Tuesday, 23 September 2008
With the easterly airflow being maintained over the next few days there should be more in the way of eastern vagrants. There is an occluded front over the south-east which could generate fall conditions there. With the persistence of this weather system, vagrants should penetrate further west- maybe Scilly and places like the Western Isles. Looks set for a continuing good week.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
In the absence of weather fronts to concentrate birds- drift migrants and vagrants could turn up on a broad front. Off shore islands don't need fronts to concentrate vagrants- they are concentration mechanisms in their own right and if migrants are on the move over a wide area- they will be drawn in. Good place to be this week- on some remote island.
A possible last thing a small mammal sees.
Fortunate group of visitors to Beddington (first time for some) who witnessed the Great White Egret- a one in (over) a hundred year event.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Saturday, 13 September 2008
This is not Eilat, this is Croydon. Between 1300 and 1500 at least four, possibly five Common Buzzards circled the farm, including three together on one occasion. The bird above looks very fresh with streaking on the breast, a characteristic of juvenile plumage, however eye colour is the best way to age these birds (not visible). Interestingly there was an influx of Honey Buzzards into Norfolk today, so these birds here may have been part of a wider movement of raptors.
A very pale distant Common Buzzard being mobbed by crows. This bird showed an abnormal white uppertail and was strikingly pale.
4-5 Common Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 1 juvenile Redshank, 1 juvenile Ruff, 7 Snipe, 1 juvenile Common Sandpiper, 15+ Swallow flew S, 12 Meadow Pipit flew S, 1 eclipse male Wigeon. 70+ Teal, 10 Gadwall, 40 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe
Friday, 12 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Shag and Cormorant by Grant Prater (last week- too gutted to remember)- identified from this photo
Weather chart (below) for 070809- showing that not all northwest winds are barren
Typically north east winds generated over the North Sea are associated with this sort of influx of migrants. A process called drift. What is note-worthy about this event is that wind direction was northwest over Beddington, a wind direction not often associated with visible migration. However the bigger picture (above) shows that these northwest winds are simply a local change in direction of a larger system which is generating drift from the continent.
1 juvenile Ruff, 1 juvenile Knot, 3 juvenile Dunlin, 2 juvenile Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Willow Warbler, 40+ House Martin, 5 Sand Martin, 45+ Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe, 10 Teal