Mainly clear with some low cloud developing. Woodpigeon passage nearly all in first 30 mins. Not as many as last year on the same day (655). Starlings, fieldfares and redwings mainly in groups of 10+ throughout watch. First bramblings (c5) to land, grounded by juv. sparrowhawk. Very late solitary house martin!
VisMig Counts (all SW apart from thrushes which mainly NW)
Woodpigeon – 265
Fieldfare – 63
Redwing – 56
Starling – 90
Chaffinch – 18
Brambling – 12
House martin – 1
Juvenile sparrowhawk and magpies chasing each other around the park..
Peregrines (pair on taller spire) on CCC didn’t seem too bothered by the woodpigeons!..
7:15 am Temp : 5°c Wind: N 2mph / gusts 6mph 1020.6hPa
Pretty clear with light airs. Little to no visible migration (ostensibly due to lack of head-wind to give any lift), but our first redwings of the Autumn moving in all directions. Looks like they must have ridden in high on north-easterlies overnight, over-flown and have been making their way back, generally eastwards during the morning. Plenty stopping to feed on the holly around Cabot Tower.
Last years redwings arrived on the 14th October – exactly 1 week from now on the same day as 2011’s first big wave of fieldfares.
Our first decent count of meadow pipits this Autumn along with the first signs of finches on passage and alba wagtails moving S or SW rather than W. Peregrine pair seen together on the Clifton perches, another seen stooping over Bedminster and a passing early morning great black-backed gull.
Alba wagtail – 42 (mostly white, largest group 8)
Meadow pipit – 363 (largest group 20)
Swallow – 9
Chaffinch – 96 (mostly between 7:30 – 8:00, largest group 9)