Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Swallows heading out North West.... Seen this many times before.... Why North West?

0645hrs- 0730hrs. Beautiful on arrival then within 15minutes completely blanketed in fog.. Just managed to records a few... all South unless stated. Birds: Meadow Pipit: 12, Swallow 4, Pied Wagtail 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Linnet 3 plus audible party missed, Siskin at least 3 audible parties missed, Goldfinch two audible parties missed, Chaffinch 2, Twite 1.... 0900hrs - 1100hrs. Although the fog had 90% cleared plus the wind had grown a little stronger to SE 6mph, the movement momentum had already gone, unless you get the weather first thing, you struggle for passage numbers to pick up later..... Birds: Meadow Pipit: 26, Linnet 28 (20 party plus 8NW) plus a audible party not seen. Goldfinch: 7 (4W) Siskin: 1W plus audible party not seen. Swallow: 26 (2 parties of 10 went out North West), Pied Wagtail: 1, Goosander: 1 NW, Chaffinch: 1, Mistle Thrush: 1, Stock Dove: 2, Starling 2 NW, Kestrel 1 probably local, BHG: a pair heading NW over Martin Croft..
(Click over photo of viewpoint directional map South from Panopticon)