Thursday, 17 September 2015

Fits and starts morning

Heysham Obs
A great wadge of cloud came in off the sea just after dawn and progressed south-east.  Quite a concentrated N-S vis mig along the edge of the cloud as it slowly passed overhead and it presumably dropped a few Goldcrest which did not seem to be around at first light.  One of the Grey Wagtail caught was an adult - only the second caught here

Office area dawn to 1100hrs - intermittently
Chaffinch - first significant movement of the autumn with most of these during a 15 minute spell along the cloud edge - 72 S
Grey Wagtail - 1+1+2 SE
Meadow Pipit - just 8 SE
alba Wagtail - 27 SE/S
Goldfinch - c50 S
No Siskin heard today
No hirundines seen pre-1100hrs!

Redstart - female mid-morning
Treecreeper - one passed through mid-morning
Chiffchaff - 2-3
Goldcrest - at least 20
Reed Warbler - 1
No Sylvia warblers seen/heard

One 18m net (Robin and Dunnock presumed migrants):  Goldcrest (14), Chiffchaff (2), Grey Wagtail (2), Reed Warbler (1), Robin (1), Dunnock (1), Blue Tit (4 - two unringed adults unusual)

A buck Roe Deer sauntered past the office early morning, then headed off towards the classroom!