Monday, 18 April 2011

Lutley Wedge 18/04/11 07.40am (8°c) Sunny & warm, clear skies. Wind light (E➝SE) F2

With high pressure and fine settled weather still covering much of the U.K and continental Europe, spring migration continues apace. Perhaps an indication of the volume of birds that must be passing over at the moment was that another (8♂2♀) Wheatears were grounded again at Lutley this morning even though the normal weather conditions for a fall of migrants i.e cloud cover and/or rain, were non existent. Presumably in the favourable migration conditions migrants are mostly over-flying the coast and pushing on to make first landfall much further inland.
10 Wheatear (3♂1♀) Top Footpath, (5♂1♀) Wassell Grove Pools/Foxcote House Farm)
3 Swallow
6+ Blackcap
2 Willow Warbler
6 Common Whitethroat
9+ Chiffchaff
2 Redpoll sp ➝NW
Wheatear Wassell Grove 18/4/11

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