Having previously mentioned here, my passion for tracking Europe's returning African visitors, I recently attempted an analysis of the latest data from the Gibraltar region. To do this, I reviewed a spreadsheet, set up in previous years that use the First dates of migrant bird sightings, sourced from Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society. Having gone through my seven randomly chosen bird species' arrival dates (on return... Continue Reading →
Some late winter warmth?
Click on the reblogged from Matt Hugo link above for the rest of the post. The effect this upcoming spell of weather will have on Phenology events will be most interesting. Some potentially record-breaking Temperatures could occur in the South of the United Kingdom. Given some sunshine, Bees, Butterflies and Blooms will be the most likely candidates,... Continue Reading →
Not what to expect, come Mid-November!
As if to confirm, a quote I saw on a fellow subscriber's blog, I give you some news. The Nearly half way through November post and it's reference to "the seasons’ constant cycle ignores the diary" seems somehow appropriate, in light of current ornithological sightings. By no means unprecedented, but interesting nonetheless, I will present the following snippets, courtesy of Birdguides.... Continue Reading →
Winter Thrush update and Migration news
Well, things never cease to amaze. The exceptionally warm weather of late September into early October saw five (yes, 5) consecutive date records, in terms of maximum temperatures. Amazing, as that seems, my gut instinct was that the birds (particularly the migrant species) would not be affected by these absurd conditions. The climate is always... Continue Reading →