Saturday 4th June 2005
1600 – 1745hr
Weather and Sky:
Initially an improving afternoon but wind and cloud later increasing to give lashing rain by 1745hr. Wind: initially W F4 increasing W F5 gusting F7. Temp: 14 dp 10. Visibility: Settle / Drax both max. Cloud: initially stratocumulus 6ok, breaking 4ok with altocumulus lenticularis with some mackerel 3ok, becoming deep cumulus 8ok with rain. Pressure: rising 1008 to 1009.
Virtually no birds in the sky except for the locals all very busy. Post breeding Starling congregations seen from this elevated location, in the various in-byes and rough pastures amounted to seven large groups, each about 100 strong. No definite movement patterns seen, although they had mostly disappeared by the end of the afternoon. Only two Lesser black-backed Gulls and nine Black headeds moved through, all to the north-west.
Birds in the sky:
Lesser black-backed Gull 2 > NW
Black headed Gull 9 > NW