Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Wave Of Crests?

Up and down the land at the moment the talk is of the almost complete absence of Goldcrest this Autumn. Personally I have seen one migrant, anyone else improve on that? So is it weather conditions and are we about to get a 'wave of crests' in the next 48 hours as classic fall conditions hit the East Coast? Or is there another explanation, behavioural change? population decimation in Scandinavia? Anyone have any better theories or even answers?

Edit 21/10. I contacted Julian Bell over in SW Norway and asked him about Goldcrest numbers over there at the moment. Julian replied

"They've been scarce up to about 10 days ago. Although not large numbers they are now more or less eveywhere."

2 comments:

Thing said...

Bar the residents, nothing here. And I should be expecting a couple to arrive soon, hopefully with a winter resident Chiffchaff...

Mark Newsome said...

Same further down the coast in the Whitburn area - only seen occasional single birds this autumn. It feels like years since bushes were dripping with Goldcrests on wet October days. See what happens in the next couple of days...