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matt green
Tuesday 4th July 2006, 13:41
A little early perhaps,but maybe we should start an autumn migration thread
for members to post the subtle begginings of autumn/winter migration?

no doubt the most visible signs will come at the end of july,with waders
such as returning dunlin,sanderling etc on the coast?

as usuall inland sites might take longer to produce passage goodies.

personally...i'm hoping for much better sightings this coming migration period
seeing as last spring was such a non event :flyaway:

matt

Dave B Smith
Tuesday 4th July 2006, 17:51
It's just started here with Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Bairds, Stilt, and Solitary Sandpipers passing through.

Atricapilla
Tuesday 4th July 2006, 18:09
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personally...i'm hoping for much better sightings this coming migration period


matt[/QUOTE]

I was just thinking the same Matt,can't wait for them to start coming back through,hopefully in greater numbers

Jane Turner
Tuesday 4th July 2006, 18:14
I have plenty of returning Curlew and a Grey Wagtail which would constitute autumn passage.

alan_rymer
Tuesday 4th July 2006, 18:43
The first two Teal arrived back last week, along with a passing Gargany and Greenshank.
Its when the Swifts leave that it hits home though!.

CBB
Wednesday 5th July 2006, 11:28
The first two Teal arrived back last week, along with a passing Gargany and Greenshank.
Its when the Swifts leave that it hits home though!.



I always feel the same about the swifts Alan. This year I'm going to try and head off South for a week to catch a Winter 'fix' of swifts.

Chris

Krispo
Thursday 13th July 2006, 17:54
i had about 30 culew flying towards the coast over the M58 on monday and about half an hour ago had 2 over the garden

Steve Lister
Thursday 13th July 2006, 20:07
Autumn passage has been well underway even in deepest Leics/Rutland for a couple of weeks already. Rutland Water has been producing up to 15 Ruff, 11 Green Sandpipers, 23+ Black-tailed Godwits, odd records of mainly dodgey Wood Sandpipers (why do people have such difficulty identifying adult Green Sands?), the first Pintail last Friday, increasing numbers of ducks, and so on.

Steve

Runcorn Birder
Friday 14th July 2006, 13:48
I was on Birdguides the other day planning some migration holiday for the East Coast and I used their excellent "Birdmap" on various dates in early and mid September through the years.

One thing that jumped out at me was, along with the obvious east coast bias, a large number of migratory sightings along the line of the Trent and the surrounding areas as far west as Staffordshire.

This could be fairly well known to a lot of birders but it got me thinking as to whether the Trent is a well-used / accidental navigation tool for migrating birds in both spring and summer, that is relatively underwatched.

Check Birdguides Birdmap for historical sightings and see what I mean.

It would also explain why the likes of Nottingham has so many top species found at such an unlikely non-coastal location.

Recent top birds which, off the top of my head, have been discovered in the vicinity of the Trent Valley:

Belted Kingfisher (which was seen at opposite ends of the River in successive days)
Little Swift
Sora
Bufflehead
Redhead/Canvasback
Blyth's Pipit

Finally, the Trent merges with the Ouse near Blacktoft and ends up at which coastal location ?

Any thoughts ?

Gentoo
Friday 14th July 2006, 19:43
The Black-Headed Grossbeaks have already left. Been seeing a few dowitchers on the mudflats. The Heermann's Gulls are coming back from Mexico now.

Rhonda
Sunday 16th July 2006, 07:04
Autumn used to be my favorite time of year, now where I live it just means we are closer to winter. For every bird that leaves to go back down south it leaves one less for me. Soon I will be left with my friends the Ravens, I'm lucky they're so entertaining.
So here in the soon to be great white north we are starting to see the kids. The Canada and Snow Geese should be flying in a couple of weeks, we are seeing fleglings of all kinds many many gulls, the arctic terns are still sitting on the nests and I haven't noticed any missing species. The warblers are usually the next to leave after the male ducks and they are still here. We actually saw a lesser yellowlegs the other day putting on a courtship display on top of a spruce tree (confused?)
So slow down on the wishing for autumn and remember those of us that must suffer with an empty winter sky until the spring when it comes alive again.
Rhonda

J Jones
Sunday 16th July 2006, 10:38
juv Grey Wag the other day on my fenland Gravel Pit patch- very unusual July bird.

CBB
Thursday 20th July 2006, 21:48
Autumn used to be my favorite time of year, now where I live it just means we are closer to winter. For every bird that leaves to go back down south it leaves one less for me. Soon I will be left with my friends the Ravens, I'm lucky they're so entertaining.
So here in the soon to be great white north we are starting to see the kids. The Canada and Snow Geese should be flying in a couple of weeks, we are seeing fleglings of all kinds many many gulls, the arctic terns are still sitting on the nests and I haven't noticed any missing species. The warblers are usually the next to leave after the male ducks and they are still here. We actually saw a lesser yellowlegs the other day putting on a courtship display on top of a spruce tree (confused?)
So slow down on the wishing for autumn and remember those of us that must suffer with an empty winter sky until the spring when it comes alive again.
Rhonda


I was looking forward to emigrating to Canada. I'm not so sure now. Are you really far North or something?

Chris :eek!:

Johnny1
Saturday 22nd July 2006, 15:30
50+ Blackwits & 20+ mostly male Ruff at Martin Mere yesterday.

Stewart J.
Saturday 22nd July 2006, 15:56
SW Northumberland (inland site)

Small groups of feeding Hirundines and Swifts passing slowly east along River South Tyne durng the week. There are noticeably less Hirundines and Swifts in area.

Most Curlews and Lapwings have now left the hills here in the N. Pennines and there are gatherings of Lapwings at some of the upland Loughs (300+ at Grindon)

Common Sandpiper still present though fewer than last week.

Curlew and Golden Plover heard passing overhead several nights during week.

Stewart

teamsaint
Saturday 22nd July 2006, 21:10
Portland has had some good passage today. Also Sand Martins have been passing in good numbers for about a week there now.
See http://www.btinternet.com/~portlandbirdobs/aa_latestnews.htm for more details.

Jeff hopkins
Tuesday 1st August 2006, 09:01
Ignore the location at left - I'm in southern Taiwan at the moment.

I had the first two waders of my trip here yesterday: a couple of little ringed plovers. They were on a flooded vacant lot next to our plant here. I'm not sure if they're residents or migrants, but I suspect the latter.

The rice paddies behind the plant were good for shorebirds in April, so I'm guessing if things pick up in the next few days, I might see a few more before I leave on friday.

Edit: I just went out to take a look before I left for the day. Three stilts and a couple wood sands were out in the rice fields.

Jeff

Evanji Axu
Tuesday 1st August 2006, 16:14
Well, I saw what other members believed to be a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, which is a winter bird here, although he may have been staying the whole year.

Edward
Tuesday 8th August 2006, 21:05
I saw big numbers of Whimbrels leaving southern Iceland on Saturday. On Monday the auks had virtually all left the cliffs (one Brünnich's Guillemot with chick, half a a dozen Common Guillemot with chicks), whilst last week there were still plenty, and tonight I went for a walk in the mountains around Reykjavik and the hills were alive with the sound of...no in fact they weren't, they were silent. The waders which breed so commonly in the hills are now down by the coast, massing for departure. It also gets dark at night now, a sure sign summer is rapidly ending.

E

Evanji Axu
Tuesday 8th August 2006, 22:25
Recently having Red-Winged Blackbirds and Brown-Headed Cowbirds at my feeder. First time I've had the latter, plus I read that these species migrate with grackles in mixed flocks.

NickPatel92
Wednesday 9th August 2006, 15:47
does anybody know when in the uk terns start to leave?

Rhonda
Sunday 13th August 2006, 16:47
I was looking forward to emigrating to Canada. I'm not so sure now. Are you really far North or something?

Chris :eek!:
I am at 59 degrees latitude in Churchill Manitoba I live in a sub-arctic climate at the edge of the Boreal forest.
Winter temperature a balmy -45 C
But that's not all of Canada, just the great white north so feel free to join us we've got lots of room and we're really nice.
Rhonda

Rhonda
Sunday 13th August 2006, 16:51
I saw big numbers of Whimbrels leaving southern Iceland on Saturday. On Monday the auks had virtually all left the cliffs (one Brünnich's Guillemot with chick, half a a dozen Common Guillemot with chicks), whilst last week there were still plenty, and tonight I went for a walk in the mountains around Reykjavik and the hills were alive with the sound of...no in fact they weren't, they were silent. The waders which breed so commonly in the hills are now down by the coast, massing for departure. It also gets dark at night now, a sure sign summer is rapidly ending.

E
It sounds just like here. Large flocks of European Starlings. the snow geese are back from above the tree line, the Canada's are in the air, huge flocks of Whimbrels left over the past week and I can hear other migrators flying by at night, I haven't seen an Arctic Tern for two days, I am going to miss them all when it's just me and the ravens.
Rhonda

J Jones
Sunday 13th August 2006, 19:02
First signs of movement on the N Norfolk coast today, bumped in to a Pied Fly at Titchwell, and a single Wheatear was prancing around the beach at Snettisham. Also a couple of Barreds in Norfolk today.

gatafrancesca
Monday 14th August 2006, 02:50
Just saw my first black and white warbler today and a golden cheeked warbler almost ten days ago here in southern Mexico.

Francesca Albini
San Cristóbal de Las Casas
Chiapas, Mexico
[email protected]

ESTEBANNIC
Wednesday 16th August 2006, 12:27
First reports here in the Balearic Islands of Willow warblers, Robins, Redstarts and Rollers. All these species are non-breeders here. Very early start this year.....

Cudyll Bach
Wednesday 16th August 2006, 15:22
One very lonely looking Swift over my local town centre (Maesteg South Wales) this morning.

deborah4
Wednesday 16th August 2006, 21:37
One very lonely looking Swift over my local town centre (Maesteg South Wales) this morning.

ditto

well not S Wales, E. Sussex

J Jones
Wednesday 16th August 2006, 22:58
On my inland patch here in south Lincolnshire, various things coming through, with the most notable being a real increase in flava wags in the last 3 days - large numbers heading through south in small flocks. Also good numbers of Swifts on 14th, massive numbers of House Martins going through, and also the first Wheatear here of the autumn, messing around catching flies on the gravel workings.

gmax
Thursday 17th August 2006, 09:53
... large numbers heading through south in small flocks..

Good news |:P| - at my local patch larger numbers of ducks of any kind are starting to appear, most of them still in eclipse plumage (last week there were + or - 40-50, this morning, after being frightened by something, hundreds of them flew off and filled the sky, almost countless); more snipes are around and I spotted the first avocet since last Spring, a juvenile probably (brown plumage); bee-eaters are gathering as well and fly here and there 'whistling' - further descriptions in the days to come ...

Evanji Axu
Thursday 17th August 2006, 11:36
Seen a few hummingbirds buzz about the past few weeks - all females. I surmise the males have gone to stake out their winter territories?

matt green
Friday 18th August 2006, 16:15
just been told of a group of fifteen whimbrel flying over whitlingham country park (east norwich) this afternoon,heading west!

may have come from breydon via the river yare valley?

matt

Woodchatshrike
Friday 18th August 2006, 16:20
Good number of Aquatic Warblers at the moment throughout the country.

robbie_d_e
Saturday 19th August 2006, 10:24
A couple of mates say thay saw 4 fieldfares on the 5 of August, here in north wales.

Marcus Conway - ebirder
Saturday 19th August 2006, 10:28
A couple of mates say thay saw 4 fieldfares on the 5 of August, here in north wales.

Wow that would be an exceptional record.

dbradnum
Saturday 19th August 2006, 11:13
First Whinchat of the autumn for me today - rather unexpectedly at my local reservoir (KGV) in London!

jpoyner
Saturday 19th August 2006, 11:23
Wow that would be an exceptional record.

Though they do breed in small numbers in Scotland so could have been just UK birds on the move (Though guess Wales could have breeders?). There was a flock of over 30 birds seen regularly late summer near Inverness a few years ago.

John

TinaCat
Saturday 19th August 2006, 15:24
The starlings are starting to flock up here in the northern mid-west and the geese are taking their grown goslings on longer flights out of Lake Erie.

Atricapilla
Saturday 19th August 2006, 18:35
Three new species arrived on the saltmarsh in the last couple of days,hope there's more to come.

nctexasbirder
Sunday 20th August 2006, 03:03
saw a Yellow Warbler today...yellow warblers being reported migrating today through TX

JRE
Monday 21st August 2006, 10:05
20 Greenshank, Green Sand, 2 Barwits, 300 Blackwits, Swift, 200 Redshank, 200 Dunlin, Reed Warbler, Gargeney, Osprey, LR Plover, 10 Common and 15 Sandwich Terns, Brent Goose, 3 Whimbrel, and 20 Curlew. All at Bowling Green Marsh, Devon, 14 August.

JRE
Monday 21st August 2006, 10:24
4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs in the garden.

gareth2005
Monday 4th September 2006, 14:16
First Fieldfares spotted here ( North Louth, Ireland )on the 31 August

Atricapilla
Monday 4th September 2006, 14:25
Alpine swifts coming back through by the shed load

Evanji Axu
Monday 4th September 2006, 14:29
Sanderlings about in winter plumage. According to my guide, they are winter visitors only...though I saw them in breeding plumage a few months back. WTF?

J Jones
Monday 4th September 2006, 22:24
Sanderlings about in winter plumage. According to my guide, they are winter visitors only...though I saw them in breeding plumage a few months back. WTF?

Don't always rely on the bird books! There are almost always summer stragglers.

mothman
Friday 29th September 2006, 08:59
Spotted a flock of Redwings and Fieldfares passing over Burbage Wilts yesterday.

matt green
Saturday 30th September 2006, 19:02
tonight i heard this years first inland golden plover..

calling/contact cry from the middle of a muddy field somewhere in south norfolk!

matt

J Jones
Saturday 30th September 2006, 22:07
Spotted a flock of Redwings and Fieldfares passing over Burbage Wilts yesterday.

Well done on the Fieldfares. Think these are the first reported so far this autumn!

kas
Sunday 1st October 2006, 08:48
Hooray

The long-tailed ducks are back. :D

Now Edward where are those Whoopers????

Andrew Whitehouse
Sunday 1st October 2006, 09:02
Hooray

The long-tailed ducks are back. :D

Now Edward where are those Whoopers????

Saw a Long-tailed Duck myself yesterday Kas. No Whoopers yet though.

Penny Clarke
Sunday 1st October 2006, 09:51
2 lots of redwings yesterday (Saturday 30th), 22 and then 15 over Snettisham Coastal Park between 7.45 and 1pm. 3 chiff chaffs + 2 blackcaps. Hundred + housemartins and same of swallows. Lots of goldfinches and Greenfinches. 1 whitethroat, 1 grey wagtail.

Collster
Sunday 1st October 2006, 10:01
had seven ring ousels and a blackredstart moving through

kas
Sunday 1st October 2006, 16:10
Saw a Long-tailed Duck myself yesterday Kas. No Whoopers yet though.


Our county recorder got 6 Whoopers on 24/9 here in Caithness, also a flock of Barnacle geese flying south down the east coast of the county on the same day.

He also confirmed my 5 Slavonian grebes I saw on the 28/9 will most probably be migrants from Iceland.

Sue Wright
Monday 2nd October 2006, 21:09
What appears to have been the last of the Martins and Swallows were spotted on Thursday, nothing since.

Wonderful to see sightings reported of Winter Thrushes already though, great news Colin and Gareth.

Sue.

Collster
Thursday 5th October 2006, 12:56
saw three housemartins yesterday

Bish
Thursday 5th October 2006, 18:47
2 Swallows passing through here today

Regards Bish. :t:

Atricapilla
Thursday 5th October 2006, 19:26
Only one swallow diving around the villa this morning,I think the thunderstorm the other night made up their minds to leave.

terryeyre
Friday 6th October 2006, 09:00
not seen any winter thrushes here yet

Mike Feely
Friday 6th October 2006, 22:15
Saw 8 Fieldfare flying over tuesday mornnng, but no Redwings yet - presumably the strong southerlies and recent warm weather have delayed thier arrival. I also wonder if there is an abundance of berries in Scandinavia (like here) which is keeping them fed?

Saw 2 House Martins over the garden last sunday - none since, still plenty of Chiffchaffs around though. Oh and a Willow Warbler in woods on way to work yesterday.

danehower
Friday 6th October 2006, 23:30
Saw my first White-throated Sparrow a week ago. Welcome back "old sam peebody " ! Waiting on the Dark-Eyed Junkos ....

steveo
Saturday 7th October 2006, 16:03
Got Juncos on mt. Mansfield Vermont and many types of sparrows white crowned, white throated, song, american tree, tanagers on the suet, Geese over head.

delia todd
Saturday 7th October 2006, 16:08
Two Swallows flew into Murton Nature Reserve near Forfar today.

The first I've seen up here for a couple of weeks.

Also c1000 Pink Feet flying through Strathmore, most of them heading SW, probably more for Vane Farm

D

matt green
Saturday 7th October 2006, 18:24
over my patch tonight..

a small group of eight golden plover flew over just before dusk..first of many!

this is an inland sighting.

matt

matt green
Friday 13th October 2006, 22:28
Over my patch tonight,the first of this years winter lapwings (30+)

Despite there being many in the broads and coastal spots,it's always nice when my inland flocks return..

Also a trickle of golden plovers can be heard at dusk calling.

matt

BGuy
Friday 13th October 2006, 22:45
About 300 Lapwing on my local (inland) patch today - first really large flock. Also, 7 Redwing, c40 Teal, 5 Wigeon, a male Merlin and a Jack Snipe, plus 95 Common Snipe flushed from an extensive bog. Winter is nearly here!

kas
Friday 13th October 2006, 22:58
The migrant Greylags have arrived here now, with more whoopers, loads of redwing, lots more Long-tailed ducks, Goldeneye and many large Lapwing/G.plover flocks.

Sue Wright
Friday 13th October 2006, 23:17
About 300 Lapwing on my local (inland) patch today - first really large flock. Also, 7 Redwing, c40 Teal, 5 Wigeon, a male Merlin and a Jack Snipe, plus 95 Common Snipe flushed from an extensive bog. Winter is nearly here!

Good to hear about the Redwing B, the Teal and Snipe (both types) too, we've been looking out for Redwing on the nearest patch to us that we're always used to seeing them at, but nothing so far; counting the days though. Have yet to see a Jack Snipe but maybe this year!!

All the best with more good sightings B,

Sue.

timwootton
Monday 16th October 2006, 09:00
does anybody know when in the uk terns start to leave?Hi Nick - I guess it depends on where you live - here in Orkney the terns have been gone for 2 weeks now. We're seeing the last of the swallows trickle south and we have large numbers of redwings already in. This morning, though, was the surest sign that 'autumn' is well and truly here (we don't do much of an autumn - we get straight on into winter, or so it seems) - a pair of shelduck on the beach in front of the house. Just back from moult-migration, they look splendid in the morning sunlight. Wigeon are here en-masse, bonfire night around the corner - and then . . . soon be spring!

Sue Wright
Monday 16th October 2006, 23:29
A beautiful flock of about 200 Wigeon seen here on Saturday Tim, a sight for sore eyes for certain! A lovely time of year.

Sue

kas
Friday 20th October 2006, 18:41
14 Common Scoters, 13 RB Megnsers, 30 Long-tailed ducks, 150 Greylags flying in from off shore, 1 Scaup and a Surf Scoter (which I dipped) in Dunnet bay, North Scotland today.

rokermartin
Friday 20th October 2006, 20:57
Its been poor so far on the east coast for falls of migrants ,no really big numbers of thrushes yet or Woodcocks arriving.Very poor also this October for Pallas's Warblers.We have had a few skeins of Pink footed Geese flying south on a few days in my area .But we have still got about 3 weeks of autumn migration left so you never know things might get better.First 2 weeks of November can be good.

kas
Friday 20th October 2006, 21:09
A Pallas's up here last weekend. Dipped it though.

hannu
Saturday 28th October 2006, 12:27
3300 local Smews in Estonia, lake Vőrts in 20th October 2006 (European record?)

rokermartin
Saturday 28th October 2006, 19:03
Excellent views of a Daurian Shrike at Cresswell Northumberland today also 1900 Little Auks past the Farne Islands today and small numbers passing elsewhere on the north east coast.

Gill Osborne
Saturday 28th October 2006, 19:27
Excellent views of a Daurian Shrike at Cresswell Northumberland today...

Good news that it's still there - I'll hopefully catch up with it tomorrow afternoon after work at 1pm.


...1900 Little Auks past the Farne Islands today and small numbers passing elsewhere on the north east coast.

LOL I must have had the small number - a single bird flying south at Holy Island! AND it had the nerve to be seen by somebody else and missed by me!!!! I think I'll pop over to Seahouses tomorrow and give a week's wage to Billy Shiel to take me out to look for Auks! :-O Yes, I AM that desparate to see one of these darned birds! :stuck:


On the good side: Dozens of Redwing & Blackbirds, a single Fieldfare, a single Swallow and three Snow Buntings just coming in off the sea today at Holy Island.

rokermartin
Sunday 29th October 2006, 14:42
Still small numbers of Little Auks passing the east coast today .

luke
Sunday 29th October 2006, 17:36
saw my first feildfare of the winter this evening, 5 of them came into roost with about 80 redwing in a small plantation.

JRE
Monday 30th October 2006, 13:17
270 Redwings near Malton, York, yesterday. Also 5 Fieldfares and large numbers of Skylarks, Linnets, and Meadow Pipits.

rokermartin
Monday 30th October 2006, 14:50
Should be excellent on the east coast this week for Little Auks with strong Northerly winds according to the forecast. Still a few Little Auks today passing off the east coast.

Collster
Thursday 2nd November 2006, 17:17
flock of a couple of hundred fieldfare overflying the neath valley this afternoon

Blaumeise
Thursday 9th November 2006, 23:31
I went down to Northern Indiana last Suday with a few friends to watch the Sandhill Crane migration. We estimated about 6,500 in the particular field we were watching that day. I uploaded some pictures to the gallery.