Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Oxenhope / Watchpoint 31-08-2005

Hi Brian, I spoke too soon – I knew the birds would be mixed in with the weather somewhere! Dave.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Vickers
To: daveb
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:11 PM
Subject: My sightings today

Paul Clough:
1 Redstart (male)
2 Reed Bunting
4 Bullfinch
4 Chaffinch

Nab Water Lane:
8 Wheatear
4 Whinchat

Members only watchpoint: – permit required.
3 Cormorant passing over
350 BH Gulls
50 LBBG,s
3 Common gulls
14 Dunlin
1 Marsh Harrier

The 14 dunlin arrived from the SE at 15.50 circled the S end of the res three times looking to land then flew down the res and departed west. The Marsh Harrier a juvenile bird appeared low over the quarry at 1640hr just as the storm was breaking I was just about to go down the embankment the first spots of rain started to fall, I watched the bird fly down the shore of the res it departed into the gloom SE. I made a quick exit, my luck is holding.

Watchpoint 31-08-2005 eve

Members only watchpoint 31-08-2005 eve.
Wednesday 31st August 2005
1830 - 2030hr
Weather and Sky:
A rapidly deteriorating afternoon, following a humid, hot hazy morning with thunderstorms over Bradford starting c1700hr and continuing to a lesser extent later on. Wind: NW F1 / calm, becoming S F1 / 2. Temp: 18. Visibility: Ingleborough max NNW, 2km max E. Precipitation: none at watchpoint, but edge of secondary storm passed only c1000m to the south-east. Cloud: 7ok strato base, clear to far west, storms clearing gradually eastwards. Pressure: falling quickly all day with 1008 @ 1830hr and 1006hpa by 2030hr. Mist forming over valleys and lying over moors. A very humid evening, but skies clearing from the west suggested the worst is over.

Total clearout by 1830hr, no birds except about ten Lesser blacked Gulls and the local wildfowl. No Meadow Pipits seen or heard but a group of 16 Swallows moving SSE were followed across the black sky. These were the only birds in the sky. Robins heard singing from wood tonight.

Moving Birds:
Swallow 16 > SSE

Beginning of the End! 31st August 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The edge of the storm!!! 31st August 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky tonight - clear to the west. 31st August 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa

Sandwith Moor 30-08-2005 eve

Thanks for that Andy, the difference in directions is interesting. Dave.
----- Original Message -----
From: andy jowet
To: daveb
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:07 PM
Subject: tuesday 30th August 2005

just had a look on the vismig site and if its of any use a steady trickle of mipits, swallows and house martins were going south east over sandwith moor last night - still on the move at 8.10pm


PS no waders on scargill res but a decent build up of gulls (400+)

Oxenhope chats 30-08-2005

Thanks Brian.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Vickers
To: daveb
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:56 PM
Subject: other sightings today

2 Wheatear Fly Flatts Res
10 Wheatear Nab Water lane
5 Whinchat Nab Water Lane

No movement in Paul Clough today, a few Swallow (20+) passing through Nab Water Lane am.