Friday, 25 October 2013

Migration hiatus

A cloudy start, then clearing with sunny spells, 18º, moderate SE.

Visible migration virtually stalled today with heavy cloud cover at dawn and not clearing until later. Several Redwing seen and heard overhead early, quite a few migrants hanging back today and appeared reluctant to depart and subsequently there were good numbers of Linnet and Goldfinch, Skylark and Meadow Pipit, several Chaffinch and Reed Bunting, 3 Blackbird, a Song Thrush, 3 Wheatear and 3 Black Redstart.
A brief sea watch produced only an Arctic Skua and 6 Guillemot of note.

The Yellow-browed Warbler heard in the garden this morning and a couple of Firecrest around of which one was trapped and ringed also a few Chiffchaff present.
A walk in the top fields in the afternoon found a Merlin and a Sparrowhawk hunting, a Buzzard being harried by corvids and a smart  Ring Ousel.

Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies still around. 
A big thank you to the PBO folks, Martin Cade, Jo Stockwell and the Prof (Peter Morgan) and to all the other folk staying at the Obs and the Portland crew..............Cheers.

 Meadow Pipit bathing

Sunset on Portland

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