Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Fogged Off!

When I headed to the obs at 0530 it was very foggy, in fact it was a real 'pea souper'! I had high hopes that as soon as the sun got out of bed it would burn the fog off. However, that wasn't to be and the fog lingered for a good couple of hours. Even though it was foggy there was still quite a stiff SSE breeze, but not enough to plague my nets.

 Foggy Obs!

As the fog began to clear there was some visible migration, although not a great deal as the bay was still 'locked down' with murk, but I did manage to reord four Alba Wags, 15 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, eleven Swallows and five Greenfinches all heading south.

There were only a few grounded birds and these were three Whitethroats and a single Willow Warbler. Raptors were represented this morning by a male Sparrowhawk and two Kestrels.

The ringing was slow this morning, as was expected with the weather conditions, and I ringed nine birds as follows:

Dunnock - 1
Whitethroat - 1
Meadow Pipit - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Great Tit - 1
Greenfinch - 4

 Meadow Pipit

The forecast is looking interesting over weekend and in to next week, particualrly for east coast birders. However, the easterlies do look quite prolonged so there's a good chance it'll bring some birds over here to the west.


Warren Baker said...

Looking forward to my first Autumn Meadow Pipit here soon :-)

The Hairy Birder said...

They won't be long Warren!