|Whinchat taken with FinePix S4000|
Monday, 30 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Sea watching off the fort at Brean produced no sea birds just the usual gulls and a few Cormorants presumably commuters to and from Steep Holm. Weather conditions at 7am were 980mB, 85% dew point, 16.5mph south-easterly wind gusts recorded up to 26.8mph and temperatures at 6C wind chill of 2C. Final counts from 6:30 to 12:30: 20 Swift, 113 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Gropper, Redstart, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Siskin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 60 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet, 1 alba wagtail, 20 Willow Warbler.
Monday, 23 April 2012
|Pied Flycatcher video still taken with FinepPix S4000|
Sand Point: 13 Dunlin, Barwit and 9 Whimbrel
Sunday, 22 April 2012
|Coleophora limosipennella case|
Highlights on Brean: 2 Bonxie, 1 Fulmar, 2 Goosander, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear. On the Axe 1 Whimbrel and 44 Black-headed Gull.
Berrow: 1 Lesser Whitethroat along with C.limosipennella case and Lunar Hornet exit hole.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Pied Flycatcher male
Pied Flycatcher female
Conditions were ideal this morning with a 10mph NE wind, 1005mB barometer, 5 celcius, 75% humidity and plenty of low level cloud bringing drizzle most of the morning. 6:30am to 12:50pm: Birds turning up and leaving throughout the period making counting difficult especially the Willow Warblers. Gull numbers picked up from mid-morning and unusually were heading east instead of west. They came in off the sea over the down and out towards the Mendips where multiple sample counts came out at 28 a minute. Counts - 100 Willow Warbler, 25 Chiffchaff, 25 Blackcap, 5 Wheatear, 14 Redstart, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Cuckoo. On the move 1 Merlin, 26 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 4 Tree Pipit.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Elachista rufocinerea from Sand Point yesterday
The lack of cloud cover overnight dropped temperatures to zero degrees by dawn which was foggy at the start from virtually no wind. A small amount of nocturnal activity was noted but vismig was reduced to a trickle:
Brean this AM: 3 Gropper, 1 Redstart, 2 Tree Pipit, 15 Willow Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Swallow
Sand Point: 2 Gropper, 4 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 7 Tree Pipit, 1 Crossbill, 40 Swallow, 3 House Mart, 2 Sand Mart per P.Gregory
Plumley Park: Red Kite over heading towards Worle Hill at 15:48 per Oliver Smart
Thursday, 12 April 2012
Ring Ouzel © Paul Gregory
Sand Point was not without it's fair share of birds during the current glut. All per P.Gregory: Yesterday 2 whitethroats and 3 Tree pipits, plus c6 Willow warblers and 8 siskin. Today, 2 male ring ouzels, gropper, 2 whitethroats (same birds) 2 tree pipits, whimbrel, again about 6 willow warblers but more spread around so could be different birds.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Willow Warbler inspecting a spiders web
Migrants have been few and far between on my patch since the beginning of March and I put the blame firmly on the weather. Fall conditions have been scarce largely due to the long periods of high pressure over the UK. Atlantic lows squeezing the high off to the east on the 15th March allowed a backlog of migrants through on 16th, 17th and 18th March. Next a Low developing in the Mediterranean and Bay of Biscay moved northwards reaching the UK on the evening of 22nd March brought a fall of Chiffchaffs the next day which incidentally went unrecorded on the south coast, an event sometimes recorded on radar in the 50's and 60's. Stubborn high pressure again dominated until nearly the end of the month when it moved west out to sea allowing Low over Scandinavia to move in. Dropping barometer levels, northerly winds and cloud signified the arrival on 31st bringing Portlands biggest fall on record. Sadly the further west you were the less you saw of the action. None of Portlands fortunes were echoed on my patch that day or the next. April started off slightly mixed with QNH quite high until the 8th when a drop to 990mB on 10th caused by a system passing through to the north. With only a 3mB rise today conditions remained suitable and a small fall was noted on the patch which like other sites held little variety perhaps owing to the early time of year.