Friday, 3 September 2010

Lutley Wedge 03/09/10 06.50am (10°c) Early a.m, sunny mostly clear skies overhead with some patchy mist/low cloud (Low cloud soon moving in from E/SE but cleared later am) SE/E1

Low cloud moving in from the east Lutley Wedge 3/9/10

Sand Martin Lutley Wedge 3/9/10

Wheatear Lutley Wedge 3/9/10 (the 7th this autumn) 

Very little evidence of 'vis mig' this morning as the low cloud drifted in from the East inhibiting passage. Just 4 Swallows headed south before the cloud rolled in, and 1 Cormorant flew through low >SW obviously dis-orientated by the murk, appearing out of the mist briefly before disappearing back into it just as quickly! 
The record autumn Wheatear passage at Lutley continued this morning, with 1 (juv) Wheatear dropping into the recently harvested fields near Grange farm at 09.40am when the skies had cleared of low cloud. 1 Hobby flew over >ESE at 07.10am, and when the mist and low cloud cleared an influx of 70+ Swallows, 60+ House Martins and 1 (adult) Sand Martin were around Grange Farm. (Sand Martin is an 'uncommon passage migrant' here so this mornings perched bird on the power line at Grange Farm was a good local patch record) 

Visible Migration 07.00-09.30am
1 Wheatear
1 Hobby >ESE
1 Cormorant >SW
2 Meadow Pipit >SW
2 Grey Wagtail >S
2 alba Wagtail >S
2 L.B.B Gull >W

1 Sand Martin
70+ Swallow
60+ House Martin
1 Swift
3 Blackcap
1 Common Whitethroat
1 Chiffchaff


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