Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Watchpoint 13-09-2005 eve

Members only watchpoint 13-09-2005
Tuesday 13th September 2005
1910 - 2015hr last light (DCB, MD + others)
Weather and Sky:
A fresh evening with strengthening wind and increasing cloud. Wind: SW F5, reducing F3. Temp: 14. Visibility: Settle / Ferrybridge. Cloud: 2ok (some wonderful lenticular formations) – a clear and poor sunset. Pressure: falling quite quickly throughout the day, 1018hpa.

Arrival too late and a little too windy but at least six Meadow Pipits seen going west. Four Curlew still around and in to roost. Well dark when leaving.
The sky tonight 13th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
A low moon in the south (c) Posted by Picasa

Paul Clough 13-09-2005

Many Thanks Shaun, I really envy your early starts, something which will become more and more productive as the season progresses!! Have you got a camera to snap up the sunrises? Dave.

----- Original Message -----
From: Shaun Radcliffe
To: daveb
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:01 PM
Subject: vis mig

Hello David
Yes, I made it to Paul Clough again today. Only a hint of movement but a glorious sunrise!

6.30 - 7.00
House Martin
Meadow Pipit (MP) 17
Swallow 2

7.00 - 7.30
MP 24
Swallow 19
Siskin 10

7.30 - 8.00
MP 13

8.00 - 8.30
MP 7
Swallow 8

MP 61,
Swallow 29,
Siskin 11.

In the clough, Blackcap & Bullfinch heard, also Sparrowhawk patrolled again. An unlucky Kestrel was mobbed by 17 Corvid. Wrens & Chaffinch also in clough.Hope to go again next week.

Kex Gill 13-09-2005

Mipits and Linnets – Kex Gill.
----- Original Message -----
From: andy jowett
To: daveb
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:07 PM
There were literally thousands of mipits going through and loafing around at Kex Gill this am.

A few small parties of Redpoll and Siskin went over as did 2 grey and 3 pied wags.

I have several pictures of mipits which I will send when ive downloaded them from camera.

All birds were going west - there was also a swallow west - the fact that there were so many mipits was great but it kept me so busy as I was on my own that I had little time to watch the skies. Normally the tape lure is on continuous but it was never on more than 3 minutes owing to the sheer mass of birds. I had 8 birds in the net within 30 seconds. Obviously you have to restrict the amount of birds caught in relation to the amount of ringers present. A real "autumy" feel which is what its all about. Linnet was a site tick as far as ringing goes - the flock was probably the largest ive ever seen up there.

Very many thanks for your superb pictures of mipits and the Linnet in the hand. I will certainly use and upload on to weblog later on tonight. It helps us none initiated to get a sniff of the wonderful world of ringing at a visible migration watchpoint as well as showing off the fine plumage details difficult to appreciate fully in the field. Any more photos of vis species in the hand (or in the field, or even in the air!!) would be very much appreciated.
Very many thanks

Here below are Andy’s photos:
Meadow Pipit Kex Gill (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Meadow Pipit Kex Gill (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Meadow Pipit Kex Gill (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Meadow Pipit Kex Gill (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Linnet Kex Gill (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa