Weather With A Capital W!

Saturday, September 23rd 2017

The Weather has played an important part in species recording this year.  The flower walkers are a pretty tough group and go out in most weathers but even they had to postpone one walk due to heavy rain.  Trying to complete CES was exceedingly difficult due to wind and rain, but by careful weather watching we managed not to miss a single day, although we did have some interesting times.

Meadow Pipts fly south and arrive at the Crater between mid August until the begining of October and we head there when it is still and dry, which is not too often.  No wind forecast until later.  Beautiful sunrise.

Sunrise at the Crater

Even looking west -ish the mist did not look too bad.

Looking west-ish

However we should not have been lulled into a sense of false security as all the ringers had driven through mist on their journeys.  Within minutes of putting the nets in the mist arrived.

Arriving mist

It did not go away!  The bird ringers appeared out of the mist.

Bird ringers appearing out of the mist

Quite often on a misty day many birds can be caught, but not today.  There were not even many flying around, which left us wondering if they had all moved south.  Some species have migrated early.

Although misty it was the right sort of mist!  It coated spider webs with tiny droplets of water and this one was fantastic.  Each piece of silk leading away and off the photo was anchoring the web in many different directions.  Little chance of it breaking away.  No sight of the spider.

Spider's web

Thank you to everyone who helped this morning.


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