A change of wind direction to the SSE and heavily overcast skies this morning. Vis mig kicked in with (9) Tree Pipits flying over in 3 hours between 6.40am-9.40am (a new record day count at Lutley), also 2 Yellow Wagtail flew through SW.
9 Tree Pipit (6➝S/SW) (1➝ESE) (2 in, then 1➝S and 1➝ESE)
2 flava Wagtail ➝SW
39 Swallow (9➝S/SW) (26➝W)
43 House Martin (27➝S/SE)
30 Swift (6➝SW) (20➝WSW)
Tree Pipit Lutley Wedge 27/8/12
The sweet sound of vis mig! Tree Pipit sonograms and sound recordings Lutley Wedge 27/8/12.....
Vis mig again deathly quiet, though very much the case of the 'one that got away' this morning as a very high and distant wader flew over WNW at 0725am, but just too high and far away to i.d!! The first Redpoll of the autumn flew through along with 5 Cormorant.
A Crossbill flew south over Wassell Grove Pools at 10.33am, followed by a Tree Pipit south at 10.45am. Another Tree Pipit dropped out into the horse paddock near Foxcote House farm briefly at 09.45am. There was an influx of c70 Swifts late morning, with most moving off to the S/SW.
1 Crossbill ➝S
2 Tree Pipit (1➝S) (1 in)
c70 House Martin
1 Herring Gull➝E
Tree Pipit 21/8/12
Swift and 'tail-less' House Martin 21/8/12 (Bizarrely two House Martins in the flock today had no tail feathers!)
(9) Ringed Plover flew over heading high to the west at 10.28am (the first record at Lutley Wedge). A ♀ Crossbill flew south at 07.28am also (1) Spotted Flycatcher, (1) Tree Pipit and a Yellow Wagtail over.
9 Ringed Plover ➝W
1 Crossbill ➝S
1 Spotted Flycatcher ➝W
1 Tree Pipit
1 flava Wagtail
4 Willow Warbler
c50 House Martin
1 Red Admiral➝SW
♀ Crossbill 19/8/12
Spotted Flycatcher 19/8/12
My first ever vis mig Spot Fly had me scratching my head to begin with, as i picked it up coming in high from the east. Looking overall dark and long winged, but totally silent which quickly eliminated Tree Pipit, it had an unmistakeable undulating flight action and jizz similar to Wheatear. In the record photos you can just make out the pale edged secondaries forming a lighter panel on the folded wing, dark beady eye and overall greyish plumage tones and the indistinct pale-ish wing bar/line on the upperwing. A very instructive bird!
Willow Warbler 19/8/12
What is it with passage Willow Warblers and powerlines!?