Monday, 7 April 2014

Vis Mig Day

 Black-tailed Godwits- a flock of 17 with a group of 3 earlier. One of the largest spring counts. Also 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Redshank, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 20+ Swallow and 20+ Sand Martin recorded as new migrants today by the bird group.
 House Martin- my first for the year
Lunar Marbled Brown- another first for Beddington, caught last night. Also a Dark Sword Grass. 
 Weather chart for today: Cold/occluded front over south east England and local area bringing low cloud and rain with a steady south to south west air flow. Conditions conducive to visible migration by low cloud affecting flight altitude and birds being encouraged to stop by rainfall creating difficult flying conditions.
 Weather forecast tomorrow. Frontal conditions have moved on and steady westerfly airflow.
Birding forecast locally: Perhaps a few passerine migrants lurking after today's fall conditions but otherwise reduced visible migration. Steady westerfly airflow should keep migration lines towards the continent.
Weather forecast for Thursday this week: High pressure over local area and southern England.
Local Birding Forecast: Few barriers to migration so arrival of summer visitors likely and also conditions good for raptors moving.

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