Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Lutley Wedge 28/09/11 07.20am (13°c/26°c) Warm, sunny clear skies. Wind (S/SE) F1-3

Tough conditions for viewing any vis mig this morning due to the current high pressure and gin-clear skies.  Most passage was occurring very high, and i probably missed more than i saw. Alba wagtails and Mipits were again on the move in reasonable numbers, but often visible as just dots overhead and the first Reed Buntings of the autumn flew through.
Visible migration :-
200 Meadow pipit ➝S/SW
45 alba Wagtail ➝S/SW/SE
114 Swallow ➝S/SW
62 House Martin ➝S/SW
1 Song Thrush (in)
20 Siskin (19➝S/SW) (1➝E)
3 Redpoll sp (1➝S)
2 Reed Bunting ➝W
1 Raven
5 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap

2 Red Admiral

Monday, 26 September 2011

Lutley Wedge 26/09/11 07.15am (12°c) Cloudy/overcast (Warm & sunny/patchy cloud later am) Wind (S/SW) F2

After a very slow start first thing, Meadow Pipits got moving in good numbers from late morning with a constant passage of birds going through until at least early afternoon. A Wheatear 'dropped out' into the ploughed field at Grange Barns at 09.00am and a Spotted Flycatcher was in the hedgerow at Foxcote Pond (a new latest date at Lutley). Whilst watching the Flycatcher a flock of (7) Crossbill flew over, and there was an noticeable increase in Siskin moving.  
Visible Migration:-
1 Spotted Flycatcher
1 Wheatear
7 Crossbill ➝S/SW
382 Meadow Pipit ➝S/SW
113 Swallow ➝S/SW
3 Chiffchaff
6 alba Wagtail ➝S/SW
71 Siskin (54➝S/SW) (14➝N)
7 Redpoll sp (6➝SW) (1➝SE)
21 Goldfinch ➝N
2 Cormorant ➝S
3 Grey Heron ➝W/SW
2 Raven ➝S

4 Red Admiral (1➝SW)

Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear 26/9/11

Siskin and Meadow Pipits 26/9/11

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Lutley Wedge 24/09/11 07.15am (11°c) Cloudy, overcast with patchy low cloud. Wind (S) F2/3

The patchy low cloud and overcast conditions first thing, combined with a stiff Southerly wind definitely suppressed a lot of migration with much smaller numbers of Mipits struggling through than yesterday. The numbers of Siskin moving increased though with the largest flock so far this autumn (13) flying through.

Visible Migration:-
123 Meadow Pipit ➝S/SW
75 Swallow ➝S/SW
33 House Martin ➝S/SW
17 alba Wagtail ➝S/SW
1 Grey Wagtail ➝W
25 Siskin (23➝S/SW) (2➝E)
1 Redpoll sp ➝N
11 Chaffinch ➝S/SW
1 Raven ➝NE
Swalllows 24/9/11

Friday, 23 September 2011

Lutley Wedge 23/09/11 07.15am (9°c) Cloudy (SW) F3

A surge of Meadow Pipits today with a constant passage of small flocks from first light finally tailing off late morning. At least (561) flew through to the S/SW in 3.5 hours this morning, the 2nd highest ever day count at Lutley Wedge since (620) on 16/9/10. Also the first Golden Plover this autumn flew over at 08.18am heading SW.
Visible migration :-
1 Golden Plover ➝SW
561 Meadow Pipit ➝S/W
51 Swallow ➝S
102 House Martin ➝S/SW
5 Redpoll sp ➝S
7 Siskin (4➝S) (2➝N) (1➝W)
3 Goldfinch ➝S
8 alba Wagtail (6➝S/SE)
1 Herring Gull ➝W

3 Chiffchaff
1 Blackcap
1 Goldcrest
Some of the 100's! 'Mipit montage' and Golden Plover 23/9/11

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Lutley Wedge 22/09/11 07.00am (9°c) Cool & sunny, clear skies/patchy cloud (W/SW) breeze F2/3

A steady movement of Meadow Pipits, House Martins and Swallows from first light, and (1) Wheatear 'dropped out' onto the power line above my 'vis mig' watchpoint at 08.10am.
Visible Migration:-
1 Wheatear (in)
128+ Meadow Pipit  (117➝S/SW) (11+ in) 
65 House Martin ➝S/SW
36+ Swallow ➝S/SW
5+ alba Wagtail ➝SE/S/SW
6 Siskin (4➝SE)
24 Goldfinch ➝S
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker ➝SSW 

3+ Chiffchaff
1 Blackcap
Meadow Pipit 22/9/11

Wheatear 22/9/11

Friday, 2 September 2011

Lutley Wedge 01/09/11 07.15am (9°c) Sunny, clear skies. Still at first then E/SE F1/2

2 Hobbies were seen along with a single Tree Pipit that flew over late morning, also at least 2 Yellow Wagtails flew over and several late Swift.
2 Hobby (1➝E) (1 over Wassell Grove Pools)
1 Tree Pipit ➝SSE
2 Yellow Wagtail
2 Meadow pipit (1➝SW)
10+ Swift
42+ House Martin
17+ Swallow
2 Common Whitethroat
3+ Blackcap
1 Chiffchaff

1 Red Admiral ➝SW
Hobby Wassell Grove Pools 1/9/11

Swift and Tree Pipit 1/9/11