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Old Wednesday 6th December 2017, 07:47   #1
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November 2017 at Gramborough

THREE MONTHS (approaching 3½) OF ALMOST UNREMITTING WESTERLIES

Here endeth the worst ever autumn in my almost twenty years of watching The Hill. A couple of highlights could hardly make up for the dearth – for some species, complete absence – of common migrants. In addition, despite countless hours listening ‘up’ and looking deliberately at the sky, no Whores of Finches flaunted themselves to anyone of my cognisance W of The Quags – they must have been sucked into some vortex.

Never again, in the field of human birding . . . ! Looking at the forecast, nothing from the East will ever come and worship . . . And we don't have a stable.

I really can’t be bothered to recount all the dross and could hardly work up the energy needed to draft this post.

There was a GREAT SNIPE on 4th.

A Swallow on 3rd. And various seagulls, variously.
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Old Wednesday 6th December 2017, 08:10   #2
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Quiet was it John ?????

Birds of any sort scarce up here on Orkney. No falls - apart from the thrushes - days of winds from the East in both Spring and Autumn with nothing turning up. And that includes sp like Pied Fly, Redstart, Whitethroat etc etc., saw one of each all year !!

Have bird populations dropped or are migration routes shifting ????????

There's always next year . . . . . . . .
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Birds of any sort scarce up here on Orkney. No falls - apart from the thrushes - days of winds from the East in both Spring and Autumn with nothing turning up. And that includes sp like Pied Fly, Redstart, Whitethroat etc etc., saw one of each all year !!

Have bird populations dropped or are migration routes shifting ????????

There's always next year . . . . . . . .
I hope !

There were thrushes - but I saw no Rousels.

Spring was, if anything, marginally better.

I leave the answer to your question to those of different academic expertise than I.
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