Thursday, 9 November 2017

#Nocmig first results

After 2.5 nights (I accidently knocked the mic out of the recorder at 11pm last night) of "nocmigging" - nocturnal migration recording, I thought I'd post my results so far:

I've already recorded 1 (probably 2) species not previously recorded from the garden, Dunlin and probably Little Owl, a single call of one early evening on fireworks night (perhaps disturbed by fireworks?). Although not strictly nocmigging (as these were post-dawn) I'm also really pleased to have recorded Hawfinch and Brambling.

Dunlin - amazingly on 3 of 3 nights so far. Calls at 18:00, 23:10 & 04:00.




Little Owl


Hawfinch


Bramblings

At this time of year winter thrushes are pouring in to the country therefore it wass not unexpected that the commonest/most vocal night migrants at the moment are of course Redwing, followed by Blackbird and then Song Thrush.

Other birds I've recorded in last 3 nights include:

Snipe (2)
Grey Heron (2)
Teal (1)
Mallard (2)
Fieldfare (1)
Chaffinch (1)
Mistle Thrush (1)
Robin (1 presumed migrant, unusual call + residents)
Tawny owl (resident)
Blue Tit (one called at 01:00, weird)

Tuesday (07/11/17) night was particularly busy with totals as follows:

17:08-18:36 – Dunlin  1, Redwing 5 (3.4/hr)
18:40-20:55 – Redwing 20 (8.9/hr), Blackbird 9 (4/hr)
20:55-23:10 – Redwing 217 (96.4/hr), Blackbird 62 (27.5/hr), Song Thrush 7, Mallard 2, Fieldfare? 1
23:10-01:25 – Redwing 160(71.1/hr), Blackbird 20(8.9/hr), Chaffinch 1
01:25-02:13 – Redwing 24 (30/hr), Blackbird 8 (10/hr)
02:16-04:30 – Redwing 90 (40/hr), Blackbird 43 (19.1/hr)

Totals RE 516, B. 142, ST 9, MA 2, DN 1, CH 1, FF1

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