Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Whitefield (Manchester) 26-10-2005

Whitefield (Manchester) 26-10-2005
Just in case you don’t recognise the locality, Whitefield is in the Manchester area, near Bury. Simon Johnson. Of Denholme Clough fame, very sadly currently laid up with a broken kneecap and on crutches (Simon said I had to mention this) very kindly provided the following sightings of the "exceptional" vis passing his house this morning. All as seen from his balcony! and between 0830 and 1030hr, only after he realised that there was a lot going past. As requested Simon I will post this also on the Newsgroup and also see if anyone knows which local group covers this area. Great Stuff Simon, Keep me posted as to any more vis you get from over that direction as it is a great comparison and at very least gives a degree of scale to the vast thrush movements currently occurring.

Clear, but with some low cloud with some open sky and sun every now and again.

0830 – 1030hr
Redwing 1430 > S
Fieldfare 837 > S
Blackbird 4 > S
Song Thrush 1 > S
Mistle Thrush 11 > S
Jay 1 > S
Jackdaw 18 > S
Siskin 5 > S
Greenfinch 16 > S
Goldfinch 12 > S
Chaffinch 31 > S
Pied Wagtail 4 > S
Finch sp 45 +++
Pink footed Goose 144 > NE


Watchpoint 26-10-2005

Members only watchpoint 26-10-2005
Wednesday 26th October 2005
0755 – 1130hr (JS)

News from John at the watchpoint:
Thrushes were without doubt the birds of the day, swarming through in waves of 100+, both when I arrived and upon leaving. Just wouldent have thought there could have been so many!! Nearly all were coming past level and fairly low, or at least the ones that I counted were. Only the close ones were counted as they demanded full attention – all of the many many distant ones just got away!! John took some videos of the thrushes going past. Has anyone in the Bradford area got facility to convert video into DVD if this can be done?

Fieldfare 2700 + all of the distant ones > S and W
Redwing 1400 + all of the distant ones > S and W
Starling 66 > NW
Woodpigeon 530 > S
Albas 22 > S and W
Meadow Pipit 124 > S
Snipe 2
Finch sp incl Brambling 271 > S
Lapwing 33 > S


Paul Clough 26-10-2005

Paul Clough 26-10-2005
Many thanks for this Shaun, sounds like a great day all round. Sad I had to miss it and also sad it will be your last day.
----- Original Message -----
From: Shaun Radcliffe
To: Daveb
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 6:38 PM
Subject: VisMig (Paul Clough)

Hello David - a really good watch because of Brambling.

7.40 - Fieldfare 64, Goldfinch 2

8.00 - Fieldfare 195, Redwing 7, Chaffinch 18, Greenfinch 17, Meadow Pipit 10, Goosander 2

8.30 - Fieldfare 45, Chaffinch 26, Redwing 21, Greenfinch 5 Brambling 46, Meadow Pipit 1

9.00 - Meadow Pipit 2, Redpoll 1, Chaffinch 53, Fieldfare 68 Redwing 42, Brambling 2+15+18+35

9.30 - Chaffinch 48, Brambling 18+40+30+10+10+5=113, Fieldfare 82, Greenfinch 18, Wood Pigeon 54, Redpoll 11, Meadow Pipit 7

10.00 to 10.10 - Fieldfare 30, Meadow Pipit 1, Reed Bunting 2

Fieldfare 484
Redwing 81
Goldfinch 25
Chaffinch 145
Greenfinch 40
Brambling 194
Meadow Pipit 21
Goosander 2
Redpoll 1
Reed bunting 2

I had to leave because of work but more finches may have followed. A great day to finish on as I will not be able to go again this autumn through other commitments.


Redwing and Fieldfare - Queensbury

More news from Brian first thing of continuing "mega" thrush movement over Queensbury this morning (Weds 26th). Yesterday c4500 were counted on the move over Calderdale, the next valley south. Many thanks for this info Brian.


Still "thrushes" piling over in pouring rain at 1650hrs.

Again many thanks Brian,