14th November 2018 Late Swallows

A clear morning with the continuation of strong SW winds which have dominated the situation here for the last 4 days.


The surprise highlight this morning were 2 juvenile Swallow heading west into the prevailing wind. I think these are my latest ever in the UK. Not quite the aerodynamically adapted, ariel feeders I was hoping to see this morning.  c150 Goldfinch also followed in the same direction in several small groups. Goldcrest numbers are gradually ebbing away from last weeks deluge. although the Treecreeper remains in Belle Tout Wood.

With very favourable conditions over the next few days, and Redwing already moving over town by 7pm hopes are high the autumn is not finished yet. It’s not every year I’m heading out in mid-November with such enthusiasm but it’s been a welcome extension of the birding autumn.


Weather chart for 15th Nov. 2018


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