Sunday, July 31, 2005

Watchpoint 31-07-2005

Members only watchpoint 31-07-2005
Sunday 31st July 2005
0850 - 1130hr
Weather and Sky:
A gradually improving morning with reducing wind, cloud but remaining cool. No sun. Wind: initially NNW F4 @ 0730, becoming N F3 by 0900, later reducing N F1, before picking up N F3 again in conjunction with reducing cloud and brightness approaching from east. Temp: initially 11 dp 7, reducing 10 dp 7 by 0900 before picking up 12 dp 7 by 1130hr. Visibility: >Leck Fell / >Drax. Cloud: low stratus throughout becoming stratocumulus and then cumulus mediocris to and from east. Pressure: rising overnight with 1013 @ 0730 and 1014 by 1115.

Again totally empty skies for long periods of the morning, only picking up for a brief interlude of a very few Swifts and Pied Wagtails both going NE between 1030 and 1100hr. Otherwise a single broadly compact group of c70 Swallows were noted beyond the south corner of the reservoir at 0930hr, on the move and continuing over the in-bye and away south-west. Otherwise three Curlew > west in one group, two Oystercatchers south and a Dunlin (not the one in the photograph appended to this mail, which is in Summer plumage) on one of the islands, which may ultimately have left were the only waders. Generally speaking since last weekend the post breeding flocks of Curlew, Lapwing several Common Sands, Meadow Pipits, Linnets have all moved on with virtually none to be seen. Generally despite Brian (at Cold Edge) constantly telling me about frequent groups of Swift dropping in to his site, before moving on east, very few were seen here, with no earlies at all. With regard to gulls a small group of four Common Gulls, first heard yicking on approach dropped in at c0940 before moving on NW quickly.

Moving Birds:
Swallow 74 > SW incl one group of 70
Swift 15 > NE
Oystercatcher 2 > S
Curlew 3 > W
Pied Wagtail 8 > NE
Grey Wagtail 1 > NE
Common Gull 4 > NW

Lesser black backed Gull 120
Black headed Gull c200
Herring Gull 2 (not YLHG)
Common Gull 2
Greenfinch, Goldfinch
Dunlin 1

Dunlin in Summer (c)DCB



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cracking photo Dave,

July 31, 2005 3:46 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Thanks for that Brian.

July 31, 2005 10:01 pm  

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