Tuesday, 10 September 2019

2019 Visible Bird Migration Reports (September to November)


Wheatear (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".



Saturday 21st September 2019

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

CURRENTLY OUT VISMIGGING SO PLEASE COME BACK LATER.....

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")


Click on the links below for quick access to my work over the past 10 years:-