Sunday, 21 September 2014

Visible Bird Migration - Autumn 2014 (Daily reports starting from 11th September 2014)

This is one of my NEW watchpoints at Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
The background wooded area are the western flank of Hutton Roof,
and 75% of the moving Chaffinches will have come across this area in a left to right of the photo.
You will notice two of a "vismiggers"main tools eg: The Chair and The Brolley.
The binos are obviously the No.1 tool and the brolley is No.2 because besides stopping the rain,
but just as important it also acts as a sunblock because you are constantly looking into the East direction.
 It also can be a windblock at times. "What do you think folk would say if they saw a vismigger,
sat down in the middle of nowhere, with brolley up in the sunshine" (Please click over photo to enlarge)

Sunday October 19th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Track Vic Lane to Dalton Offices) from 0730hrs to 1100hrs. Wind: South West 30-40mph, 12c, 80% Cloud, 15400m vis, 1003mb pressure.

All passerine movements to the South unless stated otherwise.  All Redwings West.  Incredible that small birds could actually move in these strong winds, being blow back for most of the time. (Flight Study notes below). Extremely good Chaffinch numbers yet again and missed a few using another "depletion line"

Chaffinch: 850 S
Goldfinch: 15 (one party),
Redpoll: 3 (one party)
Greenfinch: 10 (best 2x3)
Alba Wagtail: 9
Song Thrush: 3 (1,1,1)
Blackbird: 1
Redwing: 81W (best party 60)

Wind: South West - 30mph (Gust 40mph) 
12c temp at 0730hrs  -  80% Cloud cover, 15400m Cloud,
1003mb pressure.  (19th October 2014)

The wind was very strong today and the movement started late (eg 0800hrs), 30mph South Westerlies created a heavy block for the birds and they were continually being blown back and although some did get through most of the others had to arc round and find a lesser passage route.

Odd birds did try to go through high, but most of them were brought to the ground and you had to keep your eyes on the hedges and horizon where you would occasionally see birds hopping over the hedges.  Some birds where being missed by going down in a depletion line which goes somewhere down by Russell Farm.

The corridor was producing plenty of birds again and I would say that the area I chose for observation was probably the best for the conditions. 

Observations from: Track off Vicarage Lane  
Movement: South
850 Chaffs


Saturday October 18th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Track Vic Lane to Dalton Offices) from 0730hrs to 1130hrs.  Wind: South 15-33mph, 15c, 98% Cloud cover, 5700m vis, 1000mb pressure.

All passerine movement to the South unless stated otherwise.  All Redwings either W or SW.  Good Alba numbers today mainly in singles but also the odd quartet. Chaffinch still going through strong on leaving watch at 1130hrs. (Flight Study notes below)

Chaffinch: 1022 S
Redpoll: 4 (one party)
Greenfinch: 1
Goldfinch: 20 (one party)
Linnet: 2
Alba Wagtail: 27
Redwing: 153 all W or SW (best party: 20)
Blackbird: 3
Starling: 5
Pink Footed Goose: 9SE One skein
Goosander: 1
Woodpigeon: 133


Wind: South  - 15-25 mph 
15c temp at 0700hrs  -  98% Cloud cover, 5700m Cloud,
1000mb pressure.  (18th October 2014)

The wind today was excellent for passage of passerine, especially Chaffinch. Most of the birds travelling the length of the Western flank of the Hutton Roof Ridge seemed to face a block which then diverted them across the field in a South West directly in front of me, as if using the hillside flank and then would go over the summit of the flank to a South and over the Dalton Hall Estate.

Its now being clearer that during medium to strong South (or to a lesser South East) winds, this sort of behaviour seems to be regular having produced the best numbers of birds (Chaffinch) historically on passage so far. Eg today over 1000 birds (7.30 to 1130hrs = 240mins with a hourly ratio of 255 birds), in similar winds prior to today the counts have been 1300 and 1350 (approx 7.30 to 1500hrs=360mins on either day with hourly ratios of both 193 and 194 birds).  Obviously I can only use immediate date comparisons when the passage of birds will be at their strongest (example: usually from the start of the second week in October to the end of the second week in November).  From today's figures it clearly shows that there is now a even greater number of birds passing through than there was 7-10 days ago when the other counts where made.

With just the occasional bird at high altitude (100ft+), I would say that the majority were within the 50 to 75ft range.

Alba Wagtails showed good numbers today, mainly in singles, but on one occasion I had a quartet of birds.  I am sure we are missing lots of Linnets within this passage.  You know what they say if a tight finch party (not as tight as Goldfinch) go through and they are silent to the ear, then there’s a good chance of them being Linnets than any other finch!!

A very small number (153) of Redwing where passing through and appeared as if they could possibly have been leaving their roost on Hutton Roof (but this cannot be confirmed but most likely) and all went through on a West or South West routing. 


Friday October 17th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Track Vic Lane to Dalton Offices) from 0730hrs to 1115hrs.  South 6mph, 11c, 75% Cloud cover, 12900m vis, 1003mb pressure.

All movement passerine South unless stated otherwise.  Movement Thrushes mainly to the West, some South and some NW. More Linnets and good again with Goldfinch. (More flight study notes below)

Chaffinch: 571
Goldfinch: 56 (1,5,30,20)
Linnet: 14 (10,4)
Skylark: 4 (1,1,2)
Reed Bunting: 1
Alba Wagtail: 2
Redwing: 633 (443W, 90SW,10SE,70S,20NW) (best: 1x100,3x50,5x40,6x30,10x20)
Fieldfare: 25W (15,10)
Mistle Thrush: 1
Jay: 2
Woodpigeon: 42

Wind: South  - 8 to 5 mph 
11c temp at 0700hrs, -  75% Cloud cover, 12900m visibility,
1003mb pressure.  (17th October 2014)

Dry throughout, for most of the time blue skies and very bright.

(Passerine – mainly Chaffinch heading to the South) Birds definitely had a “slight” bias more to the West side with most of the birds travelling through the centre of the front, over the fields in front of me and also to the right side, although still some where seen to be crossing over Hutton Roof flanks and where picked up at times with binoculars. Just odd birds flying extremely high (200ft+) but most of the birds were at about 50 to 100ft.

Odd parties of 5 or more (Chaffinch), but the majority coming through in pairs or trios. A little blow back at times to create arcing and re-alignment with their passage.

(Turdus – mainly Redwing with majority (75%) to the West with odd birds also to NE/S/SE/SW).  Again the birds where more leisurely than you would expect. Just ad hoc parties very occasionally, no regular “continual lines” mode.  Most stuff in the first hour which could well have been overnight roosting parties from further back. Party sizes ranging from 10 to 100 but most averaging 20/40s.

The flightline for all birds today was considered best viewed from the Track from Vic Lane to Dalton Business Offices (SD5390776792) 


Thursday October 16th 2014
Visible Bird/Bat Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Russell Farm, Dalton from 0730hrs to 1230hrs)
All movement passerine S/SE unless stated otherwise. All movement with Thrushes SW/W/NW Wind: East 7mph, 8c temp, 64% Cloud cover, 12300m vis, 999mb pressure. The wind decreased even further as the morning progressed. Good counts of Redwing again but they never really got in the mood with continuity just occasional ad hoc parties. (Flight study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 563
Linnet: 7 (4,111)
Goldfinch: 46 (20,20,6)
Redpoll: 4 (1,1,1,1)
Meadow Pipit: 3
Alba Wagtail: 2
Skylark: 10 (7,2,1)
Redwing: 1397 (1000SW,397 W/NW) (best parties: 2x100,2x80,4x60,3x50,6x30,13x20)
Fieldfare: 10 SE
Mistle Thrush: 8 (4,1,1,2)
Blackbird: 7 (4,3)
Starling: 12 continentals and 150 leaving Leighton Moss Roost.
Woodpigeon: 78 (15W)

Red Admiral Butterfly: 1
Bat (probably Noctule): 1

Wind: East 7 down to 3 mph 
7c temp at 0700hrs -  64% Cloud cover, 12300m vis,
999mb pressure.  (16th October 2014) 

All passerine movement was either South or South East.  Goldfinch usually keep to a South routing (little ever deters them).  Lots of Chaffinch where seen going over the full flanks of the west side to Hutton Roof and some even further back as though on the Common itself heading in the main to a SE direction,and it was necessary to check occasionally with the aide of binoculars.

Redwing and Fieldfare passage was in the main to a South West (75%) although there was also another line which went to North West (25%)

No continuity passage took place today with the thrushes it was mainly on a ad hoc irregular basis.  Lots of birds where again seen to be collecting on Hutton Roof with in off in off bouts. Some birds where seen to plummet from height into Hutton Roof.  Some parties had that leisurely flight appearance. 


Wednesday October 15th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Russell Farm, Dalton from 0730hrs to 1130hrs)
All movement SE unless stated otherwise.  Wind East 10 to 15mph and increasing to 20/25 by 1000hrs, 8c, 47% Cloud cover, 15300m vis, 1007mb pressure. Chaffinch going well but very fragmented broad line coming over as far as you could see from both directions width. Redwing again difficult.  I did manage to find lots on a line, but as the morning went on they started to drop into Hutton Roof, and were continually seen leaving and going back repeatedly and so I had to stop counting them at times until things settled down.  No continual regularity about passage. Nice to have first Siskin of the year. Also good Woodpigeon coming across the West side. (More Flight Direction Study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 449 SE
Siskin: 4 (one party)
Linnet: 5 (3,1,1)
Goldfinch: 10 (one party)
Redpoll: 6NW (one party)
Greenfinch: 1
Reed Bunting: 3 (one party)
Redwing: 1422 (41 parties: best: 140, 2x80, 1x60, 5x50, 15x30, 9x20, 8x10) Mainly SE but 100NW, 370NE.
Fieldfare: 137 (80,30,20,7) one party 30NE all others SE
Blackbird: 4 W (one party)
Mistle Thrush: 2SE
Skylark: 6 (2,2,2)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Woodpigeon: 146 (best party: 2x30,2x20,3x10)
Starling: 47W (best 20)

1700hrs - A quick walk around Burton In Kendal

Redwings could be seen getting restless on the west side wooded flank of Hutton Roof and also one party of 20 seen going South. Chaffinch still on the move even at this time had over a score in the hour. Also forgot to record that when I was doing the walk yesterday evening had over 50+ Tree Sparrows in the hedgerows, tonight that number was reduced to about 15 which is the regular size of the local breeding population.

Wind: NE  - 10-24mph   
Wind freshening by 1000hrs to 15-24mph, 8c temp at 0700hrs -  47% Cloud cover, 15300m vis, 1007mb pressure.  (15th October 2014)
Watchpoint: Russell Farm, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.

The strong gusty North East Winds made it very difficult for the birds and forced most of the birds (Chaffinch and small passerine) to head in a South East general direction (75%).  Also the line was much more fragmented with smaller pairs or parties involved.

The Chaffinch and others used their full broad front from as far as the eye could see on both directions.  But it was also clearly noticed today that more birds than usual where passing directly over the higher west side flank of Hutton Roof and could only be seen with binoculars, so probably lots of birds will have been missed.  The wind again today was causing much blow back and arcing with the birds.

Today the Redwing and Fieldfare made their introductions with lots of parties seen both going NW but the main parties heading to the SE.  No true continual regular passage was noted it was very ad hoc and if anything leisurely with birds constantly dropping into Hutton Roof and then would occasionally alight and circle round and go back into Hutton Roof again.  There seemed to lack that determined “go for it”.

Making 75% of the birds take on a SE routing rather than a South route. Probably Majors Nursery might have been a better proposition as “watchpoint” today 


Tuesday October 14th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Russell Farm, Dalton from 0730hrs to 1130hrs)
All movement SE unless stated otherwise.  Wind NE 15-36mph 8c, 80% Cloud cover, 15100m vis, 1009mb pressure.  Chaffinch going through steady but the line was far fragmented and lots missed.  Start of Redwing passage today.  (Flight path Study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 411
Redwing: 247 (20 small parties best: 30,25,4x20) directions 2 parties West all others South East to East
Fieldfare: 1SE
Starling: 5
Meadow Pipit: 2
Linnet: 1
Alba Wagtail: 3
Common Snipe: 4S


Wind: NE  - 16 to 30mph 
8c temp at 0700hrs -  80% Cloud cover
1009mb pressure.  (14th October 2014)

Another hard work day and fragmenting the corridor to a broad front all along the Southern routings.

There felt a slight bias again to a more East side if anything and quite a few birds were seen to be crossing over Hutton Roof itself.  So I quickly crossed over to the “Majors Nursery” watchpoint and spent at least 30 minutes on this line.  But they certainly were not going over there in any numbers, just the odd couple of parties.  Although whilst there I did have 3x20 average Redwing parties crossing through to the East.  It looked very much like they had come from a Warton Crag direction.

I decided after 30mins to return quickly to the Vic Lane/Dalton watchpoint where I continued to count until 1200hrs.

Some Redwing parties where witnessed crossing through the west flank of Hutton Roof as though going out to the South East.  Also a couple of Redwing parties seem to come off Hutton Roof in a SE to NW direction. 


Monday October 13th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Russell Farm, Dalton from 0730hrs to 1030hrs
All movement SE unless stated otherwise.  Wind: NE 13-30mph 7c, 68% to 90% Cloud cover. 18500m vis, 1009mb pressure. (Flight path Study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 458
Meadow Pipit: 3
Goldfinch: 53 (15,15,7,7,5,4)
Greenfinch: 1
Skylark: 44 (20,15,2,3,1,4)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Starling: 3
Woodpigeon: 59
Jay: 1
Pink Footed Goose: 20NW (looked as though Silverdale) 30 E (looked as though Caton)

Redwing: 4,000 entered UK via Sunk Island (E. Yorks) also several large parties this morning over Oxenhope, Bradford.


Wind: NE  - 13-20mph 
7c temp at 0700hrs -  68% Cloud cover
1009mb pressure.  (13th October 2014)

The strong gusty North East Winds made it very difficult for the birds and forced most of the birds to head in a South East general direction (75%).  Also the line was much more fragmented with smaller pairs or parties involved.

Around 10% of the birds seem to come in directly from the west/north west as though from Arnside Knott and the Warton Crag areas. Although there is no way of being sure about whether this was a true directional move, for now I would have thought that perhaps these birds where a result of being blown back further down the flight line and arcing around to correct their true desired course.  Lots of blow back and arcing and birds flying side on to the winds was witnessed today.  
Making 75% of the birds take on a SE routing rather than a South route.


Sunday October 12th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria (Russell Farm) from 0730hrs to 1000hrs. All movement South unless specified.  The morning starting with a thick mist to all the low valley areas, leaving the higher areas clear, but this changed within about 30 mins and the mist then spread to the higher points, but quickly receded back into the low areas where it has remained to a lesser degree.  Also the Wind which was 5mph SSW decreased rapidly to 1mph.  All in all the birds just did not want to know and did not get going, other than some trickles which to be honest looked as though they were not that interested and behaved quite casual chasing one another and landing in trees and all that sort of thing! (Further Flight line Study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 157 (best parties 6,5,4s)
Meadow Pipit: 4
Reed Bunting: 1
Redpoll: 1
Linnet: 4
Mistle Thrush: 19 (best 8,6)
Song Thrush: 1W
Small Turdus sp: 6 (4,2)
Starling: 1
Jay 1W
Woodpigeon: 56


Wind: SSW  -  5mph to 1mph 
6c temp at 0700hrs -  15% Cloud cover, bright and sunny
1012mb pressure.  (12th October 2014) 

Checked out Russell Farm watchpoint (on the hillside to the SW of the farm) which is right under the flightpath they were using yesterday. Sadly no movement got going, although I am convinced that this will be the place to check out over the next few days.

The morning started with a thick mist to the lower levels to all areas, and you could see clearly above this mist from the watchpoint but within about half an hour the mist started lifting to higher levels and came close to the area of the watchpoint but again receded fairly quickly back to the lower levels where it has remained all morning.  Also on top of this the wind had changed around to a SSW at 5mph which quickly reduced to 1mph.  All in all the birds did not seem to happy with the situation.  Even the dribbles going through were casual and constantly chasing one another and landing in trees etc.                                                 


Saturday October 11th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria from 0730hrs to 1030hrs (total - 3 hours)
All movement South unless specified.  A drop back with wind to East/South East 6mph at times and decreasing.  Movement very strong at first but totally petered out by about 0915hrs. The birds kept to a similar direction line as the last couple of days (to South), but had moved further over to the East eg: following the Hutton Roof Ridge (West Side) but coming directly over Bell Cottage near Russell Farm. By the time I had walked over to the watch point behind Russell Farm the movement had just about stopped! sods law.  Can only put the sudden stop down to the brightness and getting warm and the reduction in wind to calm. (Further Study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 560 (best parties: 1x25, 2x23, 3x14, 15x10)
Goldfinch: 20 (one party)
Meadow Pipit: 13
Greenfinch: 2
Linnet: 2
Redpoll: 2
Skylark: 5
Alba Wagtail: 2
Woodpigeon: 36
Mistle Thrush: 27 (Best parties: 7,6,6)
Song Thrush: 2
Starling: 12
Kestrel: 1
Red Admiral B. 2


Wind: East/South East 5 mph 
8c temp at 0700hrs -  50% Cloud cover, 15500m vis,
1008mb pressure.  (11th October 2014)

With little wind it soon became clear that birds were moving thick and tight from first light at 0730hrs.
And they had gone further back with their South routing flightline, by going over Bell Cottage and Russell Farm.  

Moved over to get under the flight line by 0900hrs, and then everything seem to stop, like someone turning a tap off.

The last two days when things have been hard work for the birds they have gone through all day without problem.  Yet give them a day when the winds where very light and for some reason they did not want to know after 0900hrs.


Friday October 10th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria from 0800hrs to 1115hrs and again from 1215hrs to 1500hrs. (total = 6hrs)

All movement South unless specified.  Wind again very strong today at South 15 to 20 mph.  Another great Chaffinch movement, though far more fragmented with smaller groups than yesterday. Again like yesterday the birds followed the same line as yesterday.  Heavy rain at first then clear and bright for most of the count. (Further Study Notes below)

Chaffinch: 1351 (getting to like these 1300+ counts!!) Best parties: 1x21, 2x20, 7x15, 11x10. (916 birds 0800hrs to 1115hrs and 435 birds 1215hrs to 1500hrs.  More birds per ratio in morning.
Goldfinch: 58 (11,20,14,13)
Greenfinch: 2
Redpoll: 4
Alba Wagtail: 2
Meadow Pipit: 5
Swallow: 9 (4,5)
Skylark: 18 (best: 10)
Woodpigeon: 34
Cormorant: 4NW
Common Snipe: 1
Reed Bunting: 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1W
Small Turdus sp: 6 (3,3)
Mistle Thrush: 3
Pink Footed Goose: 11 SE
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2

Wind: South  - 18 mph 

8c temp at 0700hrs and 13c by 1300 -  62% Cloud cover
1003 to 1005mb pressure.  (10th October 2014)

Much the sameness was happening today as yesterday in that birds were coming off the Hutton Roof ridge and then crossing again by the trees and following the “lower flank line” through Mike Taylors field’s and then gaining height whilst going along the flank to head over to what looks like Dalton Business Centre or the East side grounds of Dalton Hall and onward to a South direction.

It was noticed that the Southerly wind today must have been more obstructive for the birds, because although they carried on using the same routing as yesterday, the “blow back” and arcing was far more regular and obvious than it was in yesterdays SSE.

The day started with a heavy downpour rain shower first thing, then intermediate bright sky throughout the rest of the day and it was warm for prolonged periods.  The early afternoon started to become more cloudy with at times a threat of rain.

The birds dropped in quantities from about noon, but still kept coming through in lesser quantities until about 1500hrs, just “ambling or sauntering” through at a steady pace, mainly pairs and trios, but occasionally 8s and more parties.

Still slight movement going on as I left. 

It is a situation whereby anyone could be forgiven for thinking that nothing was going on today, especially this afternoon. Because outside of that very flight line itself the sky looked almost barren of passerine activity!

Thursday October 9th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria. from 0800hrs to 1130hrs and again from 1200hrs to 1445hrs. (total = 6hrs 15mins)

All movement South unless specified.  Wind very strong today at SSE 15mph increasing to 25 mph.  Best Chaffinch movement yet. I would have had lots more but did'nt get on the line until 1000hrs and then had to finish for 30 mins at lunch and finish early at 1445 because of heavy rain.  Birds going through during heavy rain periods at times. Birds still dribbling through on leaving. (Further study notes below)

Chaffinch: 1310 (best parties: 1x34,1x31,2x30,1x22.1x21.5x20,1x18,5x16,3x15,2x14,4x13,4x12,9x10.
(695 birds 0800hrs to 1130hrs and 615 birds 1200hrs to 1445hrs) More birds per ratio in afternoon.
Meadow Pipit: 7
Goldfinch: 57 (best parties: 30,14)
Alba Wagtail: 13
Skylark: 21 (1,3,17)
Greenfinch: 6
Linnet: 6
Swallow: 20 (7,7,4,1,2)
Song Thrush: 4
Mistle Thrush: 2
Woodpigeon: 68
Pink Footed Goose: 14 (plus missed a party as well)

Lots of Dunnocks in hedgerows and also heard a Goldcrest.


Wind: SSE  - 12-25mph (primarily 18-20mph)
8c temp at 0700hrs -  88% Cloud cover
988mb pressure.  (9th October 2014)

Quickly noticed that birds were deviating from their norm and instead of following the Hutton Roof Ridge (to SSE/SE with a general route which heads over to Majors Nursery area, they started to cross over to their right hand side (at roughly the point where the large trees stand which lie more or less in line with the rising incline of Vicarage Lane)  and here they started going by the furthest larger trees to the right of Vicarage Lane and crossing below and into the right hand side flank of the sloping field, obviously to be able to try and get shelter from the strong SSE head winds (steadily increasing in strength to a regular 20 and 25mph ) and also to eventually give them plenty of lift to then carry on S and over the top of the hill to cross somewhere over the Dalton Business Centre and Dalton Hall Estate generally.  I quickly changed over from my regular watch point (at approx 1000hrs) when I realised what was happening and took up a new watchpoint on the farm track which is in the dip and crosses South to the South off Vicarage Lane (ironically its only about 100 yards away from my regular watchpoint as the Chaffinch flies).  Here was the vantage point to witness what was going on because of the funnelling of the birds, and it paid off by having 1300 plus Chaffinch over 6 hours. In hindsight it is now quite obvious this same flight line must have been going on yesterday as well, because that’s why the birds where going undetected everywhere else. 

Also worthy of note, that especially from 1300 hrs it was abhorrent weather with continual heavy rain showers just giving 5 minute breaks every now and then, but the birds kept coming and at times actually carried on whilst the heavy rains persisted.


Without doubt this flight line must now be primarily considered with all future strong Easterly blocking winds. 


Wednesday October 8th 2014
Majors Nursery - Dalton Hall Estate - Burton In Kendal from 0715hrs to 0900hrs
then Burton In Kendal - Off Vicarage Lane from 0915hrs to 1100hrs.  All movement South to South East unless specified. Wind: very strong today at SE 15-20mph and not letting up.  Resulting from yesterday when I know I was missing hundreds of finches and pipits, I have decided to give a try out to a new vismig site for me, which is called Majors Nursery on the Dalton Hall Estate.  This area is without doubt a superb vista and I am sure will prove to be a winner when the conditions are calm and allowing birds to get higher (eg: Winds 0-6mph) and preferably cold conditions (like yesterday). It should in theory pick up most of the Burton and Hutton Roof birds and take on three separate flight lines.  All though I will try and give it a go in all conditions to get some sort of assessment.  But today was not the day, simply because the birds were taking on a westerley side bias whilst on their south south East. and although they maintained that direction it kept the birds really low down and most out of view.

Chaffinch: 227 (25W) (1x9,1x8,1x7) no big parties.
Meadow Pipit: 29 (1x6,1x5)
Goldfinch: 40 (best: 12,2x10,5)
Skylark: 19 (best: 12)
Linnet: 2
Redpoll: 1
Reed Bunting: 1
Alba Wagtail: 7 (all singles)
Grey Wagtail: 1
Starling: 3
Mistle Thrush: 3
Song Thrush: 1
Pink Footed Goose: 33 (17,8,8) all from Majors.
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1
Woodpigeon 12W
Jay: 4 (3NW and 1S)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2 (1,1)


Tuesday October 7th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0715hrs to 1030hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: SW 6-8mph, 4c, 55%, 17200m vis, 992mb pressure. Another good day especially with the Chaffinch, but noticed today that very few where taking their normal routing but instead going further back as though they were along the top of Hutton Roof and as such must have missed hundreds.  Everytime I looked over that way there were large parties crossing.

Chaffinch: 382 (53W) (best parties: 16,12,10)
Meadow Pipit: 98 (best parties: 20,13,12,10)
Goldfinch: 14 (6,8)
Greenfinch: 8
Siskin: 1
Redpoll: 1
Alba Wagtail: 14
Swallow: 19 (8,9,2)
Skylark: 15 (9,6)
Reed Bunting: 1
Woodpigeon 58
small Turdus species: 17 (all singles, pairs etc)
Mistle Thrush: 3
Blackbird 2W
Starling: 10W (presumed continentals!)
Jay 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1
Kestrel: 1S
Dunnock 2 seen come from high and drop down (plus scores grounded)


Monday October 6th 2015
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 1000hrs to 1120hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: South 15-20mph, 8c, 100% Cloud, Horrendous stormy weather from first light, slightly reduced by 1000hrs. Got to site and started raining yet again with strong winds from South (side wind to birds).  Again the birds were just travelling through the rain at times very heavy.  In fact I now feel like a fully paid up member of the  "gentlemen vismiggers club", because these days its more a matter of standing there with umbrella in one hand. Had to break off at 1120hrs.

Total Chaffinches: 208

Chaffinch: 142 (best parties: 2x9,2x8,7)
Meadow Pipit: 1
Goldfinch: 6 (one party)
Kestrel: 2 (North West).

1200hrs to 1315hours.

Chaffinch: 66 (8W) (best parties: 5,4s)
Goldfinch: 5 (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Turdus species: 1

Dunnocks everywhere (scores plus!) and messing about in the "beet" crops , seeing some of them come in and land in the hedgerows.


Sunday October 5th 2015
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0715hrs to 1200hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: South 9mph 8c, 75% Cloud, 19000m vis, 1018mb.  Another scenario at first with birds going through "heavy" rain showers, suprised because they were just passing trees which I thought they would use for shelter, but no onward they went.  Today was great with birds all the way up to leaving.  In fact at leaving they were still going through at 2/3 per minute. Chaffinch were the main mover as usual, but also good numbers of Meadow Pipits and Goldfinch. Bonus included a party of Tree Sparrow.

Chaffinch: 775 (68W)
Goldfinch: 52 (10,20,16,6)
Linnet: 5
Redpoll: 1
Meadow Pipit: 96 (best parties: 2x14,10)
Alba Wagtail: 6
Swallow: 3
Tree Sparrow: 10 (one party)
Skylark: 1
Song Thrush: 2
Small Turdus species: 8 (5,1,2)
Pink Footed Goose: 10 (one skein to the West)
Greylag Goose: 2 (one paired to the West)
Jay: 1
Woodpigeon: 28
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1E (possibly local)
Common Snipe: 1

1615hours to 1630hrs (just a sampling count)
Chaffinch: 31 (7W)
Linnet: 1
Woodpigeon: 16 (one party)

So this tells me that they are still coming through at such a late hour, with the Chaffinch showing at the rate of approx 2 birds per minute.  This indicates they have been going through all day giving a posible indication of maybe 1375 birds on the day.......

Saturday October 4th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0830hrs to 1000hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise. Wind: NW 14mph, 10c, 100% Cloud, 9200m, 1007mb pressure.  No good starting before because of heavy rain showers.  The strangest thing about today for me was that the birds started moving during a rainy period (obviously the lighter rain showers), and I was stood there with binos in one hand and the umbrella in the other - but good parties of Chaffs and Mipits during this period.  However shortly afterwards the rainy weather abated and cleared up yet you would have thought then that the birds would have made haste, but no, the birds just stopped coming through!

Chaffinch: 111 (22W) (best parties: 10,9,8)
Meadow Pipit: 25 (best parties: 9,7,6)
Goldfinch: 12
Alba Wagtail: 3
Collard Dove: 1W
Greenfinch: 1
House Martin: 11 (one party


Friday October 3rd 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 1000hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 14mph South, 12c, 78% Cloud cover, 15400m vis, 1017mb pressure.  Excellent vis today especially with the Chaffinch, but also saw a small Linnet movement, and also my first Redwings.

Chaffinch: 307 (13W)
Linnet: 9 (6 party)
Greenfinch: 1W
Goldfinch: 13 (9,4)
Meadow Pipit: 21 (best parties 5,4)
Alba Wagtail: 5,
Swallow: 4 (3,1)
House Martin: 4 (one party)
Jay: 4NW
Woodpigeon: 13
Song Thrush: 1
Redwing: 3 SE
Tree Sparrow: 1
Pink Footed Goose: 7W


Thursday October 2nd 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0900hrs 
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 5mph West, 5c (yes very cold), 31% Cloud, 2000m, 1030mb. Still very quiet. 

Chaffinch: 59 (16W)
Meadow Pipit: 33 (best 8,6,5,5,5)
Alba Wagtail: 5 NW (1,2,1,1)
Woodpigeon: 8 (one party)
Redpoll - heard only


Wednesday October 1st 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0900hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 5mph WSW, 12c, 76% Cloud, 12500m vis, 1020mb pressure. Again very still with the parrellel lines (horizontal division) in the cloud make up, similar cloud patterns we have had now for a couple of weeks or more. Vismig again quiet, but a steady continuous trickle of Chaffinch mainly in pairs but occasionally 4s,5s or 6s.

Chaffinch: 151 (50W)
Alba Wagtail: 10
Greenfinch: 1
Meadow Pipit: 1
Mistle Thrush: 4


Tuesday September 30th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0930hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise. Wind: 3mph SSW, 11c, 75% Cloud, 14900m vis, 1019mb, warm, light rain showers early and then clearing.  Vismig picked up a little today especially with the Chaffinch. Definately far more Thrush agitation today with a little movement etc. Chaffinch still going through regular on leaving in singles, pairs or quartets. 

Chaffinch: 193 (52W)
Meadow Pipit: 12
Swallow: 6 (2,2,2)
Greenfinch: 1
Linnet: 2W
Goldfinch: 10 (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Woodpigeon: 11 (one party)
Blackbird: 4W 
Song Thrush: 7 (5NW & 2NE)
Mistle Thrush: 22S (one party 10,6)
Jay: 6 (1NW and 5W)
Skylark: 1W
Yellowhammer: 1


Monday September 29th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0830hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 1mph SE, 12c, 75% Cloud, 19800m vis, 1020mb pressure.  Haze/Fog bank to all perimeters which soon lifted. Again very still and very little movement for the time of the year (most years would be buzzing now!)

Chaffinch: 68 (30W)
Meadow Pipit: 1
Alba Wagtail: 4 (2,2)
Jay: 6 NW
Pink Footed Goose: 148NW  (one skein 48 at 0825 and another skein 100 at 0830 - over Hale Moss)


Sunday September 28th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0830hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 3mph South, 12c, 100% Cloud, 15900m vis, 1021mb pressure. Very still everywhere.
Again very quiet for time of year.

Meadow Pipit: 44
Chaffinch: 108 (32W)
Alba Wagtail: 10 (more or less always to South or SS East)
Goldfinch: 8 (one party)
Mistle Thrush: 1
Song Thrush: 2
Cormorant: 3 (one imm)


Saturday September 27th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0900hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind South 2mph, 9c temp, 31% Cloud cover, Very Bright once sun got up. 18000m vis, 1025mb pressure. Cold at first becoming warmer. 
Again another quiet count.

Chaffinch: 86 (18W) best parties  8,2x5
Meadow Pipit: 44 (best parties 7,6,5)
Swallow: 21 (20,1)
Goldfinch: 15 (5,10)
Blackbird: 2 (1,1)
Song Thrush: 5 (2NW)
Woodpigeon: 9
Alba Wagtail: 3 (1W)
Magpie: 5 (one party)
GS Woodpecker: 1W
Yellowhammer: 3E

Dalton Crags 1030hrs to 1130hrs (not strictly vismig)

Mistle Thrush 100+  feeding up throughout Dalton, could well be a lot more
Siskin: 7  A party of seven came in from North East.
Chaffinch: A (probable) blogging party of 42 flew over to West plus 12 overhead on vis to S/SE
Meadow Pipit: 30 blogging and 14 overhead on vis to S/SE
Song Thrush 10+ at least ten probably a few more intermingled with the Mistle's
Skylark: 2 - One of the Skylarks did the hovering and ascending at the same time just like you see at the beginning of the breeding season.  But did not sing its beautiful song, just the normal Skylark contact calls.


Friday September 26th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from 0700hrs to 0830hrs.
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise. Wind:WSW 15mph, 13c temp, 100% Cloud cover, 1017mb pressure.
A very quiet count.

Chaffinch: 24 (13W)
Meadow Pipit: 1
Swallow: 12 (5NW,6NW)
Goldfinch: 8W (one party)
Pink Footed Goose: 19NW (One skein at 0750hrs S/SE in and NW out)

Thursday September 25th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Shore Road, Carnforth  from 0700 to 0845hrs.
All movement South unless stated otherwise. wind NW 10 mph,  12c, 100% cloud, 1015mb pressure.
Light rain and drizzle throughout.

Alba Wagtail. 21 (16W)
Swallow 38 (20E, 10NW)
Greenfinch 1W
Chaffinch 8 (2W)
Goldfinch 8W (4,4)
Linnet 24 (2SW, 22W)
Meadow Pipit 12
Common Snipe 4 (grouped)

Others: Greylag Goose 5, Cormorant 1W, Egrets 18, Starlings 100 ish..

Wednesday September 24th 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal - from first light 0650hrs to 0845hrs
All movement South to South East unless stated otherwise. Wind: NW2-3mph, 10c, 25%Cloud, Bright, Sunny, Very cold especially to feet! first time this year. 11500m vis, 1011mb pressure.
Another quiet day)

Meadow Pipit: 1
Starling: 9 (maybe local maybe not)
Woodpigeon: 19,
Reed Bunting: 1
Goldfinch: 3W
Cormorant: 2W
Jay: 1 SE
Pink Footed Goose: 63 from South to W/NW at 0730hrs (one skein only)


Tuesday September 23rd 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal - from first light 0650hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South to South East unless stated otherwise. Wind: 3mph SW, 11c temp. 
At long last movement picking up especially with the Chaffinch, eg: some larger parties coming through today.

Meadow Pipit: 26 (best parties 8,7)
Chaffinch: 89 (best parties: 14,12,2x5s)
Blackbird: 1
Swallow: 1
Alba Wagtail: 22 (best party 11)
Greenfinch: 2 (1,1)
Goldfinch: 8 (one party)
Woodpigeon: 3W

Burton In Kendal - from 0930hrs to 1100hrs
Meadow Pipit: 2
Chaffinch: 154 (best parties: 13,9,8,7,4x6)
Swallow: 42 (best parties: 9,30)
Goldfinch: 6 (one party)
Jay: 1
Starlings: several continental suspects!


Vismig Notes - North West Mipits 

At long last it looks like the Chaffinch are starting to come through today, probably as a result of the winds having now changed back to Westerlies or that’s my opinion! But it was still dire today in relation to the other target species the Meadow Pipits.  Its been so quiet up here for the past three weeks with very little to show especially in regards to the Meadow Pipits and Chaffinch migrations.

I suppose I have been found guilty of blaming this anti-cyclonic weather, or the continual day in day out Easterlies or the high pressure.  Its been as good as anything to use as a excuse and it always sounds logical that if something has to be held responsible then why not come up with one of these feasible (or feeble) excuses!

So unless where I live is within a small micro-climate (like everyone keeps telling me it is!) it does not add up!

Why’s that you may ask!  Well although all this weather stuff has been going on here and we have had such poor counts of Meadow Pipits (bearing in mind to a far smaller proportionate amount to Walney), then just look at the record counts they have been getting just 15 miles (as the Mipit flies) west of us on Walney Island.  Here are their counts over the last seven days, showing the Burton In Kendal/Hutton Roof comparison in brackets:

Sept 13th = 2500 (314), Sept 16th = 4000 (21), Sept 19th = 1000 (296), Sept 20th = 2500 (11) and Sept 21st = 4000 (99). 

Also of significant note is Heysham’s Bird Observatory reporting of:

Sept 18th = 2047 (61) Meadow Pipits, but sadly we don’t have the Walney records for comparisons on that particular day.

In normal years at Burton In Kendal/Hutton Roof I would expect to get at least 10% to 15% amount of birds (Meadow Pipits only) proportionate to a 100% what Walney gets on any given day of the migration .  But this year it falls far short into a minuscule comparison on at least four out of the six recorded days as you can see against the corresponding dates and quantities.

With all those Meadow Pipits having already gone down on the West side of us I wonder if we are going to get any for our usual peaks which as a rule would be any date between the 25th September and the 1st October.

But the reason I have quickly put this piece together is that it does not explain why birds have gone through in really good numbers at other sites West of us when we were left with only dribbles of birds on the same corresponding days, and subsequently going on to thinking (for us) it was down to the unusual weather patterns we have been getting recently when obviously this cannot now be the case! 

So I am left wondering what really is happening?


Monday 22nd September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal, Cumbria - from first light 0650hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind 3mph WSW 9c temp, 90% Cl cover, 1027mb pressure. Felt cold again, lots of dew.
Again movement extremely quiet.

Meadow Pipit: 4
Chaffinch: 67 (9W)
Swallow: 7 (3,3,1)
Alba Wagtail: 2W

Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancashire - from 0838 to 0950hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.

Meadow Pipit: 82 (best parties: 20,9,7,5)
Chaffinch: 10
Alba Wagtail: 10 (best party 7)
Skylark: 18 (best parties 8,6)
Swallow: 60 (best 13,10,10)
C. Snipe: 1W
Goldfinch: 6 (one party)
Greenfinch: 1
Linnet: 1
Collard Dove: 2S
Pink Footed Goose: heard but not seen.

Grounded: Chiffchaff calling within 30 yards, 2 Reed Bunting, Robins galore.
Local: Lots of Lapwings, Curlews, Starlings, 2x Egrets.


Sunday 21st September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Trig Point - Hutton Roof Common - from first light 0650hrs to 0900hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise. Wind 6mph NNE, 8cTemp, 2% Cloud cover, 19300m vis, 1025mb pressure. Colder, clearest day so far all week.
Again movement very quiet.

Meadow Pipits:  99 (just dribbles of singles or pairs throughout)
Chaffinch: 38 (some NE,South and East) best party 10
Goldfinch: 5 (one party)
Swallow: 30 (14,8,4,2,2)
Woodpigeon: 2
Mistle Thrush: 3
Skylark: 5 (all North 2,2,1)
Pink Footed Goose: 13 (one skein at 0900hrs going SE)
Alba Wagtail: 1

Also grounded: Willow Warbler (Lancelot) Linnets and Siskin (possibly local)

1530-1630hrs: Burton In Kendal  Swallows going through South continually, mainly in pairs with the occasional small party.

Saturday 20th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal - from first light 0650hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 3mph NNE, 13c Temp, 94% Cloud cover, 18000m Visibility, 1016mb pressure.  Hazy to all perimeters and closing.
Again movement very quiet.

Chaffinch: 37 (17W)
Meadow Pipit: 11
Swallow: 46 (30,16)
House Martin: 10
Jay: 11 (8,1,2)

Shore Road, Carnforth - from 0815hrs to 0915hrs
All movement South/South East unless stated otherwise.

Meadow Pipit: 37 (best parties 11,6,5)
Chaffinch: 23 (4N) (best partie 12)
Goldfinch: 5,
Skylark: 18 (best party 10)
House Martin: 8 (one party)
Swallow: 43 (best parties 14,13)
Greenfinch: 11 (3,8)

Other stuff grounded: 2 Egrets, 1 Goosander to SE, Lapwings and Curlews.

I think its now becoming obvious that this years Swallow peak was earlier this year and was for me on 16th and 17th September 2014, normally I don't expect peak numbers until at least the 22nd to 26th September.


Friday 19th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Trig Point, Hutton Roof Common from first light 0640hrs to 0900hrs
All movement South to SS East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: 5mph ENE, 12c Temp, 53% Cloud cover, 1013mb pressure. Cloudy, Hazy to all perimeters.
Again movement very quiet.

Meadow Pipit: 296 (best parties: 14,12,11s,10s)
Chaffinch: 10 (7W)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Mistle Thrush: 9 (1,8)
Goldfinch: 13 (6,7)
House Martin: 4
Woodpigeon: 6

Willow Warbler 1
Chiffchaff 1 (in Lancelot Clark Storth)
Reed Bunting: 1


Thursday 18th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0830hrs
All movement South East unless stated otherwise. Wind Variable to 1mph Easterly, 14c temp, 86% Cloud cover with strong haze to all margins, 1013mb pressure.
Again movement very quiet

Swallows: 38 (one party 35) direct in and out.
Meadow Pipit: 61 (best parties 7,3x6.
Chaffinch: 55 (22W) (best parties: 6,2x5)
Goldfinch: 11
Greenfinch: 1
Woodpigeon: 8
Jay: 2 (NW)
Mistle Thrush: 1

Trig Point, Hutton Roof Common 0830hrs to 1100hrs
Swallow: 93 (best parties: 16,12,11 - total pairs or parties: 18 (definately doing the more direct flight line today)
Meadow Pipit: 87 (best parties: 5x5s)
Chaffinch: 10
Alba Wagtail: 5 (2,2,1)
Goldfinch: 7
Red Admiral Butterfly: 4 (individuals)

Wind picked up at 1000hrs to a 3/4 mph Easterly and from then on you could see most of the Mipits and Swallows take their direction to a Easterly routing to have a "face on" wind.

Grounded Migrants: (Dalton and Trig Point area - Hutton Roof).
Stonechat: 3
Willow Warbler: 1
Spotted Flycatcher: 1
Reed Bunting: 2

Burton In Kendal (Off Vicarage Lane) (1500 to 1600hrs)
Still birds trickling through.  Swallows almost continual in small pairs or party groups.
Swallows: 77 (best parties: 15,13,2x7s)
Meadow Pipits: 17 (almost all in pairs)
Chaffinch: 4
Greenfinch: 1
Goldfinch: 11 (one party)
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1


Wednesday 17th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0830hrs
All movement South East unless stated otherwise. Wind 3mph Easterly, 10ctemp, 36% Cloud cover,
13900m vis, 1016mb air pressure. Colder, Misty/Haze throughout especially to West.

Again movement very quiet

Swallows: 192 (best parties: 2x40,3x30, single figures after). Had to curtail hirundine counting for up to one hour to allow birds to clear out, there could well have been up to 500 at least in the sky at the same time which did eventually move out to the SE.  After that only trickles were seen so presume there would have been a continual movement which will have gone through at great altitude and subsequently missed.
Meadow Pipits: 77 (best parties: 7, 3x6, 3x5)
Chaffinch: 58 (7W) (best parties: 6, 5, 6x4s)
Skylark: 1
Woodpigeon: 33S (one party 30)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Pink Footed Goose: 6SE

Also at 1100hrs at Slape Lane, Burton In kendal I also had:
Willow Warbler
Swallow: a party of 6
Chaffinch: 1
Comma Butterfly: 1


Tuesday 16th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind 1mph Easterly, 12ctemp, 39% Cloud cover, 17600m visibility and 1017 air pressure. Warmish.

Again movement very quiet

Swallows: 259 (best parties: 100,50,31,28,20 and 3x10s) Many missed at Mega altitude.
House Martin: 10 (one party)
Chaffinch: 31 (7W) (2x5s and mainly singles and pairs)
Meadow Pipit: 21 (mainly singles and pairs)
Alba Wagtail: 8 (3,4,1)
Woodpigeon: 3

Starling:  30 NE - Ex roost (LeighMoss) to North East at 0715hrs.

Monday 15th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind at first 4mph NE, 12ctemp, 100% Cloud cover, 12000m visibility and 1021 air pressure. Warmish.

Movement deteriorated even worse than yesterday and never picked up.
Swallow: 71 (best parties: 20,20,15,10).
Chaffinch: 4 (2W)
Alba Wagtail: 2

Starling 20 ex roost (LeighMoss) 0748 always head to North East (local)


Sunday 14th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0830hrs
All movement South East unless stated otherwise.  Wind: at first 4mph E then decreasing to variable by 0700hrs and the movement from then was very poor.  Cloudy throughout. Warmish.

Meadow Pipit: 98 (best parties: 18,18,17,10)
Chaffinch: 79 (best parties: 11,10,8)
Swallow: 165 (best parties early on at 80,55,20,8)
Goldfinch: 10W (one party)
Alba Wagtails: 2
Starlings: 150+ leaving roost and heading West by 0745hrs, also moves or ex roost by Lesser Black Black Gulls and Black Headed Gulls.


Saturday 13th September 2014
Visible Bird Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South to South East unless stated otherwise.
Wind 5mph E, Cloudy.

Meadow Pipit: 314 (best parties: 25,20,16,15,14,2x12s)
Chaffinch: 28 (5W)
Curlew: 2
Swallow: 3
Goldfinch: 15 (two parties)
Tree Sparrow: 5 SW
Woodpigeon: 8
Alba Wagtail: 2
Goose species: 5 (skein) - seemed smaller than Pinks and moving very fast.


Friday 12th September 2014
Visible Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South to South East unless stated otherwise. Wind: S/SE 4mph

Meadow Pipit: 58 (best parties: 7s,6s)
Chaffinch: 57 (13E)  (best parties 5s, 6s)
Swallow: 65 (best party 40)
Mistle Thrush: 4 (3+1)
House Martin: 3
Alba Wagtail: 4 (2+2)I Love Arnside & Silverdale
Goosander: 2

Grounded Migrants etc over Dalton Crags 0930hrs to 1115hrs.
Stonechat: at least 3
Willow Warblers: several not seen but heard calling with their houwit call.
Robins: several.

Other stuff: 23 Meadow Pipits flying overhead, also several grounded, 30+ Mistle Thrush probably lots more, Swallow 7,
Alba Wagtail: 2 (1N).

1145hrs at Holme (Sheernest Lane and also on Station Road, wires just full of Swallows and Martins mixed.  At least 200 possibly more.

Thursday 11th September 2014
Visible Migration - Burton In Kendal from first light 0640hrs to 0800hrs
All movement South to South East unless Stated otherwise.

Meadow Pipit: 164 (best parties: 20,16,14)
Chaffinch: 47 (12E),
Swallow: 3
Alba Wagtail: 1
Grey Wagtail: 4 (one party)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Settled for Abortiporous biennis (Young Blushing Rossette) and other recent finds

Settled for a young Blushing Rossette - Abortiporous biennis
(please click over to enlarge)
(Notes from Sunday last 14th September 2014): I found this rare fungi on Sunday last whilst crossing by bridleway over the Moss from Burton In Kendal towards Hale (Cumbria).  I wondered what could this be, so felt around it and sure enough it was held firm on the side attached to some ancient root system which were just about appearing from under the soil and grasses. I checked my fungi books but could not find anything which resembled this anywhere. Thankfully a old friend Mike V from down in East Lancs and via the "Wild About Britain" website, came to the rescue with suggestions.  From there I entered his suggestions on the web and sure enough lots of photos came up confirming the identity of this bleeding fungus.
Still on the same bridleway I found this Himalayan Balsam and it struck me that they were much of a redder flower than what I normally see.

A very red/pinky Himalayan Balsum 
Other species were also found whilst crossing over the moss which included: Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris), White Dead Nettle (Lamium album), Scentless Mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum).

(Notes from yesterday Monday September 15th 2014)  Enjoyed a great day on Hutton Roof in the charming company of Steve G, who seemed to enjoy everything! He had his special interest in the Moths, Caterpillers and bugs of the area. Several Bugs, centipedes and the like where collected for micro analysis.
Of special interest to me was that whilst showing my friend the spent Hypericum Montana's, we did notice that a further 4 or 5 quite immature seedlings had obviously sprung up to the side of the now well spent parent plants, the leaves in these seedlings were more oval than lanceolate and fresh, in fact I could not believe what I was seeing and had to make sure with the hand-lens that they were hypericums, but thankfully the "marginal black dots giveaway" was present. It will be so interesting to check on the development of these next year.

Dropping down the limestone pavements in Lancelot Clark Storth, on the way checking out spent Epipactis, together with lots of current Travellors Joy or Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba).  It was also a lovely sight to check out the Southern Polypody (Polypodium Cambricum) of here below is a photo.

The Southern Polypody (Polypodium Cambricum) found on Hutton Roof
(please click over photo to enlarge and enjoy)
 (Notes from last week - September 7th Week 2014) - Its always interesting to see what (crops) up on the verges of the farmers fields especially at the time of Maize or Beet crops, it really is interesting to find these unusual plants, there can be a varied mixture and always seem to hold a suprise!  Here below are just a selected few photographs from what I could identify (or not identify!) found just off Vicarage Lane in Burton In Kendal.

A popular plant which seems to come every year is the "Black Nightshade" (Solanum nigrum). 

Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) - Click over to enlarge
This year for the first time I also had a yellow version of what at first looked very much like the flower also of the Nightshade family and thats exactly what it turned out to be, because what we have here is Solanum lycopersicum or the common Tomato plant.

Solanum lycopersicum or Tomato plant

Another regular which seems to turn up on the verges and has again this year is Galinsoga quadriradiata and this so resembles the South American naturalised "Gallent Soldier"

Galinsoga quadriradiata  found on the verges of Maize or Beet planted fields
(please click over to enlarge).
I have taken lots more photographs of other strange plants which have naturalized around the crop fields of Burton and they look so interesting.   Its now a question of finding more time in the day to try and identify......

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Lycoperdon echinatum (Spiney Puffball)

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Lycoperdon echinatum (Spiney Puffball)  found on Hutton Roof a couple of days ago
I guess what I found was seven little hedgehogs all curled up in tiny little balls!  but seriously I did not expect to see seven Lycoperdon echinatum's (or Spiney Puffballs) whilst out on my foraging.  Just at the top of one of the Crags in a shady place and all within a area of two metres of one another.

I also found these two below on Hutton Roof Common and I believe it is of the family "Amanita".  Not sure which variant it is, but was a true meaty specimen and probably measured something like 4" across the cap. And although these were flattened capped, there was also another one closeby which was of the same but of a dome shaped cap.

A member of the "Amanita" family found on Hutton Roof
And here below are a couple of photos of the same fungi I found today up in Dalton Crags.  I can only presume it is of the Bolete family, probably Brown Birch Bolete.

A member of the Bolete family found today 8/9/14 on Hutton Roof
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Monday 8th September 2014
Lots of interesting stuff on the birdscene.  Dalton Crags 0900hrs to 1200hrs.
A Chiffchaff in full song at Plain Quarry.  I was also getting Willow Warblers in part song last week on Vicarage Lane. There must now be at least 50+ Mistle Thrushes in the lower section of Dalton Crags.
In the open deforested area of Dalton Crags (top section) I had several migrants, a party of 3 Stonechats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Goldcrest (one party), 10 Long Tailed Tit (could be local), also up to a score of Swallow going through, several Meadow Pipit and 3 separate Chaffinch going through, lots of Wrens and Robins.  A party of at least 50 Goldfinch enjoying the spent thistles. Also three Small Tortoishells and several Speckled Woods.

Tuesday 9th September 2014
Dalton Crags 0900hrs to 1100hrs
Two Lesser Whitethroats in Dalton (upper), probably same ones as yesterday, also a pair of either Willow Warblers or Chiffchaffs, plenty of Robins, Wrens, Tits.

Also 50+ Mistle Thrush, 10 party of Long Tailed Tit (probably same as yesterday). Odd Meadow Pipit and Swallows.

Wednesday 10th September 2014
Dalton Crags 1000hrs to 1130hrs
Overhead: 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Meadow Pipits, 5 Swallow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Skylark (North)
Grounded Migrants: 5 Stonechat (grouped), 1 Chiffchaff in full song, Several Chaffinch.
Others: 50+ Mistle Thrush, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Woods and 1 Sloworm.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody)

Polypodium Cambricum (Southern Polypody) on Lancelot - Please click over the photos to enlarge
I don't think it would be possible for me to get better specimens to photograph than these.  They do give the complete photo picture to one of the rare ferns from this area.  The Photos clearly show the deltoid shape of the fronds, together with the clean light green colour and narrowness of the individual pinnae. Also with the cambricum you can usually see the sori immpressions coming through the topside of the frond. Whilst other Polypodies are pretty well worn by now, the cambricum is at its very best right now with it being the last to show! If you would like to see all the photos I took today of these Cambricum then please click here.

Meadow Pipits have been collecting with two parties noticed, one party of 30 plus in Dalton Crags and a further party of 20 or more on the Common itself.  Also one or two pairs making their way across HR.

Without doubt odd individual Swallows and a party of three were making their way South on migration, you can usually tell them out from the local feeding birds, by their direct Southern flight and you see them in and see them out.  A couple of days ago I noticed also odd individuals crossing over Booths at Carnforth following their ancient flightpaths crossing over in the direction towards perhaps the Trough of Bowland and then out South. I suppose it will now be a gradual build up until we get the peak movement South which will be on or around the 24th September.

Maybe up to thirty Mistle Thrush collecting in the lower Dalton Crags, making the most of the Rowan berries.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hart's Tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium) Variant: Ramosum

I found this unusual Hart's Tongue Fern today on Hutton Roof Common
It was nice to find this unusual Hart's Tongue fern today and I have already had it confirmed by Alec that it is a variant called "Ramosum".

It was great to see lots of Spotted Flycatchers in Dalton, between the top of the lower crags to include the area from where the charcoal burners used to be and all the way across to the entry with the upper Dalton Crags area or the start of the "deforested" areas. Most of the birds where immatures but also a few parent birds present.  (probably a dozen or more in total).  The date almost ties in with previous sightings of this species whilst on their annual passage through Dalton Crags.

Autumn Gentian or Fellwort
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Then it was nice to check out the Autumn Gentian (or Fellwort) which is on the Common in several areas.  This year there are two plants within 18" of one another and one of the plants is shown here (left) and of the usual regular purple colour, whilst the other plant the flowers are white. This seems to happen quite a lot up here were they will come up one colour or the other.

Not far from the Fellwort I was lucky enough to find even more of the special fern called the Southern Polypody (or Polypodium Cambricum). As usual it was down a shallow gryke with some six spaced out fronds, all of which would have been between 4" to 6" in length and of delta shape. 

Hypericum Montanum
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Also today checking out some (new to me pavement) which I have never had chance before to investigate, but today found the time and listed several good (but gone over) Epipactis Helliborines.  But the star attraction today just had to be some "Hypericum Montanum" or the Pale St John's Wort which has become very rare these days around these parts.  Obviously the plant was well over, but you could still see lots of reasonable clues.

Besides making notes of gps readings for Angular Solomon's Seal, Epipactis Helliborines, Spring Sandwort, it was really interesting to find some of the fabulous Hypericum androsaemum or perhaps better known as Tutsan within the Dalton Crags area and here below is a photo of it showing its much reddened leaves.

Tutsan found in Dalton Crags