Tuesday, 13 March 2012


It's that time of year again; green shoots are emerging from the ground, insects are stirring, the days are getting longer. Yep, it can only mean one thing: vismigging! Or, more appropirately: SoLomigging.

SoLomig 2012 is gearing up for action. By way of a recap (and introduction) SoLomig is run by a couple of guys from South London who love birds and like recording the comings and goings in the local area. The Ridge at Crystal Palace Park SE26 provides a great vantage point for doing jut this. Last year we heard that a sizeable area of scrub on the ridge was being ear-marked for clearance and we reckon it could be a pretty important area for birds, some resident species but especially migrants 'stopping off'. Since it is largely South-facing it's a good spot for watching incoming birds so that's what we do for a couple of weeks during the 'peak' spring migration period. Last year, fly-overs were restricted to House Martins and Swallows but we also turned up newly arrived Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff. That still aint bad for Sarf London! This year, a Wheatear is my target. But who knows what'll turn up? Watch this space.

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