SNIPPETS OF WEALTH (September 2018)

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If you want up to date information on theVisible "Bird Migration" please checkout the following blog by scrolling downor alternatively please click hereSunday 23rd September 2018 - Hutton Roof  1300hrs to 1600hrs Found this late Dog Violet - usually they have finished by about the end of May!Now then this is a fine scollie I found on Hutton Roof were you can see a lot of action on the tips of the fronds of which there are 9 and each one have some sort of aberrant make up.  I have gps were I found it and contacted my friend Alec whom I am sure will give me his comments in due course.  For now we have some photos:Sunday 23rd September 2018 - Skyscapes over Burton In Kendal (taken whilst doing bird counting and general vismig.Saturday 22nd September 2018 Sunrise and a spectrum formed this morning, just like a mini rain...

2018 VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION REPORTS (August to November)

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VISMIG - Monday 24th September 2018 - Tayors fields, Off Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs to 1045hrsWind: NNW 2mph, 3c, Cloud 25%  and later to 50%, 1036mb pressure. First proper frost and having to take ice of windscreen.Cold first thing but pleasant and it was not long before the sun starting shining making it a very nice morning to be out and about. Again the movement never got going probably because for one NNW is not the best wind together with very high pressure tends to block, well that has always been my experience.  I think we will need to get some Easterlies to get things moving here! Skeins of Pink Feet were again showing. All movement SE unless stated otherwise.Chaffinch: 167 (best: 1x10,1x8,2x5)Goldfinch: 13 (4,5,4)Linnet: 20 (one party)Meadow Pipit: 3 (2,1)Alba Wagtail: 4 (1,1,2)Swallow: 13 (1,1,3,4,4)House Mart...

Barnacle Bill

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A family day out today in Southport, but on the way home I noticed a few thousand Pinks on Suttons at Marshside. John Dempsey had also given me a heads up he’d had one of the AGP’s on Crossens Inner so I had a quick turn around at home and went out for a couple of hours. The geese were brilliant – maybe 5,000 grazing on the grass with birds arriving all the time on the fresh northerly and I enjoyed going through them. Only a Barnacle to show for the effort, but it was close in and they are a stunning goose. I always presume these birds that arrive with big Pinks movements are wild. Look at the feathering on its back – superb. A quick trip to the marine lake and the only gull of note was a colour ringed Black-head which looks like its been rung by Kane Brides. Another message that the AGP was still on Crossens O...
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No Migrants For Me….

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....nor any other birds sadly....but I live in hope! Black-tailed Godwit with Ruff. Howard Stockdale.A disappointment in that a record was buried beneath my health scare before I could submit it to my man in Iceland. But I have now recieved the life history of a Black-tailed Godwit seen at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve 5 August 2018, subsequently recorded 31 times in 5 countries including a return to Iceland 4 times.....5 in NW Spain 20053 in W Portugal in 200612 in W Portugal 2007S Iceland on 12 June 20082 W Portugal in 2009 S Iceland on 1 June 2009Netherlands 2 April 2010S Iceland 15 May 2011W Portugal 3 Feb 2014W Portugal 5 Feb 2015S Iceland 23 April 2017W Portugal 2 Feb 2018NW England 5 Aug 2018The bird was ringed YL-GL 13 years ago as a male pulli on 13 July 2005 in S Iceland. 13/07/2005 Iceland,S I...

Knot in odd places… part 2 – The Azores.

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In early September I had a message from a friend near Liverpool with a photo of one of the Knot from Formby.  After a quick exchange explaining it was one from Formby and asking where he had seen it Peter told me it was taken by someone on the Azores!  Yesterday it was seen again a couple of km away from the previous sighting on São Miguel Island.It will be interesting to see what happens to this bird. If it has survived for a couple of weeks there is a chance it could survive long term and perhaps reorientate to find it's way back to the Dee, Mersey and Alt estuaries where it spent last winter.  Time will tell however it certainly needs to update its satnav. What an islandica Knot is doing on the Azores is somewhat of a mystery.  On the Azores Knot occur regularly but in very low numbers.  Give...

Seagrets

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I headed to the Point this morning for first light and was joined by Ian. We had three oktas cloud cover and a 25 mph west-northwesterly wind. Unlike the other day when there was too much southerly, today there was too much northerly!We didn't expect much because of the wind direction, and as such we weren't disappointed, but the morning did have some interest. One of the most interesting/unusual sightings was that of five Little Egrets heading west out to sea and flying between the wave troughs. I have said it several times on here before that being a birder of a certain generation I always delight in seeing Little Egrets, but when they are heading west out to see it is quite spectacular. Where were they going? That is a good question, but as there are so many breeding in the UK now they are probably establishing migratory patterns from br...
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