Saturday, November 04, 2006

Caldene Fields Watchpoint 04-11-2006

4th of November 06 watch for 07.15 – 10.15

Weather: Dry 30% cloud cover increasing to 60% by 7.45. Little cloud to the east but quite misty reducing visibility to around 11/2 miles. temp 4c with a F1 S/ W wind with gust to F3

Comments: Although no Thrush movements noted it was still a good day with Wood Pigeon moving but in a more westerly direction and numbers down to a trickle after 8.30. Starling poured through with all birds flying very low some down to 6 feet. A steady flow of Lapwing was also noted. Few Black-headed Gulls were moving today.

Black Headed Gull > 43 S/S/W
Lapwing > 121 S/E + 60S total= 181
Golden Plover > 4 S
Wood Pigeon > 65 N/W + 753 W/S/W total= 815
Alba Wagtail > 9S/E
Mistle Thrush > 2S
Redwing > 31 N/W
Starling > 719 N/W
Carrion Crow >12 S/W
Greenfinch > 52 S/W
Chaffinch > 5S
Goldfinch > 14 > S/W
Redpoll > 1N/W


Oxenhope 04-11-2006

Members Only Watchpoint 04-11-2006
Saturday 4th November 2006
0745 – 0910hr. (DCB, HC)
Weather and Sky:
An overcast morning becoming quite windy. W F4 rising F5, 6C, 10km, 7ok, 1032hPa steady.

Fieldfare and Starlings were just about the only moving birds with parties of each upto 100 constantly passing through. Most of the Starlings went by only inches from the ground hugging the contours and as such not easy to get onto and many would have been missed. No high parties of Fieldfare were seen and most went through in larger pure flocks at about c20feet up. Only three Redwings were seen in a separate party and somewhat higher, first picked up on call. All were going north west. No finches or mipits at all!

Moving Birds:

Fieldfare 856 > NW
Starling 975 > NW
Redwing 3 > NW