83 (60 E to SE, and 13 W)
Woodpigeon 8 SE (5,3)
Heron or Egret 1 high to NW

Other:

Starling: 130 East x roost at 0739hrs (3,5,70,12,3,12,25)
Kestrel: 1 local.

Interesting records from other areas today:-
1169 Redwing S - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.
14976 Starling S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
678 Chaffinch S - Hunstanton Cliffs, Norfolk
1449 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford

Overseas:

9240 Starling S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4095 Chaffinch S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Netherlands
4326 Siskin S - De Vulkaan, Den Haag, Ntherlands


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HEYSHAM  
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FLEETWOOD
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FLAMBOROUGH
SPURN
SANDWICH BAY
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PORTLAND BILL
FAIR ISLE
ISLE OF MAY (then click Bird News 2019 tab)


TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")



Todays log Mon 7th October 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


View today when settled at 0830hrs looking to NW (main entry) 


Sky view today at 0830hrs looking to S/SE (main exit)





Sunday 6th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1030hrs
Wind: W 7-14mph, 11c, 0.1mm rain, 100% Cloud cover, 1006mb pressure. From first light at 0710hrs the mist was in the bottom and also shrouding Hutton Roof, but within minutes it gradually started creeping up and eventually filling in by 0730/0745hrs sending visibility down to 30 yards. It starting receding by about 0900 to a mile visibility, then became bright and sunny. Unfortunately the movement by then had totally given up with just the odd one or two birds having a go. 

The only Redwing activity were birds I presumed had probably roosted overnight in Hutton Roof (which is usual during a movement) with the main birds setting off West at first and then turning SW odd birds going West and some SE. Skylarks seem to have been far better numbers over the past two years and again today I had 35SE in dribs and drabs

Chaffinch: 185 (151SE and 34W)
Linnet: 86 (85SE and 1W)
Lesser Redpoll: 2 (paired)
Redwing: 190 (163 W/SW and 27SE) 7,4,50,25,20,50,3,2,2,1,8,3,3)
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE (1,1,3)
Swallow: 2NW
Skylark: 35 SE (7,4,4,7,1,3,4,1,2,1,1)
Woodpigeon: 2 SE
Brambling: audible only..

Other:

150 blogging party down feeding on maize stubble included Chaffinch, Linnet and Alba Wagtails.
Tawny Owl calling from Lancelot Clark Storth.

Interesting records from other areas: 

1200 Redwing - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire.
1100 Song Thrush - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire
80 Brambling - Spurn Obs - East Yorkshire


Log for today Sunday 6th October 2019 (Click over to enlarge)


This is a photo from 0730hrs to about 0900hrs this morning

This is a photo at around 1000hrs but on the opposite side looking South





Some of yesterdays records from other areas: 

864 Redwing (562 SW and 302 NE) - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent
753 Redwing SW - West Common, Lincoln.
2658 Redwing W - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
1152 Redwing (1013SW and 139NE) Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
2329 Redwing (41SE 100NW 2288SSE 196WNW) - Bury Area, Gtr Manchester.

Saturday 5th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1200hrs
Wind: E 6-9mph, 8c, 0mm rain, 100% Cloud, 1014mb pressure - Wind freshened to E 12mph-20mph by 0915hrs

Dropped at 0800hrs then revive a little at 0900hrs then trickles throughout morning. Nice to get Brambling calling. Just a little activity with Thrushes but nothing to shout about.

Chaffinch: 424 (387 SE and 43W) best: 1x14,1x12,1x10,3x8,1x7.
Linnet: 422 (234 SE and 188W) best: 1x60,1x40,5x20,1x15,2x12,1x11,4x10
Goldfinch: 10 SE
Brambling: 2 SE (1,1)
Alba Wagtail: 40 SE best 1x12,1x8
Starling: 2 W
Redwing: 254 (234 W/NW and 20 SE) best 1x50,2x30,5x20.
Blackbird: 3 (1W,1E,1E)
Song Thrush: 3 (1W,1SE,1SE)
Mistle Thrush: 3 E
Swallow: 4 SE (1,2,1)
Woodpigeon: 14 (1SW,5W,8SE)

Other:
Starlings: 113 E (x roost) with 60,50,3.
Skylark: 10 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly 1

Some more records for today from other areas:

864 Redwing (562 SW and 302 NE) - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent
753 Redwing SW - West Common, Lincoln.
2658 Redwing W - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
1152 Redwing (1013SW and 139NE) Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
2329 Redwing (41SE 100NW 2288SSE 196WNW) - Bury Area, Gtr Manchester.


Log for today Sat 5th Oct 2019 - Click over to enlarge


The sky this morning looking towards the Lakes (Click over to enlarge)





Friday 4th October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1115am.
Wind: WSW 12-22 mph, 11c, 1.1mm rain predicted, 100% cloud, 1001mb pressure. Rained all morning with no let up until about 1115am - the time I left.

The birds just were not having it today, I think the rain seemed to be the main problem together with medium strong WSW winds. It was nice to have some Redwings from about 0915hrs and their passage only lasted over the hour.  All birds seemed to come over or out of the middle of Hutton Roof and all went on a direct West line towards the mosses and A6

Redwing: 277 W (20,15,50,30,20,80,30,12,20)
Fieldfare: 1 W (was tagging along with a Redwing party)
Song Thrush: 2 (1SW, 1N)
Chaffinch: 103 (88SE and 15W) best: 1x15,1x11,1x8,1x7
Linnet: 26 W (11,10,4,1)
Alba Wagtail: 2 SE
Swallow: 20 SE
Starling: 6W (one party)
Woodpigeon: 22 SE
Greylag Goose: 5 SE (0745hrs)

Other:
Starling: 70 E (X roost 50 at 0752hrs and 20 one hour later)

Todays records from other areas include:

2700 Redwing NW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester
3092 Redwing SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorks.
22 Blackbird SW - Caldene Fields, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
448 Redwing N - Spurn, East Yorks
543 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
189 Redwing S - Filey, East Yorks.



Todays log (Fri 4th Oct 2019) (Click over to enlarge)


Sky and vismig main view at watchpoint 0700hrs today





Thursday 3rd October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1030hrs
Wind: 3-5 mph, 4c, 50% then after 0900hrs went to 100% cloud, Some beautiful cloud formations - 1019mb pressure.

It was very quiet at the start (first Chaffs at 0715 onwards) then picked up from about 0730hrs and was good up until about 0900hrs when it dropped with only steady trickles after that. Nice Siskin party which went over my head by a couple of metre or so with birds calling, first proper Redwings. All movement SE unless stated.

Chaffinch: 406 (376 SE and 30 W) best: 1x15,1x12,3x10,1x9,2x7
Linnet: 128 SE best: 2x20,1x15,1x12,1x10.
Siskin: 7 SE (one party)
Greenfinch: 5 SE (1,4)
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Skylark: 5 SE (1,3,1)
Swallow: 8 SE (6,2) 
Alba Wagtail: 7 SE (1,1,1,1,1,1,1)
Grey Wagtail: 1 W
Redwing: 31 (5SW,24W,2N - 5,3,5,16,2)
Song Thrush: 2 (1SE,1SW)
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Common Snipe: 1 W

Another watch from 1200hrs to 1330hrs
Redwing: 30 One flock to the South West crossing high over mosses
Chaffinch: 127 (107SE and 20W)
Linnet: 145 SE (also feeding party of 150)
Swallow: 2 SE
Skylark: 8 SE
Alba Wagtail: 19 (15 in one party)

Todays records from other areas include:
302 Redwing S - Banstead, Surrey
53 Redwing both SW and NE - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs
587 Redwing W - Anglers CP, West Yorks (flocks up to 130)
290 Redwing SW - Ozendyke, N. Yorks
140 Redwing WSW - Spurn, East Yorks
496 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks
513 Goldfinch SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr
122 Siskin SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Mcr
487 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
1272 Meadow Pipits S - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks.
79 Linnets WSW - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks




Log for today Thr 3rd Oct 2019 - please click over to enlarge



Some of the sky features this morning from my watchpoint

Some of yesterdays Reports from other areas:

16 Redwing SW - Steps Hill, Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks.
14 Redwing SW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
15 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare - Spurn, East Yorks.
180 Linnet - Spurn, East Yorks.
1000 Starling - Spurn, East Yorks.
15 Song Thrush, Spurn East Yorks.
8000 House Martin W - St. Catherines, Isle of Wight
5 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, West Yorkshire.





Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs - 1000hrs
Wind: North 1mph, 4c, 1% Cloud, 1015mb pressure. First proper frost having to clear windscreen.

Lots of thrushes in the lane on approach, they seemed to be flashing across in front of me in plenty.

NOWT ABOUT! Yes it really was quiet this morning to say it's coming up to the busiest time for passerine passage, obviously atmospherics playing their part today and the birds did not want to know, this is regular on Northerlies coupled with bright weather (but not always).... but still we did have a few that persevered.

Chaffinch: 90 (74 SE and 16W) best: 3x4
Linnet: 34 SE best: 1x20, 2x5
Goldfinch: 11 SE (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 9 SE 1,4,1,1,1,1
Starling: 5 W (2,3)
Swallow: 5 SE (2,2,1)
Skylark:  4 SE (3,1)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE (1,1)
Woodpigeon: 22 SE (5,2,5,1,2,3,1,2,1)
Pink Footed Goose: 25 SE one party at 0725hrs

Other:
Starling: 4 E x roost at 0721, then a further 70 E x roost at 0745hrs

Reports from other areas:

16 Redwing SW - Steps Hill, Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks.
14 Redwing SW - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
15 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare - Spurn, East Yorks.
180 Linnet - Spurn, East Yorks.
1000 Starling - Spurn, East Yorks.
15 Song Thrush, Spurn East Yorks.
8000 House Martin W - St. Catherines, Isle of Wight
5 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, West Yorkshire.

419,100 Chaffinch through Falsterbo obs 1-2% would be Bramblings - Counters estimated that at one stage 14k "Chafflings" went through per 5 minute watch they also had 3170 Siskin and 2850 Linnet

Notes:
Goldfinch have more finesse and when there is little wind are seen in a tighter more rounded bunch appearance with gracious and delicate bobbing. Linnets far more direct and very linear in width and with more eractic in their bobbing.



Todays notebook pages (click over to enlarge)


Lovely clear morning - but little in the way of birds today
You see Whitbarrow in the centre with its base shrouded in low mist
and then further back you have the mountains of the lakes






Tuesday 1st October 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 0830hrs and then from 1010hrs to 1200hrs

Wind East 20-40 mph, 11c, 98% Cloud, 998mb pressure. Rained all the way through light to medium, but the winds never let up with gust up to 40 mph at times. Rain looked like it was stopping when coming away at 1200hrs.

It was a proper struggle for the birds, but they just kept on coming in dribs and drabs, because of the winds you would see them tumbling from high to get rest on the ground, some came with haste at low level of perhaps one yard above the floor and then up and over the hedgerow just like you see Starlings do. Some birds coming through high and making it without problem, others coming through high and getting blown back all the time. It was a cruel one for the birds yet they still want to keep coming.......

Chaffinch: 163 (137SE and 26W) best: 2x7,3x5
Linnet: 108 (64SE and 44W) best: 1x30,2x20
Skylark: 5 SE (one party) within one yard of the floor with haste.
Swallow: 34 SE (12,14,8 all 3 parties in tight groups)
Goldfinch: 9 SE (one party then blown back)
Alba Wagtail: 2 SE (1,1)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Meadow Pipit: 10 SE (1,4,5)
Woodpigeon: 2 SE

Interesting records from other areas:

500 Redwing N - Spurn, East Yorks
178 Song Thrush N - Spurn East Yorks


Click over to enlarge - bit splodgy today.......


Showing the vismig line at approx 0730hrs today







Monday 30th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1200hrs
Wind: West 1-5 mph, 8c, 1% Cloud, 1008mb pressure, Rolling mist from bottom and creeping up before dispersing by about 0900hrs

Another quiet day with little movement, although like most days trickles have continued throughout the morning. Some Thrush movement, also one skein of Pink Footed Goose could be seen going South over the A6. Definite Brambling movements

Chaffinch: 307 (262 SE and 45W) best: 1x18,1x9,2x6,6x5
Linnet: 150 (143 SE and 7 W) best: 1x25,1x16,1x15,1x14,2x10,1x9,1x8
Goldfinch: 20 SE (one party)
Skylark: 12 SE (2,4,1,2,2,1)
Brambling: Calling heard on two separate occasions, but birds not seen.
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE ( 1,1,1,2)
Mistle Thrush: 6 SE (1,2,1,1)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Small Turdus species: 12 W (2,3,4,1,2)
Blackbird: 1 W
Swallow: 19 SE (1,2,15,1)
House Martin: 3 SE (one party)
Pink Footed Goose: 120 S (one skein over A6 at 1030hrs)
Woodpigeon: 3 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1S

Other:
Starlings: 92 E x roost (70 one group at 0732hrs)
Jay: 1 N (presumed local)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1 NE (presumed local)

Todays reports from other areas: 

2285 Meadow Pipit S - Crosby, Merseyside.
5246 Meadow Pipit S - Oxenhope, West Yorks
12 Redwing NW - Oxenhope, West Yorks
143 Starling NW - Oxenhope, West Yorks
81 Skylark NW - Oxenhope, West Yorks
4762 Meadow Pipit SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks
71 Alba S - Anglers CP, West Yorks
2 Redwing SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks
167 Skylark SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks
3456 Meadow Pipit SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire.
1657 Meadow Pipit SW - Morgans Hill, Calne Wiltshire.
125 Skylark SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire.
114 Linnet SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire.
1560 Meadow Pipits S - Starr Gate, Blackpool
660 Skylark S - Walney - Cumbria
110 Chaffs and 80 Linnet S - Walney Cumbria

Some of todays notebook ditties I write (rather than doodles) which always help the morning along (when quiet!) I guess you could call it mind eruption.....

1) Linnets as usual are Lo, Lo, Lo (good thing about them always easy to count)
2) You do have to be patient vismigging, so patient as though you are here to watch paint dry!
3) Those annoying distant calling Jackdaws can sometimes create confusion sounding like the "chup" of a Chaffinch.
4) Far to bright today for them to be remotely interested!
5) Not breaking any pots but steady eddie time.
6) They will plod on like this all day!
7) Very noisy from motorway to South West


Click over to enlarge


Sky and rolling mist this morning at 0730hrs


Yesterdays reports from other areas:

12noon - Arrival of Redwing at Spurn - Their first flocks of decent numbers this Autumn.
1300hrs - Arrival of 9 Redwing at Bempton Cliffs
72 Redwing North - Spurn - East Yorks
31 Redwing - Flamborough - East Yorks
3 Redwing - SW - Ferry Hills Fife
36 Redwing - Filey - North Yorks
500 Starling - Spurn - East Yorks
109 Starling SW - West Common, Lincoln
2550 Meadow Pipits S - Spurn - East Yorks
1620 Linnet S - Spurn - East Yorks







Sunday 29th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs-0930hrs
Wind: E 15-30mph, 11c, 100% Cloud, 991mb pressure.

On arrival it was 99% dry, but you could still feel odd specking in the air, but by about 0800hrs the heavens opened and it was really heavy rain all the way through my count.
I was surprised that some birds were so resilient that they came through even in this heavy rain (at least 30 Chaffs and 15 Linnet). I think they will carry on all day in trickles whatever the weather. 

Chaffinch: 83 all SE (best 2x7,2x6,2x4)
Linnet: 32 all SE (2,5,10,1,7,7)
Meadow Pipit: 2 (1,1) SE
Starling: 20 W (one party)

Other:
Starling 15 E (ex roost)

Tawny Owls (4) - on arrival at 0640hrs I had several Tawny Owls calling to one another, although I suspected more birds were involved I could at least confirm that two separate individuals were calling from over in Clawthorpe, and also individuals were calling from both Lancelot Clark Storth and also from Storth Woods, Dalton. Excellent to hear these......

Other areas:
12noon - Arrival of Redwing at Spurn - Their first flocks of decent numbers this Autumn.
1300hrs - Arrival of 9 Redwing at Bempton Cliffs
72 Redwing North - Spurn - East Yorks
31 Redwing - Flamborough - East Yorks
3 Redwing - SW - Ferry Hills Fife
36 Redwing - Filey - North Yorks
500 Starling - Spurn - East Yorks
109 Starling SW - West Common, Lincoln
2550 Meadow Pipits S - Spurn - East Yorks
1620 Linnet S - Spurn - East Yorks



Weather at 0700hrs before it started raining - looking towards Holme Park Fell (Farleton)





Saturday 28th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1000hrs
Wind: WSW 20-32mph, 13c, 100% Cloud cover, 998mb pressure. All movement SE unless stated. On/off showers up to about 0900hrs then fine becoming bright and sunny. All movement SE unless stated.

Things never really got going with the off/on showery weather, also the strong winds which were changeable from WSW to W, reducing strength but later freshening. After the initial stuff, just trickles very occasional. 

Chaffinch: 141 (141SE - 7S - 45W) best: 1x12,1x9,1x6,9x5.
Linnet: 82 (57SE - 25W) best: 1x20,1x9,1x8,1x7,3x6
Swallow: 43 SE (2,17,3,12,4,2,3)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 2 SE 
Skylark: 8 SE (6,1,1)
Mistle Thrush: 1 W

Other:
Kestrel: 1 presumed local
Starling: 27 E x roost at 0722hrs

Other Areas (today 28th)
15150 House Martin SW - Tweseldown, Hampshire.
12004 Meadow Pipits SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks
95 Skylark SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks
4 Redwing SW - Painswick Beacon, Gloucs

Other Areas (yesterday 27th)
8113 Meadow Pipits S - Spurn, East Yorks
2433 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks


Also worth checking nearby and far away OBSERVATORY VISMIG LINKS (below):

HEYSHAM  
WALNEY
BARDSEY  (then click on blog tab)
FLEETWOOD
HILBRE 
FLAMBOROUGH
SPURN
SANDWICH BAY
DUNGENESS
PORTLAND BILL
FAIR ISLE
ISLE OF MAY (then click Bird News 2019 tab)

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")

 This morning around 0730hrs

 This morning around 0830hrs

Last Night at around 1700hrs




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It's been really puzzling about the large quantities of Linnets I have had in recent days whilst doing my vismig counts from Vicarage Lane in Burton. In normal years I guess I would get about 20 Linnets during a daily a count at the very best, although this usually all changes when it gets to the middle of October and then the daily counts can get to four score or even above the 100 mark!
But what is remarkable about this year is that I have been getting regular daily counts over two hundred since about the 16th of September with 5 counts of over 500 plus between the 21st and the 24th of the month, in fact the count had risen to 896 on the 24th and 655 by the 25th.  These extroadinary numbers I must say have had me wondering what is going on! I have mentioned it to others and some have suggested that a local food source may be enticing the birds, another suggestion is that maybe a new roost has formed and that we are getting birds from this.
In my own mind I am now clear that the majority of the birds have without doubt been passing through the area directly on a regular migration line, although I have been suspect about 100 birds which seem to have remained local and can be seen blogging for the past few days.
I have checked all the fields looking for any enticing crops and have managed to find two things which could well be tempting some of the blogging birds to feed up on, although the bulk of the birds are seen to pass directly through our area totally ignoring any food crops or such. The crops which could be of interest to the bloggers are Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) and possibly the 'bolters' within the fodder beet (Beta vulgaris).  I can show photographs below of the crops.  The Fat Hen do look very much like a millett type of food, yet to me look very much unripened at the seed heads, whether this makes a differene or not! (see photos below)
The roosting theory does not uphold having checked out the areas later in the day and nothing is apertaining.
After noting high Linnet numbers at both Long Nab, Burniston, N. Yorks on 12th September 2019 with 434 birds and at Spurn on 26th September 2019 with 759 birds. Having been unclear to what was going on I can now get some sort of comfort knowing that at least other areas have also been getting large numbers of Linnets as well. 
I guess I am still left with the following question.  But why all of a sudden as this happened when its never been recorded previously in the past ten years? 

Sept 12th - 29 birds - Wind direction SE
Sept 13th - 45 birds - Wind: NW
Sept 14th - 119 birds - Wind: SE
Sept 15th - 25 birds - Wind: SW
Sept 16th - 206 birds - Wind: E
Sept 17th - 99 birds - Wind: NW
Sept 18th - 257 birds - Wind: E
Sept 19th - 124 birds - Wind: E
Sept 20th - 94 birds - Wind: E
Sept 21st - 500 birds - Wind: E
Sept 22nd - 579 birds - Wind: E
Sept 23rd - 573 birds - Wind: SW
Sept 24th - 896 - Wind: E
Sept 25th - 655 - Wind: E
Sept 26th - 270 - Wind: SW
Sept 27th - 306 - Wind: SW




 This is a Bolter in the Fodder Beat which also contains seeds
You can also see fat hen to the bottom right of the photo
Photo: Sept 23rd 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

This is Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) which does have a look of Millet
Photo: 23rd Sept 2019




Friday 27th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1115hrs
Wind: SSW 10-22mph, 11c, 97% Cloud Cover, 996mb pressure. Kept dry although threatening rain up until about 0900hrs then heavy rain throughout after that, but birds still kept trickleing through, so I created my motto for me to think about eg: "If the birds want to come through in heavy rain, then the least I can do is stand there and count them".

Definately there is build within the movement with the Chaffinch parties growing in numbers, it will be interesting what we get over the coming days as long as the winds play their part! Nice to get my first Brambling.

Chaffinch: 420 (385 SE, 20 S, 15W) best:1x25,2x20,1x18,1x15,1x12,1x10,1x9,1x8,3x7,5x6
Linnet: 306 (232 SE - 64W) best: 2x30,1x25,7x20,3x12,2x10
Brambling: 1 SE
Goldfinch: 7 SE (6SE, 1W)
Swallow: 21 SE (6,2,5,3,2,3)
Skylark: 3 SE (2,1,)
Meadow Pipit: 15 SE (5,5,2,1,1,1)
Woodpigeon: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE, (2,1,1,1)
Mistle Thrush: 3 W
Jay: 2 NW (1,1)

also 1630hrs to 1715hrs

Chaffinch: 48 SE (best: 1x17,1x10,1x5,1x4,1x3,2x2,5x1)
Linnet: 9 W (one party)
Swallow: 2 S (1,1)
Woodpigeon: 4

Other sites:

1018 Meadow Pipits SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks.
325 Linnet S - Hunmanby Gap, North Yorks.
1888 Meadow Pipits S - Hunmanby Gap, North Yorks
8113 Meadow Pipits S - Spurn, East Yorks
2433 Linnet S - Spurn, East Yorks


Showing early day sky approx 0645hrs





Thursday 26th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1000hrs
Wind: WSW 12-22mph, 13c, 34% Cloud, 995mb - Noisy directly below from motorway stopping good audible.

Quieter today, although perhaps expected with WSW winds. Nice to see Song Thrush continentals arriving and again small Starling parties arriving. More Skylarks. Larger Chaffinch parties from 0900hrs onwards. Had to pack up by 1000hrs but noticed lots of Chaffinch and Linnet moving South down near home which were coming through on a far wider line and would without doubt have been missed from my watchpoint which was far too East of this line to pick them up.

Linnet: 270 (211 SE and 59W) best parties: 2x40,1x30,1x20,1x14,3x10, (+40 bloggers)
Chaffinch: 250 (191SE and 59 W) best parties:1x16,1x14,1x7,2x6,1x5
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE

Swallow: 14 SE
Song Thrush: 6 W (4,2)
Mistle Thrush: 1
Starling: 17W (1,6,4,6)
Skylark: 7 (one party)
Greylag Goose 5 SE
Woodpigeon: 14 SE (5,9)
Red Admiral: 1

Other areas:

1662 Meadow Pipits to W - Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, Devon
1570 Meadow Pipits to SW - Anglers CP, West Yorkshire.
9250 Meadow Pipits to W - Durlston NNR, Dorset
7650 Swallow to W - Durlston NNR, Dorset
3053 Meadow Pipits to S - Spurn, East Yorkshire
759 Linnet to S - Spurn, East Yorkshire










Wednesday 25th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1000hrs .
Wind: East 1-2 mph, 12c, 100% cloud, 996mb pressure. Sultry grey overcast sky, difficult to see birds at times, some birds very high. All movement to SE unless stated.

Today seemed poor from the start, probably down to no wind = no bird syndrome, just steady trickles but by 0845hrs a proper drop and remained very quiet until about 1000hrs when it started up again but much diluted to the point of occasional trickles, but I soon had to leave. I put the drop down to wind change because at that time the wind was moving around from East to South and it was almost South by the 0845hrs drop. Also today very annoying being bit with midges throughout.

Linnet: 655 (333 SE and 322W) best: 1x80, 1x60,1x40,2x30,8x20,3x15,2x14,2x12,2x11.
Chaffinch: 232 (205 SE and 27 W) best: 2x12,3x8,2x7,3x6, 5x5.
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE (1,1,1,1)
Meadow Pipit: 2 SE
Skylark: 7 SE (one party)
Starling: 19 W (17,2)

Other:
Starling: 94 E x roost with 30 at 0736hrs

Other areas:

2437 Meadow Pipit SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester.
32 Skylark SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester
2 Redwing SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gtr Manchester
1255 Meadow Pipit S - Oxenhope, Bradford, West Yorks
2 Fieldfare SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs
1546 Meadow Pipit S - Spurn, East Yorks.






Tuesday 24th September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1000hrs Wind: East 6-10mph, 14c, 99% cloud cover, 999mb pressure. Kept dry until 1000hrs and then heavy rain. Birds still trickling through on heavy rain, but it was enough for me and called it a day.

Both the Linnet and Chaffinch seemed to be getting busier today. Again a few Skylark. Also could not help but be attracted to a calling Willow Warbler in the hedgerow, which did oblige with a showing. First snipe of the year.

Linnet: 896 (643SE and 253W)
Chaffinch: 463 (425SE and 38W)
Goldfinch: 27SE
Meadow Pipit: 16SE
Skylark: 10 SE
Common Snipe: 1SE
Alba Wagtail: 2
Swallow: 83SE
Willow Warbler: 1 (in local hedgerow and calling)

Other:

Starling: 28 E x roost

Other areas: 

3 Brambling - Spurn, East Yorks.


Sky and visibility looking North West this morning







Monday 23rd September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs-1130hrs Wind: SSW 6-12mph, 12c, 68%, 1004mb pressure. Wind by 1000hrs changing slightly to SSE/S

Steady trickles throughout the morning with Chaffinch etc, but again the Linnets were busy in both directions with one party of approx 150. Also Skylarks on the move today. First birds today were: Chaffinch at 0703hrs Linnet at 0706hrs.

Linnet: 573 (316W and 257 SE) best parties: 1x150,1x80,1x40,3x30,2x20,1x15,1x12.
Chaffinch: 332 (285SE and 57W) best parties: 1x13,1x8, 5x7,1x5.
Goldfinch: 23 SE (7,1,15)
Skylark: 23 SE (1,7,3,5,2,1,3,1)
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE (1,1,2)
Meadow Pipit: 5SE (2,1,3,1)
Swallow: 15SE (1,1,2,6,2,1,2)
Red Admiral: 1 S

Other: 

Starling: 32 E (x roost at 0745hrs)

Photo:

Early doors today.....








Sunday 22nd September 2019


Taylors Fields,Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1030hrs Wind: E 10 mph reducing to 6mph, 14c, 100% Cloud cover, 1003mb pressure.  All birds SE unless stated.

Brilliant first thing especially with the Linnets, they just kept coming.  Sadly it was not to carry on because of heavy rain coming in after 45 minutes which then carried on up until 1030hrs but by then nothing much was moving.  I did note at the start of the heavy rain and later both Linnet and Chaffinch were still going through in trickles even through the rain.. I now have a extra problem with the Linnet and that is because the farmer has harvested the maize yesterday and subsequently it has allowed a blogging party to form of some 120 birds enjoying the feast of spilt maize. Anyway I think I did OK managing to keep these birds out of the equasion by localising their movement... I really can't understand what is going on with all these Linnets we have never had so many at this site before and so early WHY ?. Looking back in the histories we usually only have a score or two per day if we are lucky, yet from about the mid October we may then get between 1-200 per day maybe, so I just wonder what the significence can be?  Midges and small flies cascading even while raining. 

Linnet: 579 (496 SE and 83W) best parties: 1x70, 1x50, 2x30, 2x20, 1x18, 5x15, 1x13, 1x12 1x10.  287 birds were within first 30 minutes - also 120 blogging
Chaffinch: 201 best parties: 1x32, 1x7, 3x6, 3x5 (179 SE and 22W)
Swallow: 31 SE (one party in a tightish "ball of Swallows") moving in heavy rain.
Skylark: 3 SE (one party and blown back)

Other:
Starling: 15E x roost odd birds coming through 3,3,7,2 but obviously missed the bulk of the birds

Other areas:
Fieldfare and 10 Song Thrush at Spurn, E. Yorks




These two photos above shows how the showers had just missed my vismig point
 and gone past, realeasing its load over Crooklands area, but after another
 20 minutes or so the heavens opened at my watchpoint and carried on until
 about 1030hrs. Photos taken with my mobile. Not sure why one looks grey 
and one looks blue...






Saturday 21st September 2019

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1200hrs.  Wind: E 9-16mph, 9c, 0% Cloud cover, 1015mb pressure.  All birds SE unless stated.

This morning was excellent right from the word go, because the high pressure was moving on and there was a strong 10mph wind which made it very difficult for the birds getting blown back and taking low flight, some within a metre above my head. The Linnet passage was especially fabulous with lots of parties around a score in number. By the 11am the wind had freshened to about 15mph and got too strong and the movement just stopped. They were taking off the maize and it was busy with tractors and trailors and 3 disturbed Roe deer.

Linnet: 500 (463 SE and 37W) best: 3x30,9x20,1x16,1x15,1x13,2x12,6x10,
Chaffinch: 354 (344 SE and 10W) best:1x15,1x14,2x8.
Goldfinch: 6 (5W 1SE)
Alba Wagtail: 7 SE
Swallow: 98 SE best: 2x15
Blackbird: 2 (1SE,1E)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 4 S (1,1,1,1)

Other:
LBBG 9 SE
BHG 17 SE
Starling: 18 E x roost at 0720 best: 10,8) obviously I missed the main roost birds.
Greylag Goose: 11 N at 0810hrs

Other areas:
1661 Swallow SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wilts
764 House Martin SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wilts.
1 Redwing SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gt Manchester.
317 Goldfinch SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gt Manchester.
2080 House Martin SW - Trigpoint Hill, Timsbury, Hants.
905 Pink Footed Goose S - Walney - Cumbria
500 Swallow - Walney - Cumbria
50 Linnet - Walney, Cumbria.




Friday 20th September 2019 

Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs -1130hrs .  Wind: E 2-3mph, 10c, 3% Cloud cover, 1027mb pressure. All birds SE unless stated.

Very poor vismig today, it set off similar to yesterday with rolling fog from all the lower perimeter areas, but this did clear to 90% after about 30-45 minutes although again like yesterday there is some retention which will probably stay there for the day.  I dont think this was the problem with the low passage numbers, I am sure this will be down purely to much settled high pressure setting in over the last three days.  This should sort it self out once the high pressure moves out in the coming 48 hours.


What was noticeable today was that the STARLING numbers leaving their roost site have started to build in numbers and I guess this will be the start from continental birds joining in with the locals, I noticed yesterday that on the East Sites (Spurn etc) they too had started getting Starlings through.  Also odd thrushes now starting to show, as though they too are getting restless.  Over the next week should start to see the continental Chaffinch and Brambling as well. More Siskin today.

Chaffinch: 181 (131SE and 50W) best parties: 1x8,2x7,1x5,3x4
Linnet: 94 (88SE and 6W) best parties: 2x20,1x11,2x10,1x7,3x6,1x5
Meadow Pipit: 1S
Mistle Thrush: 6N (1,5)
Turdus small species: 2W (1,1)
Blackbird: 2 (1N,1W)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2S
Swallow: 1S

Other:

LBBG: 35 to SE
Starling: 161E x roost at various times around first light 4,20,40,30,20,10,20,1
Woodpigeon: 14W
Buzzard: 2 local
Jay: 2 local
Large dragonfly
Green Veined Whites
Large Whites
Small Tortoiseshell 1 S

Other areas:

1188 Swallow SW - Morgans hill, Calne, Wiltshire
1280 House Martin SW - Morgans Hill, Calne, Wiltshire.
2 Brambling and 200 plus Starlings, Spurn, East Yorks.
1814 Meadow Pipits SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gt Manchester.
13 Siskin and 29 Chaffs SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Gt Manchester.




How it was this morning







Also worth checking nearby and far away OBSERVATORY VISMIG LINKS (below):

HEYSHAM  
WALNEY
BARDSEY  (then click on blog tab)
FLEETWOOD
HILBRE 
FLAMBOROUGH
SPURN
SANDWICH BAY
DUNGENESS
PORTLAND BILL
FAIR ISLE
ISLE OF MAY (then click Bird News 2019 tab)

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")

Thursday 19th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1030hrs.  Wind: ESE 1-2mph, 9c, 20% Cloud cover, 1030mb pressure. Rolling fog all morning backwards and forwards at times made visibility difficult and without doubt held back the birds, although some did get through. It did lift a little by 1030hrs but think it might be in for the day on the distant perimeters. All birds SE unless stated

Chaffinch: 203 (151SE -52W) best: 1x8,1x7,4x5, 6x4.
Linnets:124: (74SE - 50W) best: 1x20,1x17,1x15,1x14,1x8,1x7,3x6
Goldfinch: 4 SE
Siskin: 2 SE
Swallow: 20 SE
House Martin: 12 SE one party
Blackbird: 1W

Other:

Goldcrest calling from Hedgerow
Canada Goose: 13 SE at 0708hrs
Starlings: 101 E x roost (60,30,8,3) Got the impression that Starlings have started to build....
Jay: 2 gathering acorns - presumed local

Other areas:

5500 Swallow E - Durlston NNR - Dorset
1350 House Martin E - Durlston NNR - Dorset
1240 Meadow Pipit E - Durlston NNR - Dorset
1 Redwing and 1 Song Thrush at Spurn today.
Bardsey got its first finches today with 12 Chaffs, 2 Goldfinch and 1 Redpoll


Visibility poor this morning and lasted throughout count.
This was about the worst it got! - 75 yards



Wednesday 18th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1200hrs  Wind: E 2mph, 7c, 24% Cloud, 1029mb pressure. Wind direction changed mid morning to SW 3mph. Overcast blotchy sky for most of the morning (see photo) coming bright after 1100hrs.  All birds SE unless stated.

A lovely mornings birding, nothing too special just a plodding sort of morning with birds slow to get started and then dropped by 0800hrs but just quiet steady trickles all morning and still going through on my leaving at 1200hrs, so obviously the migration is well on its way. Still passage here dominated in the main by Chaffinch or Linnet. 

Chaffinch: 322 (242 SE and 80W) best: 3x6, 4x5, 12x4.
Linnet: 257 (155SE and 102W) best: 1x30, 2x14, 2x12,2x11, 4x10, 2x9, 1x8.....
Goldfinch: 8W
Alba Wagtail: 7 SE (3 and singles)
Skylark: 1 SE
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Swallow: 75 S (best: 1x31, 1x10
House Martin: 50 S (one party)
Pink Footed Goose: 50 SE (one party at 0830hrs)

Others:
Greater Spotted Woodpecker: 3 (1E and 2SE)
Peregrine: 1 soaring
Jays: 3 NW (1,1,1 - presumed local)
Greylag Goose: 7 SE at 0740hrs very low - presumed local
Ducks: 4 to far away to identify heading NE
Starlings: 70 E x roost at 0658hrs 40, then 8,20,1,1

Other areas:

1074 Meadow Pipits S - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs
3127 Meadow Pipits SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Lancs.
105 Linnet SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Lancs.
1100 Meadow Pipits S - Walney Island, Cumbria
652 Pink Footed Goose S - Walney Island, Cumbria
200 Skylark S - Walney Island, Cumbria.


Cloud formation for 95% of this mornings count


Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs - 1000hrs  Wind: NNW 3-6mph, 6c, 3% Cloud, 1025mb pressure.

Some birds (Chaffinch) were coming through extremely high throughout count, although in general birds were not that keen today with the NW winds. All Linnets fly low just like yesterday - this is normal with them you hardly see them at height!. The motorway traffic noises from below were a nightmare today, struggled hearing anything especially the geese, and nearly missed the Siskin.  First record was a Noctule Bat at 0635hrs, then first Alba at 0641 and Chaffinch started at 0644hrs.

Chaffinch: 176 (100SE/76W) best parties: 1x8, mainly 1s,2s,3s and odd 4s
Linnet: 99 (65SE/34W) best parties 1x30,1x18,1x10,1x9,1x8,
Siskin: 2 SE (1,1)
Greenfinch: 2 W
Goldfinch: 18W (12,6)
Reed Bunting: 1W
Song Thrush: 1E
Pink Footed Goose: 39S (30 at 0655hrs,9 at 0711hrs)

Other:
Long Tailed Tit: 13 SE (thought to be local)
Starling: 50 E x roost at 0657hrs (40,6,1,3)
Noctule Bat 1 S at 0635hrs





Monday 16th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs -1115hrs   Wind NE 5mph, 8c, 84% Cloud cover, 1022mb pressure. Lovely warm and sunny from 0900hrs - a pleasure to be out. Linnets exceptional lots going West first hour or so. Lots of very high Chaffinch on the SE line.

Chaffinch: 299 (154 W and 145 SE) best parties: 1x7, 4x6,1x5.
Linnet: 206 (131W and 75 SE) 8,60,13,5,2,20,10,20,7,5,3,2,4,11,12,6,7,2,8,1.
Goldfinch:12 SE (4,4,4)
Reed Bunting: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 2 (1,1,)
Meadow Pipit: 3,
Swallow: 69 (42W and 27 SE) best party: 38W, 10SE
House Martin: 60 (55W, 5SE) best parties: 35W,20W.
Skylark: 2 SE (1,1)
Pink Footed Goose: 87 SW at 0900hrs (60 and 27 almost together)
Mistle Thrush: 5 (1SE, 4N)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 2W (1,1)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1 

Other:
Kestrel: 1 (presumed local)
Lesser Black Backed Gulls 25 plus all SE x roost
Starling: 80E x roost at 0707hrs
Buzzards x 3 soaring thought to be local

Other areas:
1248 Meadow Pipits SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Lancashire.
1068 House Martin SE - Winter Hill, Bolton, Lancashire.
1282 Meadow Pipits S - Calf of Man, Isle Of Man
1800 Pink Footed Goose S - Heysham, Lancashire
1805 Pink Footed Goose S - Walney Island, Barrow, Cumbria
800 Meadow Pipits S - Walney Island, Barrow, Cumbria


0630hrs sunrise from vismig area this morning
looking towards Hutton Roof






Sunday 15th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs to 0930hrs.  Wind WSW 6-8 mph, 14c, 100% Cloud cover, 1022mb pressure

Never really got going today with just dribbles of Chaffinch throughout. Mainly to the West or S/SW today - eg flying into the wind. First birds 2 Swallow at 0648, then 4 Linnets 0703, with first Chaffs at 0710hrs.

Chaffinch: 134 (50SE, 84W or S/SW) best parties: 2x6, 2x5, 5x4 but mainly 3s,2s,1s)
Linnet: 25 (19SE 6W) (4,11,4,4,2)
Goldfinch: 26 (16SE 10NW)
Meadow Pipit: 14 S (4,6,3,1)
Swallow: 26 (19S/SE, 7W) One party x15

Other:
Starling: One group of 30 East from Roost (W) at 0707hrs.

Other areas:

450 Linnet S - Flamborough (E. Yorks)
570 House Martin S - Bury, Greater Manchester






Saturday 14th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs to 1030hrs.  Wind SE 3-5mph, 7c, 98% Cloud cover, 1033mb pressure.

Dropped again by 0715 then picked up again towards 0800hrs then just steady trickles throughout rest of watch. Good Chaffinch and Linnet counts. 

Chaffinch 203 (145SE,58W) best parties: 1x15,1x10,1x9,5x5 lots of 4s,3s,2, singles)
Linnet: 119 SE (30,20,12,2x10,2x9,8,6,4)
Goldfinch: 39 SE (6,6,15,4,5,3)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Redpoll: 1 SE
Meadow Pipit: 7 (5,2)
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE (2,1)
Swallow: 61 S/SE (best party 31,1,3,3,1,4,3,4,4,1,4,2)
House Martin: 4 S/SE (2,2)
Kestrel: 1 SE

Other:
Greylag Goose 10W at 0834hrs
Small Goose species: 4SE
Jay: 2NW but sure they are local
Lots of Blue Tits feeding on fresh cut hedgerows
Starling 55 E x roost at 0700hrs

Other areas:

3405 Swallows SW - Morgans Hill, Wiltshire
1630 Meadow Pipits S - Hunmanby Gap, North Yorks
544 Meadow Pipits South, Crosby, Merseyside.
1448 Meadow Pipits SW - Berry Hill, Stoke On Trent, Staffs.
2230 Meadow Pipits SW - Anglers CP, West Yorks.
1076 Meadow Pipits S - Oxenhope, Bradford, W Yorks.
5359 Meadow Pipits S - Spurn, East Yorks
53 Reed Bunting S - Spurn, East Yorks
1000 Meadow Pipits S - Walney 
90 Skylark S - Walney






Friday 13th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs to 0845hrs Wind NW 1--3mph, 8c, 100% Cloud cover, 1034mb pressure. A fairly bright day which developed into clear skies by 0800hrs and warming up. The birding was doing OK from off but quickly died off by 0715hrs when after that just occasional trickles came through. First Pink Foots. Linnets building. Mipits dropping.

Chaffinch: 70 SE (best1x12,1x5 then trios, doubles and singles)
Linnet: 45 SE (7,9,14,6,4,5)
Goldfinch: 13 SE (9,4)
Meadow Pipit: 9 SW (1,1,6,1)
Swallow: 20 SE (4,5,4,4,3)
Alba Wagtail: 1NW
Mistle Thrush: 1SE
Pink Footed Goose: 34 S at 0730hrs


Other:
Starling 20 E ex roost from West at 0657hrs.
Jays: 5 in singles to NW (pretty sure locals

Other areas
680 Meadow Pipits S over Walney
45 Pink Footed Goose S over Walney
475 Meadow Pipits S over Winter Hill
32 Buzzards SE over Winter Hill (pm)





Thursday 12th September 2019 - Taylors Fields, Vic Lane, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs to 0900hrs  Wind WSW 10 mph 90% Cloud, 1022mb pressure - All movement SE unless stated.  Drizzle from 0815, then light rain from 0830 until close and still raining. Day of the Westmorland Show. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many Chaffinch coming through so early with a party of 6 and 5, also Mipits and as usual regular small Linnet parties


Chaffinch: 59 SE (best parties 1x6,1x5,3x4,5x3,6x2,9x1
Linnet: 29 SE (7,8,7,7)
Goldfinch: 8 SE (4,4)
Meadow Pipit: 44 between SE and SW (best parties: 1x9,2x8 mainly 2,3,4s)
Swallow: 39 S (1,3,8,5,22)
Jay: 7 in single party to SW then seen going NW after ten minutes
Canada Goose: 11 SE at 0830hrs
Raven: 1 SW
Starling: approx 100 came over to E at 0702hrs (obviously from roost to our West eg: maybe Leighton Moss/Silverdale Moss)


HOT OFF THE PRESS and posted at 1100hrs TODAY (12/9/2019)
from Keith Clarkson at Hunmanby Gap (East Coast)


"And it just kept on going with wave after wave of migrating birds moving South on a broad front over Hunmanby Gap were both Mark the birder and I had 4300 Meadow Pipit, 600 House Martins South heading towards Flamborough and Spurn".

Some notable records today:

3731 Meadow Pipits to South - Long Nab, Burniston, N. Yorks
434 Linnets to South - Long Nab, Burniston, N. Yorks
4312 Meadow Pipits to South - Hunmanby Gap, N. Yorks
118 Chaffinch to South - Hunmanby Gap, N. Yorks
5432 Meadow Pipits to South - Spurn Observatory, E. Yorks




Vismig from Whinn Yeates, Clawthorpe Rd, Burton In Kendal 0630hrs to
Wind ENE 2mph, 8c, 99% cloud, 1017mb pressure - sunrise 0630hrs

Very poor start with just a token of Mipits going through and nothing else, at best maybe 10 birds in total. No geese.  Decided to pack up at 0730hrs and go Autumn Gentian searching instead.

Will hopefully be doing more vismig in the coming days.


Vismig from Mavis Smith on Darwen Moor on Sun 8th Sept 2019 : 06.30 - 11.30
First decent push of the autumn. 

Swallow c2000 S and SW
H Martin c1700 mostly S
Mpip 1950 most keeping low but all S/SW
PFGoose 6 WSW
Buzzard 3 SW
Tpip 3 S
Wheatear 11 on Moor tops
Skylark 6 WSW
Snipe 1S
Ring ouzel (f) 2 Moor tops
Siskin 3 S
Swift 2 S
Hen Harrier f/imm  distant view of one flying SSW just above the summit of Great Hill on Anglezarke Moor 08.35

Other interesting records:

first 10 Pink Footed Goose over Walney on 5th September 2019
1150 Meadow Pipits South over Walney on 7th September 2019


Also worth checking nearby and far away OBSERVATORY VISMIG LINKS (below):

HEYSHAM  
WALNEY
BARDSEY  (then click on blog tab)
FLEETWOOD
HILBRE 
FLAMBOROUGH
SPURN
SANDWICH BAY
DUNGENESS
PORTLAND BILL
FAIR ISLE
ISLE OF MAY (then click Bird News 2019 tab)

TREKTELLEN (Click over date which is headed "Last Count")


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