11 Common Whitethroat
69 Swift (including 36 over Foxcote)
30+ House Martin
1 'alba' Wagtail >S
'Eye to eye' with a Wheatear Lutley Wedge 15/8/10
Wheatear Lutley Wedge 15/8/10
Swift Lutley Wedge 15/8/10
Sun and low cloud this morning Lutley Wedge 15/8/10
A look at the current pressure charts and satellite shows the ideal fall conditions that brought todays Wheatear at Lutley and have brought the first fall of 'drift migrants' this autumn to the east coast of the U.K.
With high pressure extending over the UK northeast into Scandinavia, and a low pressure system over Germany, a feed of NE winds off the North Sea brought cloud spilling into the UK off the North Sea overnight. Skies were initially mostly clear in the UK overnight under the influence of the high pressure, providing ideal conditions for birds to migrate, but were replaced by cloudy skies from the low pressure system over Germany and Holland which grounded overflying birds early this morning.
Satellite image showing clearing skies overnight under high pressure 14-15/8/10
Cloud moving in from the North Sea a.m 15/8/10