Saturday, October 15, 2005

Wren 14-10-2005 (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Wren 14-10-2005 (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Redpoll 14-10-2005 (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa
Redpoll 14-10-2005 (c) Andy Jowett Posted by Picasa

Watchpoint 15-10-2005

Members only watchpoint 15-10-2005 pm
Saturday 15th October 2005
1400 - 1630hr (DCB, HC)
Weather and Sky:
An improving afternoon with bright skies and some sun over the Keighley area but still 7/8 cloud cover and poor visibility over the South Pennine moors. Wind: SE F3. Temp: 15. Visibility: 2000 – 3000m max. Cloud: stratus 7ok. Pressure: 1028hpa – starting to fall off since morning.

A second bite today! Almost on top of the fog at times with periods of good vertical visibility through to open sky. Redwings constantly on the move with biggest parties of 300 and 120 going south-west together with lots of smaller groups. At first the most of the thrush movement was to the south-west, but during the last hour all was due south. As usual with Redwings on the move, more groups were heard than seen and counted. If visibility had been clear, the range of the count could have been greatly increased.

Redwing 866 > S and SW
Fieldfare 3 > S
Golden Plover 3 > S
Lapwing 8 > S
Black headed Gull 215 > S
Chaffinch 21 > S and W
Linnet 2 > S
Wigeon 2
Snipe 2 > S
Meadow Pipit 7 > S and SE
Skylark 1
Woodpigeon 1 > E
Starling 54 > W

Total: 1184 individuals, 13 species, 2:30 hours

(From this mornings count
Total: 58 individuals, 5 species, 2:25 hours)


Lee Lane Oxenhope 15-10-2005

Thanks for that Howard, Dave.
Lee Lane Oxenhope 15-10-2005
1100 –1130hr

Redwing c 300 > SW
Fieldfare 1 > SW

Howard Creber

Caldene Fields 15-10-2005

Hi Martyn, Glad we wernt the only ones out in that horrendous stuff. Dave.
----- Original Message -----
From: Martyn Priestley
To: Daveb
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:02 PM
Subject: Visible Migration

Hi David
Caldene Fields Saturday 15th October 2005, from 7.15 - 8.00am
Weather: A bad morning with light drizzle, wind E F1, mild, very overcast with poor visibility.

Little movement.

Pied Wagtail 1E 3S
Chaffinch 2S
Try again tomorrow.

Paul Clough 15-10-2005

Thanks for that Phil, certainly hope that we don’t get a rerun tomorrow of this morning. Howard seems to think the forecast he has heard is for better, but I havent checked yet. Like you, we had another go this afternoon and likewise had a good few Redwings heading SW and S. Here we were almost on top of the fog. Report will follow later. Dave.
PS. Would be interested to know if you can see any vis happening on the coast tomorrow. Dave.
----- Original Message -----
From: Philip Cunningham
To: Daveb
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 4:58 PM
Subject: Paul Clough

Hi Dave,
Like you I abandoned it this morning with little reward. Had a look in the Clough for half an hour [15:30 - 16:00], nothing in it but total of 150+ Redwing heading South in three flocks. More interesting was a flock of 30 + Redpoll sp also south. I know there were a few Mealey Redpoll arriving on the coast yesterday. I was at Filey yesterday and while you had good Thrush numbers, there was little sign of Thrush movement there. I`ll be back at the coast tomorrow and unfortunately the forecast doesn`t look good for "visible" migration locally.Good Luck

Watchpoint 15-10-2005

Members only watchpoint 15-10-2005
Saturday 15th October 2005
0650 – 0915hr (DCB, JS, HC)
Weather and Sky:
A downright bad morning with very little visibility and saturating fog. Wind: E F1, becoming E F3. Temp: 11 @ 0530hr becoming 12 by 0915hr. Visibility: less than 100m througout. Precipitation: wetting drizzle associated with fog. Cloud: fog – sky obscured. Pressure: more or less static for past 24 hrs with QNH 1028 / 1029hpa.

A terrible morning, very sadly with so much potential. From very first light Redwings in big numbers could be heard overhead at the watchpoint, often with constant contact calling audiable, from birds moving over in the fog. Peak activity was between 0730 and 0815hr. Occasionally birds could be seen but quite obviously a very big move on this morning. About 15 Blackbirds and at least several Song Thrushes were seen in the wood between the second and third gates. Several alba wags and Meadow Pipits could also be heard. The watch was abandoned at 0915hr.

Try again when visibility improves!!! And hope for better tomorrow.

The sky this morning FOG Saturday 15th October 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning - first light and FOG Saturday 15th October 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa