Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 30/11/10 10.50am (1°c) Overcast, Cold, 1-2cm snow. (overnight snow showers -2.1°c) NE wind (-4°c windchill)

More hard weather refugees today, though due to my late morning arrival at the patch I got the feeling I was possibly just seeing the 'tail end' of any wader movements, and may have missed some birds going over earlier this morning. There was a noticeable increase in numbers of Fieldfare, and also more Lapwings flying over with flocks of (21) (22) and (3) single birds, fleeing the cold weather.  
Hard Weather totals 10.50am-1.00pm :-
46 Lapwing (21 >S) (22 >SSE) (3 >W)
29 Fieldfare (27 >W)
27 Redwing (13 >S) (8 >W/SW)
3 Siskin (1 >S)
4 Herring Gull >SW

Also seen:- 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk
Lapwing and Fieldfare 30/11/10

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 28/11/10 11.00am (-3°c) Freezing,hard frost overnight (-7.8°c) bright/sunny with broken cloud. Light NE breeze

The freezing weather continues with very low temperatures overnight(-7.8°c) and not rising above freezing all day. More 'escape movements' today with Lapwing, Golden Plover, Cormorants and a single Common Snipe all flying over from late morning, with 5 of the Lapwing  dropping into the horse paddocks along the Top Footpath to feed briefly. Also seen 1 Raven flying West, 2 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 6 Siskin.
'Hard Weather' movements :-
33 Golden Plover >SW
69 Lapwing (60 >W/SW) (9 >ESE)
1 Common Snipe >WSW
5 Cormorant >NE>N
1 Herring Gull >NW
1 Meadow Pipit >W
Lapwing 28/11/10
Golden Plover heading > SW and Cormorants 28/11/10

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 27/11/10 10.45am (-0.5°c) Freezing, hard frost overnight (-2.7°c) bright/sunny with broken cloud. Wind N

The freezing weather began to dig in today, bringing a dusting of snow overnight, a biting cold northerly wind and severe windchill.  There were more signs of yesterdays cold weather movements gathering momentum, 25 Lapwing flew west and also 1 Common Snipe which circled high over Lutley Brook several times before flying southwest. Also seen of note :- 27+ Redwings, 2 Common Buzzard.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 26/11/10 (1°c) Freezing, hard frost overnight (-4.7°c) bright/sunny with broken cloud. Wind light NW

First signs of 'hard weather' movements today due to the current freezing weather. A flock of 14 Lapwings flew over heading West at 12.30pm, no doubt just the first of many to come in the next few days as birds flee the freezing conditions, especially if we get snow falling on top of the hard frozen ground. Also 3 Cormorants flew over heading West.
Also seen, 1 Common Buzzard feeding on worms in the horse paddocks along the Top Footpath, 3 Fieldfare, 37+ Redwing, 2 Siskin.
Lapwings and Common Buzzard Lutley Wedge 26/11/10

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

23/11/10 Waxwings! Halesowen, West Midlands

Just 'off patch', I found a superb flock of 20 Waxwings at 10.48am perched in a tree next to Thornhill Park Halesowen, and only a stones throw from my house! They were only perched for a couple of minutes, so i was pleased to get a few record photos, before the flock flew off!

Waxwings Halesowen 23/11/10

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 20/11/10 11.35am (4°c) Cold with mist and fog. Light NE Breeze

A quick visit to Wassell Grove Pools today. There were 48+ Redwing in the hedgerows surrounding the pools and several flocks were seen flying over, though they were pretty mobile so an accurate count proved difficult. The highlight was a good sized flock of 24+ Siskins in the alders around the pools. Also of note 5+ Bullfinch, and 2 Coots were still present on the main pool.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 16/11/10 12.05pm Sunny clear skies, light SE Breeze.

At Wassell Grove Pools:-  A flock of 12 Redwing flew over the entrance track to the pools, and approx 50 Redwings and 30+ Fieldfares were in the surrounding hedgerows. Also 10 Siskin flew over, and 2 Raven flew over >South.

Redwing and Fieldfare Lutley Wedge 16/11/10

Monday, 15 November 2010

Lutley Wedge 15/11/10 2.50pm Sunny clear skies, light SW Breeze.

At Wassell Grove Pools:-
A flock of 25+ Redwings and 4 Fieldfares were in the horse paddocks at the pools, also seen 3 Meadow Pipits and 2 Siskins.