|Friday 8 October 2010 © BBC|
Diary date: there will be nationally co-ordinated viz-mig counts in a fortnight's time, on the weekend of 23-24 October, and plans are already afoot in the London Area for watches at different sites on both the Saturday and Sunday - for more information watch for updates on http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/londonbirders/.
Updated 9 October from 12:30 hrs:
Did the forecast live up to expectations? In most ways, yes - check the Twitter feed on this blog and you'll see that interesting migrants so far today in London include six White-fronted Geese and a Lapland Bunting, while Redwings are on the move at a number of sites (including up to 100 at Rainham Marshes by mid-morning).
I went to Rainham myself earlier this morning to test the weather theory, and the forecast certainly delivered there - as well as thrushes and Chaffinches clearly moving through, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin and two Goldcrests (rare as hens' teeth at the site this year) were all present and new patch-ticks for 2010, while the Redwings were also my first of the autumn anywhere in Britain.
By 14:00 hrs, further weather-related movements were reported from the Thames, with 17 Brent Geese on the river at Rainham for 25 minutes being the highlight before they flew off downstream, but also a noteworthy Red-breasted Merganser and four Sandwich Terns through Crossness.
|Goldcrest at Rainham today (note the unusual ear extensions).|
149. Lesser Redpoll.