Since the first big influx of thrushes in mid-October, things have slowed down a little – largely due to the weather remaining pretty mild and stable over the UK and the continent.
Although quiet, the autumn migration has steadily continued with groups of passerines passing over Cabot Tower most mornings, and a few new species have been added to the list including brambling and reed bunting.
This weekend looked like the first window for a while, with high pressure building over the UK and Scandinavia, northerly winds over the North Sea and a cold front moving down from the Arctic into eastern Europe.
To make the most of the conditions, we arranged 2 watches on the mornings of Friday 4th and Sunday 6th, both of which had comparatively quite different results – Sunday was definitely woodpigeon day!
Friday 4th Nov 7:00 – 8:45 11°C SSW 3-8mph (all S / SW unless stated otherwise)
Fieldfare – 147
Redwing – 10
Chaffinch – 44
Goldfinch – 18
Meadow pipit – 8 (first for over a week)
Siskin – 2
Linnet – 2
Pied wagtail – 3
Starling – 15
Woodpigeon – 67 (including single group of 55 SW)
Thrush sp. – 18
Finch sp. – 10
Sunday 6th Nov 7:30 – 9:30 6°C NNE 8-14mph p1021.8hPa
Woodpigeon – 655 all SW
siskin and skylark heard going over high roughly SE
The woodies were mainly passing to the north-west, with some large groups moving south-west down the Severn that were too distant to count without a scope.
Local redwing, fieldfare, mistle thrush and blackbird numbers all much higher than usual, but no significant directional movement – assume that many have arrived overnight.