BTO migration blog

Spring and autumn are exciting times for anyone who watches birds. Here on this blog we will make predictions about when to expect migrant arrivals and departures, so that you know when and where to see these well-travelled birds.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Weather slows migration

It's been much quieter this week, more due to the weather than to the end of migration. Migration should continue for at least a couple more weeks yet with the focus turning to the north as some late migrants and overshoots arrive there.

Spotted Flycatchers and Quails have arrived in small numbers this week and there have been some small movements of Swifts and House Martins on the east coast.

Above: Quail by Abbie Marland
On the rarity front, six new Red-footed Falcons were found this week and East Sussex recorded its first ever Pallid Swift. Despite the weather, another three Bee-eaters were reported this week and a single Hoopoe on Lundy, Devon.
It really has been a Red-rumped Swallow spring and another four were reported this week from Scilly to East yorkshire.Putting all these in the shade a Least Sandpiper from North America was found in South Yorks yesterday.

The weather is to remain mixed for the next few days but birds will move whenever the wind drops and a rarity in the northern isles is very much on the cards, and could still prove to be a sparrow from North America.

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