Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Watchpoint 05-10-2005

Many thanks to John Suckley for todays count and report, Dave.
Members only watchpoint 05-10-2005
Wednesday 5th October 2005
0705 – 1100hr (JS)
Weather and Sky:
A calm foggy morning. Wind: Calm / E / SSE F1. Temp: 9 > 12. Visibility: very poor. Cloud: Fog, except between 0900 – 0930hr when some open sky and cloud 4ok. Pressure: gradual fall commencing 1031hpa.

Conditions unsuitable except for between 0900 – 0930hr when all of the following were seen:

Mistle Thrush 14
Thrush sp 30+
Redwing 21
Curlew 1
Meadow Pipit 41
Alba wagtail 20
Chaffinch 4
Goosander 1


Paul Clough 05-10-2005

Paul Clough 05-10-2005
Thanks Shaun, and sad about your bad experience. These anticyclonic almost (especially) calm / easterly / south- easterly days are never good in these parts for the vis and if its not Fog that comes, its often rain and fog as well when conditions start to change. Its very much as I say in the notes for guidance on the main BO Group website that the wind adds character to the day and I also believe I say something about "the dreaded flat calm" as well, and this is very true. Dave.

Hello David
Today at Paul Clough was the worst vis mig experience I have ever had. At last night’s bird club meeting I spoke to John Suckley who had been up at the watchpoint on Tuesday. He had said there had been no birds and this spell unfortunately continued today.

Thick misty conditions prevailed from 7.15 for an hour and then the sun broke through. There was very little wind but what there was, managed periodically to blow more mist into the clough every quarter of an hour (say). This created blanket visibility so the birds never moved out. Probably elsewhere, birds may have diverted to where it was clear but not near me.

I shall be going again after missing a week.
For your records the birds recorded are;

Meadow Pipit 9, Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail. Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Robin and Chaffinch in the Clough.


Watchpoint 04-10-2005

Many thanks to John Suckley for count and report, Dave.
Members only watchpoint 04-10-2005
Tuesday 4th October 2005
0700 - 1000hr (JS)
Weather and Sky:
A calm heavily overcast dark morning. Wind: Calm to ESE F1. Temp: 10 min, 12 max. Visibility: good. Cloud: stratus 8ok. Pressure: rising / steady 1032hpa.

Moving Birds:
Meadow Pipit 170 > S and SW
Curlew 3
Alba Wagtail 1
Lapwing 14
Greenfinch 17
Chaffinch 7
Jay 4 > high SE
Grey Heron 1
Stonechat 1