Sunday, March 13, 2005

Watchpoint 13-03-2005

Members only watchpoint 13-03-2005
Sunday 13th March 2005
0820 - 1045hr
Weather and Sky:
A deteriorating morning, just as yesterday but with initially open skies overdrawing only slowly, brilliant sun, clear, cold, and frosty with temperatures just creeping above zero towards the end. Lying snow appraisal essentially as yesterday, but slightly less on south Dales hills. Wind: initially W F2 @ 0640 hr, increasing WNW F3 by 0830 and NW F3 / 4 by 1045hr. Temp: initially –1 dp –4 @ 0640, then –0 (-2 @ wp) dp –4 by 0830 and still only +3 (-0 @ wp) dp –5 @ 1045hr. Visibility: Leck Fell max NNW, Cleveland Hills max NE, Humber Bridge max E, Lincolnshire Wolds max ESE and remaining similar throughout. Cloud: initially open sky 0ok with milky cirrostratus towards horizons and very little contrailing (a very small amount of altostratus), becoming cumulus humilis / mediocris 2ok, mostly to S and W by 1000hr and continuing to overdraw 4ok by 1045hr. Pressure: more or less static overnight and 1009 throughout am.

Another pretty birdless morning with little moving and empty skies (or maybe I wasn’t up soon enough, see: BS, Cold Edge – before 0800hr). Nevertheless the morning saw the first appreciable movement of alba wagtails here with a total of eleven seen going north during the morning + whatever I missed before 0820hr. No Skylarks today at all, not even the few locals up and singing and only one Meadow Pipit going low > W during the late morning. Starlings were again interesting with a total of 88 going east – west is the normal expected direction here as they disperse from the Bradford roost. Only a few gulls on the move as well. A congregation of 23 Curlew, peak to date was in and around the in-bye. A single Reed Bunting went north later in the morning. Woodpigeon was displaying upon arrival over the wood and a total of five Stock Dove went west during the morning. Generally, here, still a dearth of passerines on the moor.

Moving Birds:
alba Wagtail 11 > N first appreciable move here.
Meadow Pipit 1 > W
Lapwing 31 N and NW
Carrion Crow 12 W and NW
Rook 1 > W
Chaffinch 2 > W
Starling 88 > E
LBB Gull 7 > NW
Common Gull 4 > NW
Reed Bunting 1 > N

Stock Dove 5 > W

Curlew 23
Lapwing 55



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