Saturday, 20 March 2010

20/03/10 Lutley Wedge 07.40am (11°c) - (13.6°c) later. Grey, overcast low cloud with frequent rain and drizzle, windy (SSW).

Golden Plover SW over Wassell Grove Pools 20/3/10

The weather conditions first thing this morning made for some tough birding, after the overnight rain continued into this morning. Frequent rain showers were coming through on a strong and blustery SSW wind making it decidedly grim at times! Low cloud with drizzle and rain can be good 'wader weather' however and today was a good example of overflying waders forced to fly lower in the poor visibility. Golden Plover were on the move overhead with one flying over (SW) at 09.46am, followed by 3 flying high (SE) at 10.09am, 1 (SW) at 11.05am and finally 2 (SW) at 11.34am.
From about 10.00am the rain showers started to ease off briefly and some light Meadow Pipit passage got going but numbers were again low.

Wassell Grove Pools Visible Migration Totals:-
7 Golden Plover (4 >SW) (3 >SE)
3 Lapwing >SW
18 Meadow Pipit >N
2 Siskin >N

Also:- 2 Raven flew over >East, 18 Redwings, 6 Fieldfare, 60 Linnets and 13 Black-Headed Gull.
Tomorrow's weather forecast looks much better for visible migration as the weather fronts and low pressure of today that brought the rain moves east overnight and is replaced by a ridge of high pressure moving in from the west. This will bring clearer skies and light winds from the NW in the morning, moving around to the SW in the afternoon. Migrants will no doubt have been held up further south during the rain of today so there may be a 'rush' of birds to follow.

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