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6 Oct 2009

Thrush movements.

One thing we commented on on our recent Shetland trip was the lack of winter Thrushes. In previous years we've had plenty of Redwings at least but this year only Blackbirds seemed present in reasonable numbers. A quick search of the various observatoy sites in the northern part of the country reveals the same pattern. Fair Isle have had one, North Ron haven't reported any and neither have Heysham or Walney.I can't find any records on Birdtrack either. With a strong northely bias to the winds you'd expect them to be streaming over from Iceland and Scandinavia. The same applies to Goldcrests - very scarce so far this autumn. Maybe birds are moving later due to the mild conditions in their breeding grounds? Interestingly visible migration watchers at nearby Seaforth have also failed to record any Redwings.

Footnote: Gilroy had 200 Redwings over on 4th October! This must be the biggest flock recorded in the UK to date and I wouldn't be suprised if it was the earliest record for Cheshire this year.



8 comments :

Jason said...

Love it.

Pete Antrobus said...

Who's this Gilroy chap? were the Redwings on a Wizzal seawatch?...

Phil Woollen. said...

I'm saying nothing! Apart from the fact that Gilroy seems to be a birding vortex and attracts the earliest and latest migrants found on the Wirral & Cheshire along with a number or rarities that no one else gets to see as they conveniently disappear.

Jason said...

sounds like somebody else !

Pete Antrobus said...

Same dude has been sniffing around Neumann's Flash me thinks...

Phil Woollen. said...

My lips are sealed................

Markpayne12001 said...

does he own a pair of those kaleidoscope binoculars ? and is he related to Archie's mate Mr Alvecote.

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