Saturday, September 24, 2005

Photos of flying birds?

Have you any photos of flying birds? Especially the vis species, difficult to capture but well worth the effort. If you have, and wish to share them then please send and full credit will be given.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Have you any images of flying birds? (c) CRR Posted by Picasa

Paul Clough 24-09-2005

If anyone reading this was watching Paul Clough this morning it would be very interesting to know what was moving. All very easy now all you have to do is to click on the "comment" button below and just type a message in for all to see! We could see the cars but not the birds!!

Very many thanks in anticipation,

Anyone with any info about birds on the move elsewhere are very welcome to do the same.

Kex Gill 24-09-2005 and Goldies

Interesting Theo, especially the Goldies. Any one else had Goldies on the move or in new places today as it seems as if there may well have been a big arrival from Iceland today. Dave.

----- Original Message -----
From: Theo Kuechel
To: David Barker
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 5:00 PM
Subject: Kex 24th

Hi Dave
May be of interest for vismig page (special ref to Golden Plover and Jay)

Golden Plover 14 SE
Grey Wag 1 W
Mipit steady trickle small parties E all morning
Jay 2 E
Swallow 2
Green Woodpecker 1
Sparrowhawk 2 (1 ringed)
Great tit small numbers 3 ringed
Chiffchaff 2+ (2 ringed)
Chaffinch birds dropping in all morning (40+)
Present numbers (5 ringed)

present Theo, Andy & Ian Court

Long Nab 24-09-2005

Many Thanks for this information to Rod Procter, Dave
Long Nab 24-09-2005
0845 – 0945hr (RHP)
Meadow Pipit (Sample) 66 > SE in 20 minutes = c198 > SE
Wheatear 1
Whinchat 2

Denholme Clough 24-09-2005

Many thanks to Simon Johnson and Mark Doveston for these counts. Dave

Denholme Clough 24-09-2005
Saturday 24th September 2005
0645 - 0900hr (SJ, MD)
Weather and Sky:
Similar to watchpoint, again with open skies from first light.

Moving birds:
Goosander 41 > NE
Swallow 10 > NW
Meadow Pipit 35 > S
Redpol 12 > SW
Jay 4 > S, 2 > NW = total 6 (all before 0800hr)
Siskin 4
Mistle Thrush 18 > SE
Chaffinch 20 > S
Greenfinch 17 > S
Pied Wagtail 8 > S
Linnet 11 > SW
Kestrel 1 > SE

Simon Johnson and Mark Doveston.

Watchpoint 24-09-2005

Members only watchpoint 24-09-2005.
Saturday 24th September 2005
0725 - 1100hr (DCB, JS, HC and later MD, SJ)
Weather and Sky:
A fair weather morning following an early hard frost, lying in the hollows until c0845hr. Open skies with no significant cloud and little early wind. Wind: W F2 @ 0600hr, becoming calm by 0730, then light and variable until 0945hr, when picking up E F3 and finally S F2 by 1100hr. Temp: initially 3 @ 0630, becoming 1.5degC by 0715hr, then gradually rising 11 by 1100hr. Visibility: initially Ingleborough / Kippax @ 0730, becoming a hazy max > Leck Fell / Drax by 1100hr. Cloud: initially open sky 0ok until c 0900hr when a small amount of altocumulus, altostratuus and various very interesting cirrus began to become prominent, all very translucent but 6ok. Pressure: rapid rise during the early part of the night, but almost steady from midnight onwards with 1019 @0600 and 1018hpa by 1100hr.

Against the norm a poor morning initially with skies becoming busy, with lots moving from 0915hr onwards to 1030hr when notable drop off in activity. All of this later activity was high and determined, with most today passing to our south-east and heading south. Meadow Pipits upto 0915hr were poor with only 152 logged by then, but after this the floodgates opened out to the east with many large, dramatic long and raggling groups passing through going south, the largest of which being 172 which took several minutes to work through. Hirundines all came later on with the exception of some very very high early ones, barely visible with 10x binoculars. The morning was most notable however for the first real autumn push of Golden Plovers. A total of 132 were noted in 15 groups, spread across the morning. All were high / very high and were intent on going south or south-east in direct flight. The movement appeared to be broad front with just as many passing to either side of us, many being way out over Airedale as well as high over the moors. Jays again in the 0830 –0900hr time slot with a group of four passing NW high over the moors at the earlier time. These were estimated to be at about 1800 / 1900ft asl as they crossed the watershed to the south. They just kept on going out over the valley. The other group of three, crossed the col to our NE, going off ENE. Two Coal Tit were, one seen, the other heard going west, a sign of things to come? Skylark, a respectable count and as usual later in the morning, with the first being seen just after 0930hr. Red Admirals were noted also going south from 1030hr, a phenomena that often comes with the better moves of passerines.

Moving Birds:
Golden Plover 132 > S / SE
Meadow Pipit 879 > mostly S / SE
Chaffinch 91 > W / S
Reed Bunting 4 > W
Starling 4
Alba 23 > S / SE
Black Headed Gull 70 > S
Lesser black backed Gull 46 > S
Goldfinch 54 > S / SE
Swallow 50 > S
Curlew 6 > W
House Martin79 > S
Redpoll 31 > W
Siskin 10 > SW
Carrion Crow 6
Greenfinch 7 > S / W
Jay 4 > NW, 3 > ENE = total 7
Coal Tit 2 > W
Skylark 13 > NW / W
Snipe 5 > NW / W
Mallard 9 > SW
Sparrowhawk 2
Kestrel 4
Stonechat 1
Mistle Thrush 1 > SE
Lapwing 22 > S
Great Tit 1
Linnet 21 > W

Red Admirals regular > South from 1030hr.
Weasel 1
Stoat 1 perusing rabbit

The sky later am (NW) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky late am (NW) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky mid morning (SW) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning (NW) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning (N) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning (NE) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning (SE) Saturday 24th September 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa

Swallows, watchpoint 22-09-2005

Many thanks to John Suckley for this information, Dave.
Watchpoint Thursday 22nd-09-2005
1400-1600hr (JS)
Constant Swallow movement throughout the afternoon, all moving SE.
Sample count:
24 > SE in 15minutes = c192 > SE