First there was the hooley, it wasn't so bad here, and it coming from the north the house was sheltered. Taking the pony into the field I struggled to make progress though, two steps forward and one back. Then there was the snow; Saturday night. So yesterday, before various trips to the airport - plane takes off, plane breaks, plane goes back to Glasgow, flight cancelled, replacement bus service to Edinburgh, flight from Edinburgh in the evening.... I walked the hound at Marwick. I was hoping for WW gulls but there weren't any. Indeed there were relatively few gulls of any description. There was snow on the beach though, which I kind of like, photographically.
|More pix at https://themanydays.blogspot.com/ shortly.|
|Hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow somewhere in the mid-dark - dark crow categories - http://literateherringthisway.blogspot.com/p/hoodie-carrion-crow.html.|
|Adult Herring Gull.|
At home I'd looked out on a flurry of finches under the feeders, some 60 Chaffinch, 15 or so Brambling and the usual Greenfinches and Goldfinches in attendance. I didn't have time to check the birdcrop with all the toing and froing. However, a Woodcock under the trees was just the second of the autumn.
|Not the best images but you get the idea.|
There was a post on another blog I follow about the lack of Greenfinch at feeders of late. This prompted me to have a play with Birdtrack and download some graphs. If you keep consistent data from a site Birdtrack is a very useful tool, although I have a suggestion or two about different graphs that would be useful to generate. So slightly clumsily here is some comparitive data from my main recording area.
|The scales are slightly different, so caution, but the pattern is obvious, I could fill in the gaps with all the years, but it makes it harder to see, trust me, they just reinforce this pattern of decline.|
|Greenfinch, peak count per week 2013.|
|Greenfinch 2021 so far.|
This late autumn peak is a consistent feature, however, the numbers for the rest of the year for the last three years have been low. I need to make a clever line graph, unfortunately Birdtrack doesn't generate that automatically from the menus.
|Female Stenophylax permistus from Yorkshire, October.|
|Male Stenophylax permistus from Orkney, August.|