BTO migration update part 4

Friday 2 November 2012, 11:52

Paul Stancliffe Paul Stancliffe BTO

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As was to be expected after a day and night of strong westerly winds, migration is a little quiet on Wednesday.

Small numbers of finches continue to move and involve the usual suspects. Linnet, Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch and Redpoll. The numbers are in the low tens, with the exception of Chaffinch that are moving through east coast sites in the low hundreds.

Waxwings continue to trickle into the country. The first 100+ flock has been seen on Orkney and smaller flocks are being found along the east coast. There are probably around 300-350 Waxwings in the country at present.

Small numbers of Swallow are still on the move. How much longer might we see them moving through migration watchpoints?

Whooper Swans don't seem to be arriving at the moment but that could change later Thursday and into today.

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    Comment number 1.

    Thanks for that update. Just thought you might like to know that there have been two reports of Waxwing irruptions in Assynt at Stoer (pronounced 'store' as in shop) 100+ and at Drumbeg 50+ both on 1st November - Assynt is in south-west Sutherland so looks like some Waxwings have gone straight over the country to get at our huge rowan berry crop. Also a report of 5 in a garden at Inverkirkaig today 2nd November.
    I addition we have had small numbers of Whoopers moving through since 2nd October with max. count of 7 on 18th October and the odd Brambling. Lots more stuff on Assynt Field Club site.

    Good birding.

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    Comment number 2.

    Whilst walking home from the service at the local war memorial yesterday morning I saw a flock of 50+ waxwings stripping two rowan trees in Dingwall. They were in no hurry to move on despite being hassled by a crow.


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