|Just a little sketch showing the directions of migration over Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)|
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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.