Thursday, 7 January 2010

The Great Escape Continues

-5 C yesterday evening. I woke to the sight of an impressive Fieldfare migration from the obs window. By the end of the day were had logged 1060 birds moving S with several others feeding on the Flower Estate. There were also about 200+ Redwings feeding on the estate and also by the lake. In addition another 150+ Redwing moved S. Also 20+ Skylark over and an adult Mediterranean Gull flew past the obs window. Also 2 Mistle Thrush.
A few Lawpings went over (about 15) and there were 15+ Skylark, 100+ Linnet, 15 Meadow Pipit and 2 Reed Bunting on the mound.

Worth comparing events at Beddington to a national observatory such as Portland:


Graham James said...

Strangely, Peter, here at Holmethorpe we saw a movement of Fieldfares too. Not nearly as many as you had, just small groups involving about 150 birds, but ours were all heading north-east.

Peter Alfrey said...

Interesting. Obviously our 1000 Fieldfare didn't head your way and the movement was not on a broad enough front to encompass your area. Perhaps these birds were following a narrow fly line?