Thursday, 26 December 2013

Lutley Wedge 26/12/13 (5°c) Cold, sunny, scattered cloud

1 Goosander (Wassell Grove Pools)
100+ Redwing
4 Fieldfare
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Siskin
1 Redpoll sp
6 Pied Wagtail
1 Kingfisher

1♀ Blackcap (SLC)
1st-winter ♂ Goosander 26/12/13
aged as a 1st winter by the pale iris, whilst the dark half collar feathering just showing through at the base of the neck points to this being a ♂.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Lutley Wedge 20/12/13 Bright, scattered cloud.

1 Water Rail
180+ Redwing
21 Fieldfare
1 Siskin
1 Redpoll sp
10 Pied Wagtail
30+ Chaffinch
1 Kingfisher

2 Blackcap (1♂1♀) (SLC)

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Lutley Wedge 19/12/13

(All sightings SLC...)
1♂ Blackcap

21/12/13
1♀ Blackcap

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Lutley Wedge 17/12/13 (7°c) Sunny, clear

"Sharming"
1 Water Rail (first record for Lutley Wedge)
30+ Redwing
9 Fieldfare
2 Redpoll sp
1 Siskin
1 Kingfisher 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Lutley Wedge 30/11/13 (7°c) Sunny, clear

Wassell Grove Pools :-
35+ Redwing
2 Fieldfare
1 Redpoll sp
20 Goldfinch

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Lutley Wedge 12/11/13 (7°c) Fine, mostly clear skies some patchy high cloud 2/8. Wind (W)-(WSW) F2

1+ Crossbill ➝S/SW (flock/multiple calls heard at 08.50am)
213 Fieldfare  (80➝W/NW) (67➝S/SW) (66 in)
56 Redwing (22➝W) (9➝S) (25 in)
500 Starling ➝W
4 Meadow Pipit
24 Siskin (23➝N) (1➝S) including a flock of 22
8 Redpoll sp (3➝W) (3➝S/SE) (2➝E)
3 Reed Bunting (2➝SW) (1 in)
16 Chaffinch ➝W/NW
4 Linnet
9 Skylark
Redpoll 12/11/13

Monday, 4 November 2013

Lutley Wedge 04/11/13 (2°c) Fine and clear 0/8, scattered cloud 4/8 later. Wind (WNW) F2-F3 gusting F4

"Woodpigs on the move in a big way"

1 Crossbill ➝S
14 Goosander ➝NW
4921 Woodpigeon ➝SSW
1 Chiffchaff
6 Meadow Pipit (5 in) (1➝E)
89 Redwing (85➝SW) (1➝W) (2➝NW) (1➝E)
8 Fieldfare ➝SW
1 Song Thrush ➝E
2 Redpoll sp ➝S
2 Siskin ➝S
70 Goldfinch
60+ Chaffinch
87 Starling ➝W
7 Cormorant  (6➝SSW) (1➝E)

1 Red Admiral

Cormorant and Woodpigeons 4/11/13


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 24/10/13 (8°c) Sunny, patchy cloud 5/8 clearing to 2/8. Wind (Calm)-(S/SW) F1/2


"A brief weather window for vismig and a classic late October selection as Starling surge"

2 Brambling (1➝W) (1♀/1st-w in)
102+ Chaffinch ➝W
4 Redpoll sp ➝S
2 Siskin
5 Reed Bunting (4➝W/SW) (1 in)
16 Linnet
1 Chiffchaff
1034 Starling ➝W (flocks of 140, 100, 90)
231 Redwing (162➝S/SW) (62➝W) (7 in) (flocks of 50, 40)
47 Fieldfare (12➝S) (16➝W) (19 in)
2 Song Thrush (1➝SW) (1 in)
3 Blackbird (in)
30 Meadow Pipit (27➝S/SW) (3 in)
11 alba Wagtail (8 in) (2➝S) (1➝WNW)
763+ Wood Pigeon ➝S/SE/SW 
1 Raven ➝SW (blogging)
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

2 Red Admiral (1➝S)
♀/1st-winter Brambling 24/10/13

Starling 24/10/13

Friday, 18 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 18/10/13 (11°c) Mist and Fog 8/8 only slowly lifting to low cloud. Wind (SE) F1/2 gusting F3

"A fogged in watchpoint and a block to further Easterly arrivals"

1 Chiffchaff 
174 Redwing (71➝W/SW) (61➝S/SE) (24➝N/NW) (18 in)
21 Fieldfare (8➝S) (2➝WSW) (2➝N) (9 in)
8 Song Thrush (2➝N/NE) (1➝E) (2 blogging) (2 in)
6 Meadow Pipit (3➝W) (2➝NE) (1 in) 
2 Goldcrest
1 Grey Wagtail ➝N
18 alba Wagtail (3➝E) (4➝N) (1➝S) (10 in) 
11 Siskin ➝SE
1 Reed Bunting 
11 Chaffinch➝W
23 Linnet
28 Goldfinch (16➝NE) (12➝S)
13 Starling ➝W/SW
17+ B.H.Gull ➝W/SW
7 L.B.B Gull ➝S/SE
Late Chiffchaff 18/10/13

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 16/10/13 (8°c) Overcast, low cloud 8/8 rain later. Wind (SSE) F2-F3 gusting F4

19 Golden Plover ➝SW 
1 Lapwing ➝NW
1 Peregrine ➝NE
1 Brambling ➝SE
315 Redwing (229➝S/SE) (43➝N/NW) (37➝W/SW) (6➝E/NE)
4 Fieldfare (2➝E/SE) (1➝W) (1➝N)
4 Song Thrush (1➝NW) (1➝SE) (2 blogging)
1 Blackbird ➝W (in)
4 Meadow Pipit (2➝WSW) (2 in)
20 alba Wagtail ➝S/SE
1 Grey Wagtail ➝E/SE 
7 Chaffinch➝W
1 Reed Bunting
183 B.H.Gull ➝W/SW
1 Herring Gull ➝SW
2 Raven ➝NW
Peregrine 16/10/13

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 15/10/13 (7°c) Mist and Fog 8/8 slowly clearing to low cloud. Wind (NW) F2/3

Extensive fog severely hampered vis mig first thing, but night migrants had obviously been grounded in the early hours before dawn, with a cracking ♂ Brambling (the first this autumn) calling repeatedly from the hedgerow nearby as I arrived and numerous Redwing contacts drifting out of the thick fog and mist. Redwing continued to push on regardless through the clag and murk mostly moving W/NW and there was an obvious influx/passage of Chaffinch along with the first signs of Continental Starling passage getting going. 

2 Brambling (1♂ in) (1➝WNW) (1st of the autumn)
2 Snipe (1➝WSW) (1➝E)
1 Peregrine ➝E
760 Redwing (610➝W/NW) (48➝S/SW) (77➝N) (11➝E/NE) (14 in) (flocks of 46, 50, 54, 56)
21 Fieldfare (20➝W/NW) (1➝S) 
6 Song Thrush (4➝W/NW) (1➝SW) (1 in)
3 Blackbird
1 Chiffchaff
24 Meadow Pipit (12➝S) (10➝W) (2➝NE)
4 alba Wagtail (3➝W) (1➝E)
1 Grey Wagtail ➝N
30 Skylark (14➝W)
1 Redpoll sp ➝SW
4 Siskin (3➝S) (1➝N)
1 Bullfinch ➝SSE then NW
18 Goldfinch
181+ Chaffinch (166➝W/NW) (15➝N)
1 Reed Bunting ➝NW
103 Starling➝W/NW
1 Common Gull ➝N
1 Herring Gull ➝W
35 B.H.Gull (31➝N/NW) (4➝W)
14 Canada Goose ➝NE
1 Raven ➝E
1♂ Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Redwing, Fieldfare and Redpoll sp 15/10/13



Friday, 11 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 11/10/13 (9°c) Cloudy, early rain showers clearing. Wind (N/NE) F3

All sightings SLC...
236 Redwing ➝W/NW (largest flocks of 30, 40)
1 Fieldfare ➝W (1st of autumn)
4 Meadow Pipit (1➝W) (3 in)
4 Raven (3➝S)

13/10/13
11 Fieldfare ➝W


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 06/10/13 (12°c) Clear and sunny. Wind (SSW) F2/3

All sightings SLC...
81+ Meadow Pipit ➝S/SW
13 alba wagtail ➝S/SW
2 Chiffchaff 

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 05/10/13 (13°c) Cloudy, Wind (WNW) F1/2

All sightings SLC...
2 Meadow Pipit ➝S
5+ Chiffchaff
2+ Blackcap
2 Cormorant ➝S

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Lutley Wedge 01/10/13 (11°c) Overcast, murky 8/8. Wind (E)-(ENE) F2 increasing F3, gusting F4

2 Crossbill ➝S
1 Golden Plover ➝E
2 Redwing ➝S
2 Song Thrush (in) then➝N
14 Mistle Thrush
92 Meadow Pipit (52➝S) (34➝E/SE) (5➝SW) (1➝W)
10 Siskin (9➝S) 
1 Swallow
10 Hirundine sp ➝SSE
3 Blackcap
1 Chiffchaff
14 alba Wagtail (9➝S/SE) (2➝WSW) (3 in)
2 Grey Wagtail (1➝E)
8 B.H.Gull (7➝WSW) (1➝NE)
2 Raven ➝SE
6 Skylark
6 Linnet
Golden Plover 1/10/13
Crossbill (♀ type) 1/10/13
Siskin 1/10/13

Monday, 30 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 30/09/13 (13°c) Mostly cloudy, Wind (E) F3

All sightings SLC...

35 Meadow Pipit (30➝S) (4➝SSE) (1➝W)
7 alba Wagtail ➝S/SE
23 Swallow (16➝S) (4➝SSE) (3➝NW)
House Martin
2 Canada Geese➝NW

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 29/09/13 (11°c) Overcast 7/8 clearing to Sunny/scattered cloud 4/8. Wind (ENE)-(E) F2/3 increasing F4 gusting F5

"First Redwing, but still quiet in blustery easterlies"

7 Redwing ➝SW (1st of autumn, flock of 6 and a single)
1 Golden Plover ➝SW
1 Common Gull (adult) ➝W
1 Grey (anser) Goose sp ➝E
84 Meadow Pipit (61➝S) (21➝E/SE) (2➝W)
27 alba Wagtail (22➝S/SE) (3 in) (1➝W) (1➝E)
3 Grey Wagtail (2➝S) (1➝E)
12 Swallow (6➝SE) (5➝S) (1➝N)
5 House Martin
3 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
3 Siskin ➝S
7 Chaffinch (2➝W) (3➝N) (2➝S)
21 Linnet (16➝SE)
9 Cormorant (6➝E) (3➝W)
26 Canada Geese (24➝NE) (2➝WSW)
44 B.H.Gull (40➝W) (4➝E)
10 L.B.B Gull (6➝W) (2➝S) (1➝N) (1➝E)  
Chiffchaff and Cormorants 29/9/13

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 28/09/13 (10°c) Misty, low cloud 8/8 only slowly clearing. Wind (SE) F1/2 increasing (E) F3/4

"Quiet, breezy and murky"

1 Redpoll sp ➝S (1st of the autumn) 
90 Meadow Pipit (82➝S/SW) (5➝ENE) (2➝N) (1➝W)
21 alba Wagtail (16➝S) (3 in) (3➝N/NW)
1 Grey Wagtail ➝NW
1 Thrush sp➝N 
1+ Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff
13 Chaffinch (5➝S) (6➝SE) (2➝W) 
16 Goldfinch
12 Linnet (9➝W) 
4 Skylark
32 Starling
Low cloud sunrise, Mipit and alba Wagtail 28/9/13

Friday, 27 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 27/09/13 (11°c) Fair, broken cloud 6/8 clearing. Wind E/SE F2 increasing F3 gusting F4

"Night migrants dropping out"

1 Spotted Flycatcher ➝SSW (in)
1 Wheatear (in) then flew ➝W
1 Snipe ➝W
1 Peregrine ➝SSW
141+ Meadow Pipit  (130➝S) (6➝SW) (3➝SE) (2 in)
2 Blackcap
7 Chiffchaff
2 Whitethroat
4 Swallow ➝S
3 House Martin ➝S
4 Goldcrest
9 alba Wagtail ➝S/SW
1 Grey Wagtail ➝S
4+ Siskin➝S
20 Linnet
2 Chaffinch ➝S
1 Reed Bunting
Juv Spotted Flycatcher 27/9/13
 A new latest date for Spot Fly at Lutley and only the 2nd record this year!

♂ Wheatear and Juv Peregrine 27/9/13

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 26/09/13 (12°c) Overcast 8/8. Wind (NE) F3 gusting F4 then dropping to F2 later

1 Lapwing ➝WSW (1st of the autumn)
239 Meadow Pipit (226➝S/SW) (4➝W) (9 in) 
19 Swallow➝S/SW
11 House Martin (2➝S)
1 Chiffchaff
11 alba Wagtail (7➝S/SW) (4 in)
2 Grey Wagtail (1➝N) (1➝S)
1 Song Thrush➝SSW
1 Siskin➝S
16 Linnet
3 Cormorant ➝W
5 Canada Geese ➝WSW
4 Raven ➝S
47 Jackdaw➝W
Lapwing 26/9/13

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 25/09/13 (13°c) Mist, fog and low cloud 8/8. Wind Calm/Var F1

"Will-o'-the-wisp" "Snipe on the move"

13 Snipe (12➝W) (1➝S) (flocks of 9 and 3)
1 Golden Plover ➝W
65 Meadow Pipit (34➝W) (23➝SW) (3➝S) (3➝E) (2 in)
2 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
10 Swallow (8➝S) (2➝N)
1 Song Thrush➝SE (1st of the autumn)
6 Grey Wagtail (1➝SW) (3➝N) (2➝NE)
12 alba Wagtail (8➝SW) (1➝W) (3 in) 
6 Chaffinch (3➝S/SE) (2➝SW) (1➝N) 
19 Linnet (14➝W) 
7 Goldfinch➝NW
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker➝W
16 B.H.Gull (9➝NW) (6➝W) (1➝E) 
 26 L.B.B Gull (12➝E/SE) (10➝W) (2➝S) (2➝N)
Snipe 25/9/13 
The flock of (9) birds today is the 2nd largest flock of Snipe ever seen on the patch, with the largest flock of (15) occurring during a hard weather movement back in December 2009. 
Common Whitethroat 25/9/13 
The Whitethroat I managed to dig out today may well be one of the last on the patch this year, though the two latest departure dates at Lutley are on the 1st October 1998 & 2003.




Saturday, 21 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 21/09/13 (11°c) Overcast 8/8. Wind (SSW)-(SW) F2-F3

216 Meadow Pipit (191➝S/SW) (7➝W/SW) (2➝SE) (16 in, then➝SW) 
257 House Martin (250➝S/SW) (7 blogging)
87 Swallow ➝S/SW
2 Chiffchaff
2 Blackcap
2 alba Wagtail➝S/SE
2 Grey Wagtail➝N/NE
3 Siskin
30 Linnet
16 Goldfinch (8➝S/SW)
6 Chaffinch (3➝S/SW) (3➝WSW)
2 Skylark
66 B.H.Gull ➝W/SW
9 L.B.B Gull (7➝W/SW) (1➝E) (1➝S)
Meadow Pipit and Swallow 21/9/13

Friday, 20 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 20/09/13 Cloudy. Wind light (SW)

"Shelduck grip!"

All sightings SLC...
3 Shelduck ➝W at 08.15am (2nd patch record)
144 Meadow Pipit (71➝S) (62➝SW) (11➝W)
2 Swallow➝S
7 House martin (3➝SW)
6 alba Wagtail (5➝S) (1➝SW)
Shelduck 20/9/13 (record shot!)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 19/09/13 (9°c) Cloudy, Overcast 7/8-8/8 light showers, rain later. Wind (SSW)-(S) F3

"Better than forecast, rain holds off allowing a weather window for vismig"

1 Peregrine ➝SW 
1 flava Wagtail ➝ESE
21 Swallow ➝W/SW
26 House Martin (11➝S) (13➝SSW) (2➝W) 
1 Chiffchaff
186 Meadow Pipit (183➝S/SW) (3➝W)
5 alba Wagtail ➝S/SW
4 Grey Wagtail (2➝N) (2➝S/SW)
7 Siskin ➝S
42 Linnet (33➝S/SW) (9 in)
2 Raven ➝E/SE
70 Starling
50 B.H.Gull (49➝W) (1➝S) 
8 L.B.B Gull (4➝W) (2➝S/SE) (2➝NE)
35 Canada Geese➝W/SW
1 (White) feral Goose sp ➝W/SW
Juv Peregrine 19/9/13
flava Wagtail 19/9/13 (the 40th this autumn!)

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 15/09/13 (7°c) Clear skies and broken cloud 4/8, becoming overcast from (W) 8/8 with light rain showers.Wind (SW) F3/F4

"Overnight wind switch to the SW and a brief weather window, brings increased vismig including first Snipe and Siskin of the autumn"

1 Snipe ➝W/SW (in)
1 flava Wagtail ➝W
2 Siskin ➝N (1st of the autumn)
109 Meadow Pipit (48➝S) (56➝SW) (5➝W)
220 Swallow (157➝W/SW) (52➝S/SE) (2➝WNW) 
25 House Martin (22➝W/SW) (3➝E)
1 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
4 alba Wagtail ➝S
1 Grey Wagtail ➝NW
4 Cormorant➝W
14 Linnet (3➝W) (11 in)
35 Goldfinch (13➝N) (22➝S/SW)
2 Chaffinch➝S
1 Raven ➝E/SE
100 B.H.Gull (83➝W/SW) (13➝E) (4➝N/NW)
Meadow Pipit 15/9/13
There were the first signs of alba Wagtail passage getting underway this morning with 4 moving south.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 13/09/13 (13°c) Overcast 8/8 with patchy light rain/drizzle. Wind (NW) F2

"Vismig slows but overnight rain brings a few grounded night migrants"

1 Wheatear
1 Sedge Warbler 
7 Chiffchaff
3 Whitethroat
2 Blackcap
41 Meadow Pipit (30➝S/SW) (7➝W/SW) 
60 House Martin 
18 Swallow
4 Grey Wagtail (3➝SW) (1➝SE)
3 Pied Wagtail
1 alba Wagtail ➝NE
26 Linnet 
82 Starling
5 Cormorant ➝E
19 B.H.Gull (18➝W) (1➝N)
8 L.B.B Gull (5➝W/SW) (2➝E) (1➝N)
Sedge Warbler 13/9/13 
(1st of the autumn and patch year tick)
♂ Wheatear 13/9/13

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 11/09/13 (12°c) Overcast 6/8, Clouding over to 8/8 with light rain showers. Wind (NW) F2

"Less than optimal conditions but Mipits still on the move in numbers"

208 Meadow Pipit (160➝SW) (24➝WSW) (19➝S) (3➝NNW) (2 in)
16 Swallow (4➝SW)
60 House Martin
80 Greenfinch
12 Linnet
8 Goldfinch➝S
2 Grey Wagtail (1➝S) (1➝ESE)
2 Pied Wagtail
70 Starling
2 Raven➝W
19 B.H.Gull (16➝W) (2➝WNW) (1➝E) 
6 L.B.B Gull (3➝WNW) (3➝ESE)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 10/09/13 (8°c) Clear skies & scattered high cloud 4/8. clouding over to 8/8 with showers. Wind (WNW)-(NW) F3/4

"First big push of Meadow Pipits"

149 Meadow Pipit (94➝SW) (44➝S) (4➝W) (7 in) largest flocks of 25,11
1 Wheatear
2 flava Wagtail (1➝SW) (1 in)
15 Swallow (9➝SW) (2➝S) (4➝WNW)
20 House Martin 
1 Chiffchaff
3 Grey Wagtail (2➝SW) (1➝S)
2 Pied Wagtail
1 alba Wagtail ➝WNW
19 Goldfinch (6➝S) (13➝N)
12 Linnet (2➝NW)
3 Chaffinch➝NE
18 B.H.Gull (17➝W) (1➝E)
4 L.B.B Gull (2➝WNW) (1➝E) (1➝N)
Meadow Pipits and Grey Wagtail 10/9/13

Monday, 9 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 09/09/13 (12°c) Low cloud, drizzle/light rain clearing to sunny spells. Wind (N)-(NE) F1/2

A trickle of Meadow Pipit moved through after the rain finally cleared today.
3 Meadow Pipit (2➝SW) (1➝W)
11 House Martin
1 Chiffchaff
66 Starling
Meadow Pipit 9/9/13

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 05/09/13 (13°c) Fine, clear skies/scattered high cloud. Wind (Calm)-(W/NW) F2

2 flava Wagtail (1➝E) (1 in then➝SW)
1 Tree Pipit ➝S/SW
1 Meadow Pipit ➝SW
64 Swallow
30 House Martin
3 Chiffchaff
3 Whitethroat
3 Blackcap
24 Linnet (flocks of 16,8)
66 Goldfinch (13➝S/SW) (53➝N) inc flock of 35
2 Raven ➝W
7 L.B.B Gull
2 B.H.Gull
1st-winter Yellow Wagtail 5/9/13
A total of at least (36) flava Wagtails have now passed through the patch in the last 15 days 


Monday, 2 September 2013

Lutley Wedge 02/09/13 (11°c) Fair, scattered high cloud. Wind (W) F2/3

"Audible invismig"

2 Tree Pipit ➝S/SW
2 flava Wagtail (1➝SW) (1 in)
38 House Martin
31 Swallow
3 Chiffchaff
3 Blackcap
3 Whitethroat
1 Grey Wagtail ➝NE
28 Goldfinch (21➝S)
1 Raven ➝N
22 B.H.Gull (21➝W) (1➝E)
20 L.B.B Gull (6➝S/SE) (4➝E) (8➝W) (2➝N) 
1 Grey Heron ➝E

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Lutley Wedge 31/08/13 (10°c) Clear skies and scattered cloud. Wind (NW) F2/3

1 flava Wagtail ➝SW
2 Sand Martin ➝SW
100 House Martin
41 Swallow
4 Chiffchaff
4 Whitethroat
3 Blackcap
21 B.H.Gull ➝W
1 L.B.B Gull ➝W
Sand Martin 31/8/13

Friday, 30 August 2013

Lutley Wedge 30/08/13 (14°c) Overcast, early mist and low cloud. Wind (SW) F2

1 Whinchat (1st-w)
2 Wheatear (1st-w)
1 Tree Pipit ➝SW
1 flava Wagtail ➝SW
1 Swift
120 House Martin
117 Swallow (18➝SW) (23➝S) (4➝WSW)
5 Whitethroat
5 Chiffchaff
2 Blackcap
2 Grey Wagtail (1➝ESE) (1➝N)
24 Goldfinch (12➝S/SW) (12➝N)
9 B.H.Gull ➝W/SW
4 L.B.B Gull ➝W
1st-winter Whinchat and Wheatear 30/8/13
Swift 30/8/13 
The last Swift sighting in 2013, signalling an early departure this year