Sunday, October 16, 2005

Caldene Fields 16-10-2005

Thanks for that Martyn – much better and more productive than our morning in the FOG. Dave.

----- Original Message -----
From: Martyn Priestley
To: Daveb
Sent: Sunday, October 16, 2005 2:33 PM
Subject: A good morning

Hi David
Sunday 16th October 2005
Caldene Fields
Vis Mig watch from 07.30 - 9.30am
A dry morning, mild, overcast with a E F1-2 wind.
A good morning for me with some interesting easterly movements.

BHGull > 11S - 4E (Total 15)
Wood Pigeon > 40S - 6W (Total 46)
Meadow Pipit > 5S
Fieldfare > 2E
Redwing > 208 SS/W - 407E (Total 615)
Starling > 224 SS/W
Jackdaw > 1N/W
Greenfinch > 16W - 37E (Total 52)
Chaffinch > 2S - 1E (Total 3)
Goldfinch > 5E
Bullfinch > 1 N/E interesting sighting flew straight through with purpose !
Redpoll > 2S


Cold Edge Dams 16-10-2005

Good stuff Brian, especially the Pipits as we had next to none. Dave

From: "Brian Sumner"
Date: Sun Oct 16, 2005 11:24 am

16/10/05 0730-1030hrs
Misty start with some breaks of blue sky which soon got blanked out by rolling mist and fog. Visibility varied from 200yds to 2 miles but what promised to be a mega morning was spoilt by the banks of mist.

Wind was E F3-4 with some specks of rain.

254 MIPIT > SE
192 REDWING > E 1 flock of 170

Other 31 BH Gull, 1f Stonechat, 1 Tufted, 1 Wren, + usual

Watchpoint 16-10-2005

Members only watchpoint 16-10-2005
Sunday 16th October 2005
0710 - 0930hr (DCB, HC, JS)
Weather and Sky:
A poor and deteriorating morning, with low, shallow cloud deepening and wet fog setting in. Wind: SE F3, becoming E F3 rising F4. Temp: 12 throughout between 0530 and 0930hr. Visibility: 1000m initially at 0725hr, soon deteriorating but very variable down to 100m min. Cloud: stratus / fog stratus 8ok, best 7ok, in first 90 mins frequent vertical vis to open sky above through shallow stratus above but after 0840hr becoming deep and obscuring, leading to very dark light. Pressure: falling very gradually overnight and through morning with 1025hpa at 0630hr.

Initial promise soon changing to despair with deepening fogs and drenching drizzle. Howard first at the watchpoint this morning had the best birds, in the best of the weather, a small group of Lapland Buntings, thought to be four, straight on through just as it was getting light. By 0725hr it was very clear that even bigger numbers of Redwing were continuing on the move again this morning. Some birds were seen moving below the fog base but most were either above the shallow fog or later within it. Shrill contacts from birds overhead were at times almost constant as the groups passed by, with all three of us shouting and pointing towards different unseen groups going over. The direction of seen Redwing movement today was to the east and south. A single species group of all Fieldfare went east at 0815hr. Again, an early finish well and truly fogged off.

Woodpigeon 36 > S
Meadow Pipit 4 (2 > N and 2 > S)
alba Wagtail 4 > SE
Fieldfare 19 > E
Redwing 273 > E (most) and some S
Jackdaw 40 > SW
Starling 130 > W and N
Chaffinch 2 > W
Lapland Bunting 4 > SE

Total: 512 individuals, 9 species, 2:20 hours, three observers.

The fog this morning - mid am Sunday 16th October 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning Sunday 16th October 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa
The sky this morning Sunday 16th October 2005 (c) Posted by Picasa

More on Redwings 15-10-2005

Thanks for that Andy. Been outside a few times this evening (Saturday) here to listen and Redwings are certainly still on the move here. Dave. Thanks also andy for the Wren and Redpoll photos below.

----- Original Message -----
From: Andy Jowett
To: Daveb
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 11:01 PM
Subject: Re: Saturday 15th October 2005
Thrushes seem to have arrived - hundreds were at Timble Ings plantation tonight.