Sunday, July 24, 2005

A Plea for information on common birds

A Plea For Information on common birds.
During this transitional period from Summer to Autumn, the dispersal and associated movement of nearly all species of common birds is not well known.

For example where do Skylarks go when they disappear (vanish) from the moors in mid July, to when presumably a different origin of birds start passing through in numbers during September? The same applies to the pipits and………

With continually watching and counting moving birds with equal effort throughout the year we are now beginning to pick up the often sparse clues to these long standing local puzzles! One very important thing is to learn where your local birds roost along with how they both entre and leave in the morning.

There really is countable local movement of birds throughout the year in Bradford!!!
Because these species are generally common, they are often ignored by the watches and not reported at all. They are even more ignored by most websites, which seem to dwell on the less common species only.

These visible migration / movement pages are specifically for the benefit and inclusion of these more common species of bird. So if you note the very obviously increasing congregations or minor movements of whatever the species may be. PLEASE JOT THEM DOWN AND SEND IN A MAIL TO ME, for inclusion in these pages. All, as described above, is of interest and will be included within the pages, with full credit. If you should have any photographs, then so much the better! It is these minor dispersal’s which will build into the mass visible migrations of autumn and early winter – so why not get out and start to practice now, in preperation. Whether you see movement / congregation from your window (lucky), garden, or just from where you watch birds - let me know! Even birds away from their breeding haunts (showing dispersal) are of interest. For instance a conversation with Keith Moir this morning revealed that he had had a Redstart juv, mear the watchpoint here on 21st July (just a few days ago). It all fits together, for another instance a conversation with Rod Procter this morning revealed that on most days last week he had noted Linnets trickling west through the Leeshaw area of Oxenhope, obvious dispersal. In addition, yesterday he counted about fifty Meadow Pipits congregating in one small area along Lee Lane, with many more loosely in the general area. Also, most interestingly Swifts, going east were noted above Oxenhope yesterday afternoon (23rd), this tying in with the approaching weather pattern of today.


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