Official launch this Sunday 2nd October with The Urban Birder

David Lindo – The Urban Birder, will be visiting Bristol this weekend to help launch the first official Cabot Tower Bird Study Group urban visible migration and raptor watch session. The session will be c.3 hrs, depending on conditions, kicking off at 6:45.

We are hoping to count meadow pipit and other passage migrants moving south over Bristol and will also be watching for raptors over the city.

We have had mixed results during the preliminary sessions in the last week, with highlights being lots of meadow pipit movement, migrating grey and pied wagtails, a few hirundines (although plenty on Saturday 24th moving down the Avon Gorge to the west), large groups of ravens and plenty of peregrine and sparrowhawk action. This morning, during an hour long watch from 9-10 am, 40 meadow pipits went over, a charm of 40 goldfinch, then 30 mixed gold and greenfinch landed at Brandon Hill, and just as the sun came out at 10 o’clock, a sparrowhawk flew only metres above CT and a buzzard passed over Clifton Triangle, heading into town.

Lots happening at the moment – hopefully luck will be with with us on Sunday!

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4 thoughts on “Official launch this Sunday 2nd October with The Urban Birder

  1. All the best for Sunday, here much of the vis mig at Lutley is on a S/SW heading in the autumn with a lot of migrants probably coming in from the Wash heading to the Severn flyway overland so you never know you could be seeing/counting some of my birds! You should also be getting birds from Eric Simms fabled ‘Cotswold corridor’ converging around Bristol! Thanks for the link!
    All best and happy counting Craig aka Lutley Birder.

  2. Thanks Craig, interesting to see how many hirundines you’re still counting. Will be looking out for your wagtails and hopefully some siskins. David reported redwing in London today, so they are definitely starting to arrive in the south.

    • Hi Des, first confirmed groups of (c8) siskins for us yesterday. Only about 30 total though. Lots more chaffinches than usual too. Will put up full results later today or tomorrow.

      Will add you to the mailing list to keep you informed of planned meetings.

      Sam

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