Sunday, 15 August 2010
Another good day
Classic conditions today for visible migration at Beddington. A light to moderate north-east wind with heavy overcast has the effect of causing major migration pathways to be deflected both westwards and low bringing them into our territory and vision. Birds from the continent are pushed across the North Sea and some make their way up the Thames and then across land to the south coast. It is these birds that we see at the farm. Today was pretty special we had 1 Osprey moving southwest, 1 Marsh Harrier south (pic 1), 4 Whimbrel west, 1 juvenile Ruff (pic 2) circling, a flock of 21 Cormorants (pic 3) drifted southwest, 2 Common Terns flew south and 27 Teal, 10 Shoveler and 3 Snipe arrived on site. There was also 17 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3-4 Greenshank and 1 Whinchat.