Saturday, 11 April 2015

Migration Mystery

A cold front passed this morning bringing overcast skies and some rain. In theory such a change in weather (considering it was a high pressure, hot day with south winds yesterday- responsible for 30+ Hoopoes in the country) could produce a fall of migrants. Apart from a few bits locally- an Oystercatcher at Tice's Meadow, a couple of Little Gull at Walton, some Arctic Terns on the Thames- it was pretty quiet and decisively dead at the farmlands (only 5 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear (from yesterday), 1 Water Pipit (from all winter) and 6-7 Blackcaps along the path.
Will keep my eye on these cold fronts and will see if it makes a difference whether the front is a warm, cold or occluded one. 

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