BTO Migration update

Wednesday 31 October 2012, 14:40

Paul Stancliffe Paul Stancliffe BTO

With light south westerly winds yesterday, migration will be much slower than it has been. This is already being seen in the large reduction in the number of Little Auks on the move. Monday they were passing east coast sites in their thousands, this morning it is just ones and twos.

Waxwing Waxwing by Andy Mason

In these lighter winds finches should still feature and Brambling is the one to look out for. Waxwings are still arriving in small numbers. Around eighty birds arrived at east coast watchpoints this morning.

There is a great piece of HD footage of one of the recent arrivals.

Swallows are still on the move in slightly higher numbers than is normal for this time of the year. Double figures are still being seen at south coast watchpoints and the BirdTrack reporting rate shows this well compared with the last two years.

Hoopoe Hoopoe by Andy Mason

The winds are due to turn southerly today and bring slightly warmer temperatures. There is a chance that this will bring in the odd southern species to join the Bee-eater that is in Dorset and the Hoopoe that is currently in Somerset.

There is also a chance that Hurricane Sandy will throw some American migrants out into the Atlantic, as there are still some late migrants moving from North America to South America at this time. A Pied-billed Grebe that turned up on Lough Baun, Mayo adds a little weight to this.

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    Comment number 1.

    Earlier in the month Martin asked what eats conkers. I have seen Grey Squirrels feasting on them over the last few weeks.

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    Comment number 2.

    we have 30 plus starlings visiting our garden every morning for the breakfast we put out for them,they make our day with their antics.
    Tony and Penny Cropley
    Chichester West Sussex

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    Comment number 3.

    Another great show. I was interested in the comment by Chris about Waxwings on Orkney. I am from Westray, one of the North Orkney Isles and we've been seeing Waxwings in our garden over the past 5 days. They are frantically feeding on the berries of the Rosa Ragosa and pretty unaffected by us humans. I took a camera-phone photo, which is not too good. This is an annual occurence, always at this time.
    Really looking forward to tomorrow night's show!

 

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