Sunday, May 15, 2005

Unavoidable Distractions at Cold Edge

Unavoidable Distractions............

Many thanks for these wonderful Stonechat photos Brian.
Brian Sumner(c)
Ps, I have merged your photos Brian - hope you dont mind.

Watchpoint 15-05-2005

Members only watchpoint 15-05-2005
Sunday 15th May 2005
0820 - 1035hr
Weather and Sky:
A cool grey static morning with early frost and light variable winds. See Detail Report.

In the skies a bird-less morning with no mid morning Swift or hirundine wave materialising. The only birds still on the move today were the ever pushing Lesser black-backed Gulls, with 27 passing NW, throughout, but mainly towards the end of the watch. No small gulls were seen at all today. A single Dunlin left high > NNW at 0850, seemingly moved on and seen off by an escort of two Lapwings, one of them following it high into the sky. Otherwise just as Brian found, quite a "birdy" morning, with all of the local stuff very much in evidence and taking up much of the interest.

Moving Birds:
Swift 4 > N
Swallow 3 > NWish
Lesser black-backed Gull 27 > NW
Dunlin 1 > NNW


Wheatears 9 to 14-05-2005

Wheatears 9th – 14 th May
All counts relate to Trough Lane and all are from the am period (Rodney Procter).

Monday 9th , 18 Wheatear
Tuesday 10th , 14 Wheatear
Wednesday 11th , 11 Wheatear
Thursday 12th , 3 Wheatear
Friday 13th , Nil Wheatear
Saturday 14th , Nil Wheatear

Again it looks like almost the end of the season.
Very many thanks for the info Rod.

Cold Edge Dams 15-05-2005

Thanks for the report Brian – its looking forward to Autumn now!
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Sumner
To: Dave Barker
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2005 11:50 AM
Subject: [vismig] Cold Edge Dams

Early frost. Cold. W F2-3 good visibility above the low hanging mist in the valley. Full cloud cover.
A good birding morning with plenty activity but next to no movers.
Last Spring VisMig of the season for Cold Edge.

Moving Birds:
6 House Martin > N
22 Swift > N

2 Stonechat
2 Snipe
4 Tufted Duck
1 Common Sand
2 Redshank
+ usual.