|Just a little sketch showing the directions of migration over Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)|
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Wind: SE 9 to 15 mph, 9c, 90% cloud, 1013mb pressure. I guess its a question of following "The Lord Mayor's Show", because it was ever so quiet with hardly anything on the Thrush activity! Good Linnets again and a nice bonus with a pair of "Tree Sparrows". Definate fall of Blackbirds last night with lots and lots on the hedgerows. Early doors large midge plumes
Chaffinch: 136 (123SE,13W)
Goldfinch: 10SE (2,8)
Linnet: 66 SE (16,6,4,1,40)
Meadow Pipit: 6 SE (1,2,1,2)
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE (1,1,4,1,1)
Tree Sparrow: 2 SE
Redwing: 23 (3 S/SE 20SW)
Blackbird: 4 SE (1,3)
Small Turdus: 2 (1SE,1SW)
Others: Starlings 750 E x roost LM (250,500)
|Monday 23rd Oct 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Monday 23rd October 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
Sunday 22nd October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 1200hrs
Wind: West 25-45mph, 10c, 100% cloud, 1002mb pressure. Strong winds (the remaining residue from Storm "Brian" but what made things worse was it was on/off drizzle or light rain throughout the morning. However it was clear that the Redwings were moving today and noticed that the main line was coming up out from somewhere behind the stable offices of Dalton Hall, thus presuming the birds were coming from Docker/Majors Nursery areas and heading towards the West/North West out. There would have been large numbers of Starling today probably missed but they were too low to the ground and blending into the trees on the sides of Hutton Roof. Also a large number of the Chaffinch today were recorded coming through to the West. Nice to get more Whoopers and a bonus with the Pintail. Tomorrow should be interesting with the Thrushes!
Chaffinch: 214 (109 to the South East and 105 to the West/S West
Goldfinch: 45 SE (9,15,6,15)
Linnet: 11 SE (5,6)
Alba Wagtail: 2W
Skylark: 1 SE
Redwing: 771 all W/NW (32 proper parties above 10) 35,5,1,20,7,10,50,10,40,20,10,50,30,10,30,10,40,15,20,40,15,50,30,7,2,15,5,2,8,12,7,5,3,13,30,40,40,20,5,30,60,20,20,40.
Fieldfare: 120 all W/NW (3 parties 20,50,50)
Starling: 45 all W (20,5,5,15)
Pintail: 1 NW
Common Snipe: 2SW
Whooper Swan: 5SW at 1145hrs
|Sunday 22nd Oct 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Sunday 22nd Oct 2017 - 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Sunrise looking East (21st Oct 2017) Click over to enlarge|
Wind: SSE 16-33mph (Storm Brian), 10c, 81% Cloud, 992mb pressure. Most activity was between daylight and 0930hrs, very little afterwards just trickles. Everything struggling with strong winds. A good few small Redwing parties which went varying directions and very low down. Odd Fieldfare parties which all went SE, odd Starling parties close to the ground (must have been lots missed). Best was the Linnet parties (well pleased with these! been good now for a day or two).
Chaffinch: 117 SE (mainly 1s,2s,3s)
Goldfinch: 77 SE (8,15,20,6,16,12)
Linnet: 109 SE (30,6,14,4,40,15)
Greenfinch: 5 SE (one party)
Meadow Pipit: 4 SE (2,2)
Alba Wagtail: 11 SE (1,2,2,2,2,1,3)
Swallow: 1 SE
Redwing: 363 (175SW,119 SE, 61N/NW, 8W)
Fieldfare: 64 SE (25,25,6,4,3,1)
Starling: 39 W (3,2,4,15,15)
Others: Kestrel 1 local Buzzard x4 (local)
|Sat 21st Oct 2017 0100hrs (Click to enlarge)|
|Sat 21st Oct 2017 at 1300hrs (Click to enlarge)|
Chaffinch: 203 mainly SE with some going W and S (best parties: 1x9,1x7,2x6,4x5)
Goldfinch: 72 SE (3,44,25)
Linnet: 43 SE (4,4,15,20)
Redpoll: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 23 all SE (1,1,1,2,1,1,6,1,1,1,2,1,1,2)
Meadow Pipit: 3 SE
Starling: 8 W (3,5)
Redwing: 356 W (12 parties: 20,4,60,30,40,12,30,50,10,20,20,30,30)
Fieldfare: 125 NW to S/SSE (3 parties: 35,60,30)
Mistle Thrush: 5 SW (3,2)
Turdus species: 2 (1NW,1SE)
Cormorant: 1 SE
Woodpigeon: 2 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 11S (all singles)
Also: Starling: 162 E x roost LM (150,4,8), Kestrel (local) Buzzard x 4 (local)
|Fri 20th Oct 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Fri 20th Oct 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|This morning looking South East (Click over to enlarge)|
SE 8-15mph 10-11c, 75% Cloud cover, 1005-1003mb pressure. A far better day today with plenty going on. Also 15 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare parties. Redwing went quiet after 0900hrs Any small parties after this dropped into Hutton Roof.
Chaffinch: 463 mainly SE (just a few going W)
Goldfinch: 119 SE (12,10,8,5,9,4,4,4,10,20,10,4,4,7,7,1)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Linnet: 66 SE (20,40,1,5,)
Reed Bunting: 1 SE
Swallow: 3 SE (one party)
Skylark: 5 SE (4,1)
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE (1,1,2,2,1,1)
Redwing: 366 S/SSE/SE ( 16 parties: 30,10,20,20,20,14,30,6,30,40,30,20,10,30,14,22)
Fieldfare: 61 SE (3,2,3,1,22,30) (all came between 1100 and 1130)
Small Turdus: 5 SE (1,1,2,1)
Mistle Thrush: 4 SE (2,1,1)
Red Admiral Butterfly 1
also: Starling: 65 x roost LM (4,3,50,4,2,2) Kestrel (local)
|Thr 19th October 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Thr 19th October 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
Also: Robert Ashworth of Kendal has kindly reported the following Hutton Roof records:
Hawfinch - At least 2 possibly 3 today (18th October 2017). One South over Lancelot and then later two in trees by the bonk in Lower Dalton. These two were associating with a mixed flock of birds including Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch and Thrushes.
A possible Lapland Bunting flew east today (18th October 2017) over Burton Fell, associating with a small party of Skylark.
Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: East 3-5mph, 7c to 11c, Cloud 40%, bright skies 60%, 1014mb pressure. Could not believe it after all the right things seemed to be in place! (to a human being!) so what on earth went wrong. Even after almost 40 plus years of vismigging it proves that early speculation is still in doubt! Other than trickles of birds going through, they just did not seem interested with lots of blogging parties of both Chaffs and Goldfinch. Its funny when adverse weather like yesterday brought more birds through than the calm weather of today! Here goes.
Chaffinch: 95 mainly SE (a few west and a few south)
Goldfinch: 70 SE (4,14,5,7,20,8,12)
Linnet: 1 SE
Meadow Pipit: 3 SE (1,2)
Alba Wagtail: 1 W
Redwing: 37 (12SW,4W,11E,10SE)
Small Turdus: 2 W (1,1)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE
Woodpigeon: 62 S (13,20,7,20,12)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2 (1,1)
Also: Starling: 113 E x roost at LM
|Wed 18th October 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Wed 18th Oct 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: WSW 26-40mph with gust to 50 plus, 11c, 97% Cloud, 1010mb pressure. Did not really expect anything today and was pleasantly surprised, it was for me more of a question of witnessing incredible endurance rather than quantity of numbers! The birds were still trickling through even on leaving, most of the birds were coming through side on to try and compensate against the strong rear to side on winds (for the birds). It was also amazing to see all the gulls first thing how they fought the winds, tipling and tumbling with twist and turns and rise and falls to negotiate the wind and its differing strength layers etc. Absolutely brilliant to watch! Also a couple of nice Redwing parties came through to the SE at about 0930hrs.
Chaffinch: 104 mainly SE (22S 10W)
Goldfinch: 24 SE (3,7,4,9,1) all seem to cut the wind really well.
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Swallow: 1 SE
Blackbird: 2 W (1,1)
Song Thrush: 2 SW (1,1,)
Redwing: 68 E/SE (40,20,8)
Small Turdus: 1SE
Large Turdus: 1 SE
Starling: 6 W
Lapwing: 10 SE (one party)
Also: Starling 992 x roost LM (200,450,300,2,30,10)
|Tues Oct 17th 2017 0100hrs|
|Tues Oct 17th 2017 1300hrs|
Monday 16th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 0900hrs (Storm "Orphelia")
Also: 1345hrs to 1515hours,
Wind: Freshened to: 20 to 30 mph SE, 17c, 1004mb pressure. Birds were going through the strong freshening winds in small occasional trickles. Nice and sunny at times.
|Monday 16th October 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
numbers have been very poor this year compared to past years and I put this down to the Westerley winds and also maybe the mild weather has also had a part to play. Just to try and give you some idea I have made up this document showing numbers for comparisons.
Today (15th October 2017) The winds have changed over to the South (at long last) and I thought it would have been good, but no it turned out to be awful yet again, and thinking about it, it is probably down to two things 1) you have not had the build of prolonged Easterlies prior, and secondly I also think that perhaps the exceptional mild warm weather this year has not created the same inception interest to the migrants as you would get with the frost you associate with at this time of year. While we were getting Easterlies this year (2017) in the early part of the season (shown below) eg: September 23rd to October 1st I recorded good average numbers.
Sunday 15th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: S/SSE 10-23mph, 12c, 30% later to 100% cloud, 1013mb pressure. Movement never really got going, just a few early Alba and then trickles after a late start of about 0815hrs. I am wondering if the problem with the recent movements is mainly down to the "mild" weather, by now we have usually experienced frosts! Lots of flying Hornets and Wasps this morning.
Chaffinch: 158 (132 SE, 22W, 4S)
Goldfinch: 74 SE (5,6,4,7,5,1,20,20,6)
Linnet: 3 W
Meadow Pipit: 1 S
Alba Wagtail: 11 SE (4,1,4,1,1.)
Mistle Thrush: 6 SE (5,1)
Large Turdus: 2 E
Small Turdus: 3 (2W, 1E)
Song Thrush: 1 E
Woodpigeon: 12 SE (7,5)
Pink Footed Goose: 18 SE (Over Hutton Roof to Ingleborough at 0935hrs)
|Sunday 15th October 2017 0100hrs|
|Sunday 15th October 2017 1300hrs|
Saturday 14th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0730hrs to 0945hrs
Wind WSW 15-29mph, 15c, 100% Cloud, 1017mb pressure. A complete write off with no birds at all. Visibility in and out between 30 yards to 100 yards and back again plus drizzle to light rain throughout etc. I am sure it will be OK when this drizzle packs up and I do intend to try and get out again later - so please come back and check later.
1215hrs to 1315hrs - Wind WSW 16-30mph, 15c, 100% Cloud, 1016 pressure. Visibility a little better to about 150 yards with freshening winds. A little passage on arrival which quickly phased out to nothing at all.
Chaffinch: 32 (2S 30SE) best: 1x10,1x6.
Goldfinch: 46 SE (16,20,10)
Alba Wagtail: 1 S
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Redwing: 1 (audible only)
Other: Long Tailed Tit: 16 SE (hedge hopping), Kestrel (local)
|Sat Oct 14th 2017 0100hrs|
Sat Oct 14th 2017 1300hrs
Wind: SSW 15-36mph (felt like South winds), 15c, 100% Cloud, 1011mb pressure. At times heavy rain showers. No birds during early period it kept very dark. So counts made from 0900hrs onwards. I got the impression things were looking up with the change to a Southerly feel and obviously the birds seemed happier, yet still struggled with the strength of winds. Also they appeared to be going more direct although some had to fly side on to compensate and some were getting blown back and arcing to retry, and the party sizes started to build as well so I do think maybe Sunday and Monday could be good if the winds stay the same (eg: Southerly with a touch of SSE maybe.
Chaffinch: 124 SE (Parties: 1x20,2x8,2x7)
Goldfinch: 37 SE one party (25,12)
other Starling 12 E (10,2) x roost LM.
|Friday 13th October 2017 0100hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
|Friday 13th October 2017 1300hrs (Click over to enlarge)|
Thursday 12th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 0930hrs
Wind: SW 12 - 25mph, 9c but felt 5c, 50% Cloud, 1013mb pressure. Again very quiet with very little movement (literally trickles!), birds not that interested, and by the time I was leaving several Chaffinch blogging parties were building! As well as the finches even the much larger Lesser Blackback Gulls were having to compensate flying side on whilst heading SE.
Chaffinch: 81 (54 SE, 19W, 8S) much blogging by 0900hrs
Goldfinch: 22 S/SE (3,1,12,6) again much blogging going on!
Meadow Pipit: 14 (7SE,5S,2W)
Linnet: 16 SE (one party)
Song Thrush: 5 (2SW,1SE,3W)
Small Turdus: 2 SE (1,1,)
Pink Footed Goose: 15 NW over HRoof at 0904hrs
Others: Canada Goose: 16SE (directly overhead) at 0720hrs, Starling: 62 x roost to E (40,715) Chiffchaff (1) in hedgerows.
Wednesday 11th October 2017 - NO COUNTS TODAY - ADVERSE WEATHER
|Wed 11th Oct 2017 - 0100hrs|
|Wed 11th Oct 2017 1300hrs|
Tuesday 10th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 0930hrs
Wind South West 3-15mph, 12c, 80% Cloud at first down to 50%, 1009mb pressure. Conditions were very mild for most of the watch, but again very poor. Today hardly any Thrush movement and again the finches just were not interested, the ones that did go through seemed to be chasing one another in sallies and such!
Chaffinch: 88 (25W, 15S all others SE)
Goldfinch: 19 S/SE (8,4,7)
Redwing: 20 W (3,,5,5,7) 13 seen to come out of HRoof orientate and then W
Small Turdus: 7 W (2,1,1,3)
Large Turdus: 5W (probably Fieldfare)
Mistle Thrush: 1SW
Song Thrush: 2 W (1,1)
Meadow Pipit: 1S
Common Snipe: 2S
Pink Footed Goose: 20N over HRoof at 0912hrs
Others: Starling x roost 100
|Tuesday Oct 10th 2017 0100hrs|
|Tuesday Oct 10th 1300hrs|
Monday 9th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: SW 6-12mph, 11c, 100% Cloud dropping to 30%, 1018mb pressure. From first light low cloud giving poor visibility, you could not see the tops of Hutton Roof just shrouded in low cloud, this kept going for most of the morning, but in the main the worst cleared by about 0800hrs and at that point thought to be overnight Redwing lifted out of HR and circled to get orientation before either going SW or West. More birds followed throughout the morning and all but one went West. Passerines just trickles (poor).
Chaffinch: 106 mainly SE (22W, 2S)
Goldfinch: 39 SE (4,15,20)
Redwing: 177 mainly West (16SW,12W,16W,11W,15S,3W,42W, 7W,15W,5W,10W,10W,3W,12N.)
Blackbird: 1 SW
Small Turdus: 9 (all singles to the West)
Large Turdus: 1 West (thought to be Fieldfare)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SW
Starling: 50 all to West (15,20,15)
Meadow Pipit: 8 SE
Woodpigeon: 12 SW
Jay: 1 NW
Red Admiral: 3 S (1,1,1)
Others: Pintail 3W ?, Starling: 120 E x roost (30,10,30,50), Kestrel: 1 (local)
|Monday 9th Oct 2017 0100hrs|
|Monday 9th Oct 2017 1300hrs|
Sunday 8th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1000hrs
Wind: 3mph Westerley, 9c to 12c, Cloud cover at 75% dropping to 35%, 1018mb Yet again incredibly quiet for time of year. Just a small party of Redwing NW.
Chaffinch: 90 (24S, 16W all others SE)
Goldfinch: 45 SE (2,4,1,6,5,6,10,3,8)
Swallow: 12 SE (7,5)
Meadow Pipit: 1 SE
Song Thrush: 1 W
Redwing: 6 NW at 0812hrs
Small Turdus: 6 (1W, 1SE, 3W, 2SW)
Alba Wagtail: 1W
Pink Footed Goose: 16 (8 SW at 0930hrs, 8 SW at 0935hrs)
Woodpigeon: 20 SE (8,2,6,4)
Others: Starling: 31 E x roost. Kestrel: 1 local
|Sunday 8th Oct 2017 0100hrs|
|Sun 8th Oct 2017 1300hrs|
Saturday 7th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: West 20-25mph without relenting, at 0830hrs dropped to 10-15mph, 13c, 85% Cloud cover with odd small blue patches shining through. Pressure at 1014mb. Off and on Drizzle and light rain throughout. Again movement was just stuff trickling through which is still is on leaving. Lots of Jays around local. 4 medium sized waders W to E (Golden Plover?)
Chaffinch: 145 (80 SE, 33 W, 32S)
Meadow Pipit: 21 (1 and 20 blog party)
Goldfinch: 60 SE (5,10,7,5,9,10,5,5,4)
Alba Wagtail: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 30 S (One skein over Hutton Roof at 0850hrs)
Waders: 4 E (probably Golden Plover)
Others: Starling: 92 E x roost LM (50,12,20,10). Kestrel: 1 (local)
ALSO OUT OF AREA: Craig Bell has had reports of REDWINGS today over Ashworth Moor Res Nr. Rochdale today and also audible calls yesterday evening over Crawshawbooth.
Wind: NNW 5-6mph, 6c - very cold probably 3c, High pressure at 1025mb, Blue skies and sunny early. Lots of Song Thrush activity on my way up flitting hedgerows etc. Again the movement was dismal which expected with NNW. Even more Pink Feet on the move today. Occasional trickles of pairs of chaffs even on leaving
Chaffinch: 148 (16W 5S 127NE)
Goldfinch: 75 SE (4,7,1,4,15,6,4,30,4)
Linnet: 4 SE (1,2,1)
Reed Bunting: 1 SE
Meadow Pipit: 8 SE (1,,1,2,3,1)
Alba Wagtail: 6 SE (1,5)
Swallow: 1 S
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE (1,1)
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Small Turdus - Song Thrush/Redwing: 5 (3 W,1 SE, 1 SE)
Pink Footed Goose: 250 SE all extremely high 80 @ 0920hrs over Hutton Roof, 60 @ 0925hrs over Carnforth, 60 @ 0940hrs overhead at Burton, 50 at 1020hrs overhead at Burton.
Cormorant: 1 SE
Others: Jay 4 (1,2,1 SE), Sparrowhawk 1 in lane (local) Starling: 96 all E x roost LM (40,2,10,10,30,4), Woodpigeon 7SE
|Weather chart from 0000hrs on 6th October 2017|
|Weather chart from 1200hrs 6th Oct|
Thursday 5th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 1015hrs
Wind: NW 8mph-25mph, 7c increasing to 10c, 40% Cloud cover, 1013mb pressure. From 0900hrs Cloud decreased to blue skies and sunny. Movement just never got going, but just has I had thought "no chance whatsoever on North Westerlies" and it lived up to its name. But after saying that the ironical thing about it is that in another week to ten days I will be wishing for light North Westerlies to bring in the Thrushes and continental finches etc. Still more Pink Feet crossing over. Small movement with Jays.
Chaffinch: 135 (84SE, 31W, 20S)
Goldfinch: 31 SE (12,7,4,8)
Swallow: 4 S
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Blackbird: 1 SE (high)
Small Turdus - Song Thrush/Redwing: 5 (2SE,1W,2NW)
Redwing: Audible only (thought to be just a single)
Jay: 7 S (2,4,1)
Woodpigeon: 7 (5NW and 2 SE)
Pink Footed Goose: 175 S/SSE (6 skein) (20 @0730hrs, 9 @ 0756hrs, 24 @ 0825, 42 @ 0832hrs, 30 @ 0925hrs and 50 @ 0950hrs)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2 (1,1)
Others: Starling: 142 E (x roost LM) (100,25,6,6,)
|Weather chart at 1000hrs 5th October 2017|
Wednesday 4th October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0700hrs to 0915hrs
Wind: West 20-35mph, 11c, 100%cloud, 1018mb pressure. To-day was again very cold with strong Westerlies which were constantly gusting and at the time of leaving rain specking to light rain. Birds just did not want to know with just a minimal amount having a go. What was in interesting today was that some of the Chaffinch and Swallows went directly South which you never usually get here. Also small parties of Pink Feet from South East to North West (3 skeins - one mega high). Even the geese struggled at time with the winds.
Chaffinch: 50 (19SE, 7W, 9S)
Goldfinch: 40 SE (10,5,25)
Swallow: 3 S (1,2) the two were within a inch or two of the floor)
Mistle Thrush: 1NW
Small Turdus (Song Thrush/Redwing): 2S
Pink Footed Goose: 26 all NW (8 at 0735hrs, 3 at 0750hrs, 15 at 0840hrs (mega high)
Other: Starling: 70 E x roost probably LM.(50,20)
|Weather chart at 0100hrs today (Click over to enlarge)|
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: WNW 12-30mph although for most of the time it was 20 to 25 mph 9c, 70% Cloud, 1018mb pressure. Bitterly cold this morning and I personally would have thought perhaps 3c at best. Small birds struggled. First of all I did see odd birds flying at mega height and could just about make them out to be passerine (thought to be Chaffinch) but far to high to maintain looking at them through binoculars for any length of time, I did try for about 10 minutes and saw no more birds go through so just took it maybe it was a one-off situation and probably missing odd birds but not a "general thing". Yet other birds did trickle through at much lower altitudes and went past me like rockets at I guess at about 30-40mph and they seemed to have had little control on themselves it was not a question of compensation flight, I really don't think they stood a chance and once in the "flow" were just taken along until a dip in the wind came about and then they could correct themselves. The altitude of these birds was about 50-75ft. Still some were trying and making it and the Goldfinch were again frequent. Of special interest also this morning was the regular movement of Pink Footed Goose with 7 skeins which all came in from a North direction from behind Farleton and the early ones went straight down to the South, whilst the latter skeins (mega high) sort of crossed first to the West and then at somewhere around Levens would go directly South and across the Morecambe Bay. At 0945hrs the highlight of the morning had to be 5 Whooper Swans (very high crossing over from the North West and going out SE towards the Ingleborough direction.
Chaffinch: 95 (65 S/SE 30W) best: 1x5, 1x4. (from 0740hrs)
Goldfinch: 62 SE (2,17,6,16,5,5,11)
Alba Wagtail: 1 W
Swallow: 4 (2,2)
Song Thrush: 1 SE (0705hrs)
Small Turdus (Song Thrush/Redwing): 4 W (dropped into Hutton Roof)
Pink Footed Goose: 348 S/SW (1x18 - 0830hrs, 1x100 - 0848hrs, 1x80 - 0905hrs, 1x40 0928hrs, 1x40 - 0932rs, 1x30 - 1004hrs, 1x40 - 1015hrs).
Whooper Swan: 5 SE (one party) at 0945hrs
Cormorant: 1 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 3 S (incredible in this wind! and not much sunshine either)
Others: Raven: 2, Starling: 1 x roost LM,
Monday 2nd October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1000hrs
Wind: West 22-38mph, 12c, 99% Cloud alternating to 60%, 1004mb. Light rain throughout with off and on. Surprised to see birds attempting with all this adverse stuff, but they did persist and still are on leaving. Most of the birds heading South East were having to compensate flying because of the strong winds by flying side on and it was pitiful to watch at times, yet at the same time fascinating and incredible! It just goes to show when migration is set to go there is no holding back for some of the little beauties. A good amount of Goldfinch, several Swallows and just one Small Turdus this morning. No Blackbirds.Very very pleased I did decide to check it out this morning!
Chaffinch: 164 (129 SE,25W,10S).
Goldfinch: 59 SE (4,1,8,5,5,6,30)
Swallow: 9 SE (1,1,7)
Small Turdus: 1 SE
Others: Greylag Goose 1 SW (0820hrs), Kestrel (local)
Sunday 1st October 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1130hrs
Wind: SSE 7-17mph, 12c, 100% Cloud cover, low cloud at times and light rain on and off whilst impairing visibility on the margins. 1007mb pressure. Movement was nil at first with birds from about 0800hrs to about 0830hrs then nothing just slight trickles throughout the morning and still trickling through on leaving. Just a few Thrushes this morning. The Blackbirds on the hedgerows had cleared out and I was left with just a single XL size Blackbird male and a ordinary size female and that was it.
Chaffinch: 301 (295 SE and 6 W) best parties:1x15,2x13,1x12,1x11,1x10
Goldfinch: 93 SE (9,7,20,20,12,25)
Meadow Pipit: 39 SE (13,15,10,1)
Linnet: 1 SE
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE (2,2)
Swallow: 12 SE (3,5,4)
Blackbird: 1 SE and high
Small Turdus (Song Thrush/Redwing): 11 SE (1,5,,1,2,1,1)
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE (1,1,1)
Cormorant: 5 SE (1,4)
Saturday 30th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, (West flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1230hrs
Wind:South 9 mph freshening to 12 by about 1100hrs, 9c at start, 80% Cloud cover at start going to 60% by mid morning. 1013mb. Rain specking and light at times. Nothing much - umbrella for 5mins then clear. Again very slow movement for most of the watch, probably 1130hrs to 1200hrs was the busiest. A definite stir up with the thrushes, lots of Blackbirds fallen overnight, on all the hedgerows and local bushes. Also increased Redwing arrived in dribs and drabs.
Chaffinch: 576 (560SE and 16W) best parties: 1x30,1x17,1x15,1x14,2x9, odd 8s and 7s, lots of 5s and 4s and less.
Meadow Pipits: 66 SE (best parties: 1x20,1x18,2x5.
Goldfinch: 50 SE (7,121,5,6,1,7,5,8)
Linnet: 1 SE
Swallow: 6 SE (4,2)
Alba Wagtail: 5 SE (2,2,1)
Redwing: 8 SE (3,2,3) also
Redwing/Song Thrush: 16 all SE (1,5,2,3,1,3,1)
Blackbird: 4 (2W and 2SE) (2,1,1) also scores grounded
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE
C. Buzzard: 1 SE
Cormorant: 1 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 3 (all singles)
Others: Buzzard: 3, Kestrel: 1, Starling: 230 East presumed x roost LM
Friday 29th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West Flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 0745hrs, then family taxi and then 0900hrs to 1100hrs
Wind South 8- 12mph changing to South West, 100% Cloud which started breaking at 1000hrs, 1011mb pressure. Heavy Rain then Light Rain and clearing at 1030hrs. Strange watching birds go through in the rain, yet when the rain stopped the birds descreased. (Nowt as queer as birds!) Blackbird fall last night?
Chaffinch: 189 (12W all others SE) 1x10,1x9 several 7s 6s, mainly 3-5s
Meadow Pipits: 27 (best 1x9,1x6)
Goldfinch: 116 at first going South then later back to South East (7,6,12,16,9,4,20,6,20,16)
Song Thrush: 3 (1W and 2SE)
Blackbirds: 2 SE (also many on the hedgerows)
Alba Wagtail: 6 SE (3x2)
Swallow: 19 SE (12,4,3)
Starling: 12x roost LM
Thursday 28th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West Flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1130hrs.
Swallow: 2 SE
Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West Flank of Hutton Roof) 0645hrs to 1130hrs.
Wind ESE 15-25mph (average 20mph) for most of the watch, 12c at start 43% Cloud,1020mb pressure.
Just too much strengthening winds today, although a few did get through, but a far contrast to yesterday in regards to Meadow Pipits, Goldfinch still good numbers and rising. Red Admirals going through on first light sunshine and getting blow but managed to cut through with perseverance, wasp now moving through in large numbers and following the hedgerows to the South/South East.
Chaffinch: 279 SE (best parties: 2x8, several 6s,5s, mainly 2s,3s,4s)
Meadow Pipit: 37 all SE (best 4x5)
Goldfinch: 169 all SE (7,6,12,6,10,5,5,16,6,5,8,8,20,25,6,1,6,13)
Swallow: 5 SE (3,2)
House Martin: 2 SE
Alba Wagtail: 8 SE (2,4,2)
Mistle Thrush: 2 SE (1,1)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 7 (all singles)
Others: Starling: 23 E (all ex roost probably LM)
Tuesday 26th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West side base Base of Hutton Roof flightlines) 0645hrs to 1130hrs
Wind: East at first 5-6 then later freshening to 6-8 SE 11c, 30% Cloud, 1023mb pressure
Brilliant right from the word go at 0653 (first Mipits) but first bird (call only a Redwing at 0646). Without doubt a cracking first hour and more so with the Mipits than the Chaffs, but quieter after that first hour and then just steady trickle passage after 0900hrs for the rest of the morning but still Chaffinches at the rate of 50-75 per hour at time of leaving, and also Swallows picking up at time of leaving. Obviously Mipits must be within a day or two of their "peak". (probably tomorrow!!). Chaffinch and Goldfinch numbers down a bit per ratio.
Meadow Pipits (963 all SE) best parties: 1x37,1x35,1x27, 2x23,3x20, 2x18, 2x15,1x14, 7x13, 6x12,1x11,14x10, (735 Mipits from 0645hrs to 0800hrs)
Chaffinch: 477 all SE best parties: odd tens but most 7s and 5s.
Goldfinch: 92 all SE (7,7,8,3,6,7,10,6,3,6,10,12,6)
Linnet: 3 SE
Alba Wagtail: 17 all SE (1,1,4,1,4,5,1)
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Mistle Thrush: 1E
Song Thrush 1 SE
Redwing 1 (audible only)
Monday 25th September 2017 - Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (West side base Base of Hutton Roof flightlines) 0645hrs to 1100hrs
Wind: ESE 5-6mph, 12c, 100% Cloud throughout with vis down to 200 yards at best, 1020mb pressure and light rain throughout watch off and on. Trickles coming through all the time but some really good parties which without doubt is showing build - One party of 22 as late as 1000hrs makes everything worth while!! also first Redwing calls x2 and again good Goldfinch numbers
Chaffinch: 274 all SE (best parties: 22 at 1000hrs, 1x13,1x12,1x11,1x10,1x9,3x8, and several x6
Meadow Pipit: 21 (all SE best party 8 but mainly pairs or singles)
Linnet: 1 SE
Siskin: 1 (audible party only)
Goldfinch: 114 (all SE 15,15,1,10,6,10,8,12,12,25)
Alba Wagtail: 4 SE (2,1,1,)
Greenfinch: 2 SE
Redwing: 2 (1,1, audible only)
Swallow: 15 SE (4,7,4)
Starling: 2 NW
Jay 1 NW, Woodpigeon 3 SE, Canada Goose 2 E, Sparrowhawk x1, Kestrel x1, Starling: 134 (all E x roost LM)
Sunday 24th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0800hrs then over to Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal from 0815hrs to 1115hrs.
Wind: ESE 8-13mph and probably more on the ten plus, 9c, 42% Cloud cover 1017mb pressure.
On Hutton Roof today it was poor throughout with strongish winds and no birds so I quickly diverted over to Vicarage Lane which proved a wise decision!
Goldfinch first birds at 0704hrs: 15W (one party)
Chaffinch: 39 (13E all others W) 3s,2s and 1s.
Linnet: 5 S (one party)
Meadow Pipits: 35 all South/South East (best 1x5)
Alba Wagtail: 6 SE (4,2)
Starling: 35 all East (X Roost LM)
0815 to 1115hrs - Taylor's Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal.
Nice steady trickle of Chaffinch again using the ridge and maintaining a narrow corridor (50 yardish). Some of the birds were managing to cut the wind, others were getting blown back and arcing and getting through on the next attempt. Wind speed at least 10mph ESE but at about 1015hrs the birds seem to stop coming through other than the very occasional twos or threes and guess what? the wind had dropped down about 3 or 4 pegs but the birds had gone through on the toil, but stopped on the easy passage! Now back home and noticed they are going through again (or at least the ones which would go past my window).
Chaffinch: 444 (all going South East other than up to 5 which went W) best parties: (1x12,1x10, 3x9,2x8,5x7 lots of 5s. All larger parties were prior to about 0930hrs after that it was mainly 2s,3s,4s)
Meadow Pipits: 5 S/SE (all singles)
Goldfinch: 105 all SE (6,5,15,1,5,10,8,10,20,1,5,5,14)
Linnet: 22 all SE (2,7,3,7,3)
Alba Wagtail: 3 (all singles SE
Swallow: 12 SE (6,1,5)
Jay: 3 all NW (1,1,1)
Starling: 1 E (presumed x roost at LM)
also: Sparrowhawk: 1 and Kestrel: 1
Red Admiral Butterfly 4 South (1,1,1,1)
Saturday 23rd September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0830hrs then Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0900hrs to 1200hrs
Wind: SSE 7-16mph, 12c, 81% Cloud, 1018mb pressure.
Very quiet especially first thing, it never really got going in the early morning just a little burst as usual and then almost completely dropped by 0730hrs and continued this way. Mipits quite low, hard milky sky - difficult to locate.
Meadow Pipit: 103 all South (best parties: 1x8,2x61x5)
Chaffinch: 38 (15 W all others East) best party 1x6
Goldfinch: 9 S/SE (3,6)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Mistle Thrush: 2 S
Raven: 1 S
Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal. 0900hrs to 1200hrs
Again very quiet (or so I thought) and then discovered after one hours watching, that the birds were coming through in trickles but where using a cutting to gain height and had been using a very narrow corridor and once I did manage to latch on it was all systems go (well what I should say is that birds were coming over steady numbers. When I did pack up watching at 1200hrs I did check the lower regions and I am suspicious that the birds where all sort of "tree hopping" and once I got on to them they just at that point were leaving cover to hit the strong winds with some of them seem to have no bother, but lots of them were being blown and arcing around to take it again, some went back for further cover. Goldfinch numbers building better every year!
Chaffinch: 344 all South East (best parties: 1@13,1@11,1@10 1@8, several 7s)
Meadow Pipit: 5 SE (1,3,1)
Redpoll: 2 SE
Goldfinch: 95 all SE (8,4,8,6,4,14,10,9,15,7,10)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Swallow: 26 SE (9,6,2,2,6)
Mistle Thrush: 3 SE
Song Thrush: 1 SE
Woodpigeon 2 E
Goosander: 8 SE (4,3,1)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 9 (all singles)
Others Buzzard: 1, Raven 1
Friday 22nd September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates,
Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 1045hrs
Wind: South East 8-13mph, 7c, 23% Cloud cover, 1018mb pressure.
Excellent morning with plenty of birds and steady trickling of Mipits right up to leaving and will probably go on for most of the day. Mipits at times being blown back, all birds flying at mid height. Alba's crossing over Hutton Roof are in 95% of cases going SE and not only that they keep within a tight corridor of about 30 yards wide - ALWAYS!!
Meadow Pipits 399 all South (best parties: 20 2x11,2x9, several at 5s,6s.)
Chaffinch: 108 (53E all others W) best parties: 3x5s)
Alba Wagtail: 13 all SE (1x4,1x2 all others singles)
Goldfinch: 43 S/SW (20,5,12,6)
Swallow: 3 SW (2,1)
Greenfinch: 1 S
Grey Wagtail: 2W
Skylark: 10 (7S,3W)
Mistle Thrush: 2E (1,1)
Snipe: 1 (audible only)
Woodpigeon: 7 S (4,3)
Starling: 76 in small parties all E (presumed x roost at LM)
Kestrel: 3 (presumed local)
Wednesday 20th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates,
Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0900hrs
Wind: South/South West 1-5 mph variable, 11c - far warmer this morning, 100% Cloud (some low) 1015mb. Occasional rain specks
Another one of those super quiet mornings with little on the move. You know it's going to be bad if the Chaffinch are not making a effort. Although I did for a minute or two think it was going to be good with having a party of 28 Meadow Pipits coming through together, but I now think they were probably a ex roost or blogging party from just a little further North of us. In other words excitement short lived!!. Also another lovely moment was when a Chiffchaff landed in the small trees at the side of the watchpoint and was constantly call with its "hou whit" contact call, and then would break out in the full Chiffchaff song but only in a minimal of volume. The few Mipits that came through were direct flightpath with some high but all seemed to be ambling along as though you were watching them move through in slow motion. Still a good morning. First birds 0710hrs
Large plume (hundred or more) of gnats above us, which would fluctuate between about 8ft and 30ft high and would occasionally descend with lightening speed before they arose yet again. They were not the regular very small gnat (otherwise called midges) but more the larger size of "Black Gnats". Neither where they interested in biting like normal midges do!
Chaffinch: 25 (15W 10E)
Meadow Pipit: 73 all S/SE (best party 28, 2x5,2x4)
Goldfinch: 22 S (8,5,9)
Linnet: 12 S (3,9)
Swallow: 1 S
Starlings: 2W all others 46 E (E birds thought to be x Leighton Moss roost)
Pink Footed Goose: 19 from Carnforth direction of the bay to NE (one skein at 0750hrs)
Jay: 1 S
Chiffchaff: 1 (grounded) dropped in at 0730hrs - full song
Others: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk
Tuesday 19th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0830hrs then a walk over Holme Park Fell for "fern" studies
Wind ENE 1-5 mph, 5c, 69% Cloud, 1020mb then brightened up with blue skies and then back to mixed cloudy and blue skies, warm on leaving. Very quiet yet again. Highlights were Tree Pipit (audible only), Whinchat and Wheatear.
Chaffinch: 37 (8 E others W)
Meadow Pipit: 67 S/SE (best 8,6,3x4s)
Alba Wagtail: 3 all SE
Goldfinch: 27 S/SE (6,10,6,5)
Linnet: 10 S (3,7)
Greenfinch: 1 S
Swallow: 11 (1E 10SW) (1,3,1,3,3.)
House Martin: 9 W (5,4)
Mistle Thrush: 8 SW (3,5)
Woodpigeon: 12 (5SE,7W)
Stock Dove: 4 E
Holme Park Fell (0830hrs to 1100hrs)
Meadow Pipit: 6 SE
Skylark: 3 (grounded)
Swallow: 20 (2SE,4 S,1S 13E)
Whinchat: 1 (grounded)
Wheatear: 1 (grounded)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1 S
Bullfinch 3 (grounded in Holme Stinted Pastures)
Tree Pipit: 1 (audible only)
Kestrel x 1
Monday 18th September 2017 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs to 0745hrs and later Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 0930hrs. Winds North 6-7mph, 7c, 78% Cloud, 1019mb pressure
Really quiet today with very little moving, probably because of the pressure with the winds moving complete around and eventually to take on Southerly directions ready for tomorrow. A couple of unrecognizables eg: Small Duck (Wigeon size), and possible Egrets.
Chaffinch: 19 (Mainly to the West, some to the East)
Meadow Pipit: 2 SE
Starlings: 119 all E (one party 100 stretching wide) Obviously ex roost which seems to be growing in numbers.
Swallow: 15 SE (one party)
Mistle Thrush: 2 to NW
Goldfinch: 8 S/SE (5,3)
Grey Lag Goose: 7 (2W at 0648 and 5SW at 0735)
Small Duck: 4 SE (larger than Teal maybe early Wigeon?)
Egrets? from a long way 3 very high to the SE at 0705 (brilliant white)
also Kestrel x 2
Top of Clawthorpe Road, Nr. Whinn Yeates 0900hrs to 0930hrs
Meadow Pipit: 20 mainly SE (in 7,4,3,2,2,1,1)
Goldfinch: 38 S/SE (8,20,10)
Chaffinch: 10 (1E all others W)
Mistle Thrush: 1 S
Song Thrush: 6 SW (thought to be early continentals)
Swallow: 2 W
Sunday 17th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Road (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0645hrs to 0845hrs then Mike Taylors Fields, Vicarage Lane Burton 0900hrs to 0930hrs
Wind: N 7-12 mph, 10% Cloud, 7c, 1016 pressure. Very cold throughout - never really got going, what birds did come through more or less dried up from 0800hrs.
Was winds from the North/North West at about 7mph, Cloudy at first but became sunny from 0900hrs.
Friday 15th September 2017 - Top of Clawthorpe Road (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof
Thursday 14th September 2017 - Holme Park Fell, (Hutton Roof Complex) 0900hrs to 1100hrs
It was fine with light winds. I was mobile all the time so not able to concentrate on flight lines, but did manage to get a snapshot and it was obvious that Migration has now started with plenty of movement from Mipits, Hirundines and Geese. On my way up to the far side of the fell I had two separate pairs of Wheatear, A family group of four Stonechats, I could hear Skylark going overhead to the South (unseen), also had two parties of Goldfinch crossing to the South (1 at 40, 1 at 12), At least 25 Meadow Pipits S to SE in 5,4,3s and mainly singles or pairs, Also had a party of 3 Linnet to the SE, 9 Swallows to the SE (2,1,1,1,4) also 1 Cormorant out to East then return to West. The first Pink Footed Geese came over this morning with a party of 20S at 0940hrs followed by another party of 30 to the SW at 0950hrs, both parties where really high and would have been missed but for the calling birds. Wish I could have spent more time. brilliant stuff!
Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Holme Park Fell, (Hutton Roof Complex) 0800hrs to 1200hrs
On my way going through the Holme Stinted Pastures I could hear a couple of Willow Warblers along with lots of other mixed calls from several others of the commoner species. My highlight came shortly after ascending up on the Fell with three Whinchat posing on the uppermost branch of one of the sparse larger trees that you find on the fell. The wind was quite strong as well and not the best day for passing birds, although I did have the odd Swallows and Meadow Pipits willing to brave it with their exit South. I did also look for Pink Footed Geese because I usually get them around this date but none today were recorded.