|Posted on October 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM|
birds : Well there wasn't a Parula on Pleinmont this morning and it was quite disappointing to be honest, but I did see a species that I'd not previously seen before in Guernsey. However, since it was Grey Partridge, I was hardly punching the air in delight - put down for shooting no doubt, and there were also 3 Red-legged Partridges in the same area. At first light there was plenty happening with lots of Skylarks and Chaffinches passing through, along with some Fieldfares and plenty of Woodpigeons and a single Snipe. When this initial passage had finished it was clear that there were very few grounded birds. There were at least 6 Firecrests in the valleys but little else apart from the odd Chiffchaff and Blackcap. The local Bullfinches were unusually showing well but too distant for any decent photographs.
Visible migration at Pleinmont can be somewhat confusing with birds seemingly passing over in random directions. Today most of the Skylarks and Chaffinches were coming in from the West from over the sea, most of the thrushes were arriving from the East and there were many Woodpigeons and the Snipe coming from the North. The annotated map below shows my thoughts on why this occurs.
Categories: 2009 Autumn