Saturday 12 October 2013

Dawn then dead as regards thrush movements

Heysham Obs
Plenty of birds first thing and very little difference between today's and yesterdays weather other than the wind being less gusty.................but the on-going passage of Redwing and Fieldfare was certainly not via the corridor between the coast and the Morecambe-Middleton road

Vis/grounded dawnish to 1130hrs
Redwing - 199, almost all grounded birds heading inland at or soon after dawn
Song Thrush - at least 8 as above
Blackbird - c15 as above, possibly more
alba Wagtail - 16
Lesser Redpoll - 2
Chaffinch - 42
Meadow Pipit - 5
Skylark - 2
Coal Tit - 4
Robin - 4 unringed birds, one very light weight

Mound/north wall
Robin - three orange-coloured migrants being hemmed into the end of the mound by a red-breasted resident
Lesser Redpoll - one with Linnets
Reed Bunting - one in sandworks
Rock Pipit - 1
Meadow Pipit - 3 grounded
Linnet - 15

Quite a flurry after yesterdays blank