Saturday, October 22, 2005

Watchpoint 22-10-2205

Members only watchpoint 22-10-2005

Saturday 22nd October 2005

0730 - 1045hr (DCB, JS)

Weather and Sky:

Friday the previous day – a very wet one with some rain continuing over night. A deteriorating morning with little wind, heavily overcast and with low cloudbase and light rain again by 1115hr. Wind: WNW F3 becoming light and variable to calm towards the end of the watch. Temp: 9 @ 0600hr and similar until 0830hr then 10 by 0945hr and remaining similar for the rest of the morning. Visibility: Elslack Moor / Pudsey. Cloud: stratus and stratocumulus 7ok. Pressure: rising overnight and through morning from trough yesterday tea time of QNH 987hpa to 994hpa by 0630hr and finally 997hpa by 1100hr.

A very poor morning with long periods of empty and quiet skies. Ideal conditions for viewing but hardly anything there to see. Jackdaws the strongest species with parties going both east and west. A late Wheatear was on the wave wall and at least a couple of Brambling went through west with the Chaffinches. A Ring Ouzel was in the fields on the way home.

Goldeneye 1 (first return)

Sparrowhawk 1

Kestrel 1

Curlew 2

Black-headed Gull 12 > SW

Common Gull 11 > S

Lesser Black-backed Gull 11 > S and SW

Stock Dove 5 > NW

Woodpigeon 18 > S

Skylark 2 > W

Meadow Pipit 14 > W and S

alba Wagtail 3 > W and S

Wheatear 1

Blackbird 4 > E

Ring Ouzel 1

Fieldfare 10 > NW

Redwing 82 > NW

Mistle Thrush 3 > NW

Jackdaw 111 > E and W

Carrion Crow 6 > S

Starling 29 > W

Chaffinch 34 > W

Brambling 2 > W

Greenfinch 5 > SW

Reed Bunting 4 > W

Total: 373 individuals, 25 species, 3:15 hours