Monday, 8 October 2018

Autumn at last

Well mid-autumn would be more accurate. Been a good influx of migrants and sprites mainly yesterday but continuing into today. Despite watching the charts for the last month or so, the window of light north easterlies following a front came on about the only day I couldn't budge (didn't stop Jaffa finding a mega from his laptop though!) . However managed to get some time in locally (Oxon/Bucks local). I did a skywatch at the Old Vic on Sunday and went to Otmoor in the afternoon and today did a skywatch from Brill Windmill between 0700 and 1000. Ebird list here

Also did a full night's sound recording (now I've got a new memory card) and had the moth trap on last night. Had about 10 Redwing calls last night, Tawny Owl and also a possible Golden Plover. The moth trap was quiet- just 5 Lunar Underwings and a Willow Beauty.

 Light north-easterlies across the North Sea and weak structures over the continent produced a good fall of sprites and migrants mainly across the east coast 
Despite the wind shifting to the west today the displacement/re-orientation continued
 Highlight was this presumed first-winter Ring Ouzel that came in from the west and seemed to go down. Also had two Brambling, 350+ Redwing moving north/ northwest, 80+ Chaffinch moving west, 65 Fieldfare going west, 8 Song Thrush through,  6 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. Full list HERE

Presumed first-winter Ring Ouzel- seems to be pale showing in the remiges but no sign of any gorget so presumably a first-winter female 
 Also had a single Mistle Thrush 
 Redwings over Bucks 
 Distant Fieldfares- the white underwings visible at great distance 
Sunrise from Brill 

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