Sunday, August 14, 2005

Watchpoint 14-08-2005

Members only watchpoint 14-08-2005
Sunday 14th August 2005
0800 - 1115hr (HC, DCB, RHP)
An improving, then deteriorating morning following early rain, with clearing skies soon heavily overdrawn but with wind reducing and rain approaching from the north. Wind: NW F4 @ 0800, becoming NNW F5 by 0830, slowly swinging north, with N F3 by 1100hr. Temp: 12 @ 0800, 15 by 1100hr. Visibility: Ingleborough / Ferrybridge, both max. Cloud: after clearance of early rain, stratocumulus 5ok, developing stratocumulus stratiformis 7ok by 0930, with visible evidence of approaching rain from north and north-east, with Sandwith Moor, the Barden Fells and Moors and then Halton Height gradually being lost from view. Cloud base often down over Ingleborough and Penyghent but south Dales remaining well dappled with sunlight throughout. Notably for much of the morning, the sky far out over the eastern plane of Yorkshire, remained very bright as seen below our very much lower cloudbase. Pressure: Rising swiftly for the last 6 – 8 hours with 1014 @ 0800, becoming 1017 by 1100hr.

Little early movement but a few pipits were noted going west upon arrival at the second gate, then not much at all until skies became brighter! when Swallows started to be seen in low numbers and interestingly House Martins as well, all generally going west. A couple (2) of Swift also went south-west fairly early on. After the cloud had overdrawn, initially, the stratocumulus stratiformis had a very distinct edge, out to our east and north. Between 0945 and 1015 aligned with this edge a total of ten Swifts were noted, all were moving between west and north-west. All were well up towards the cloudbase. A group of ten Canada Geese were noted going south-west, these could have been returning birds? Anyone else getting Canadas, moving out of context? Despite frequent scans of the shorescape, no wading birds were seen. A family party of Pied Wagtails, still with begging young being fed was seen.

Moving birds:
Swallow 28 > W
Swift 12 > W and NW
Canada Goose 10 > WSW
Meadow Pipit 11 > W
House Martin 12 W

Willow Warbler 2+
Pied Wagtail family
Carrion Crow 15 (mobbing party)
Lesser black backed Gull 55
Black headed Gull 21
Common Gull 2
Mallard 2 (last weeks big numbers all gone)



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