Sunday, November 05, 2006

Scar House 05-11-2006

Today was very poor with the strong head wind causing a lot of 'u-turning' at the dam. I stayed 07.30-9.00. 6/8 cloud, WSW 6.

Woodpig 97 U-turners - all off E eventually.
Merlin1, Buzzard 2, Red grouse 30+ all probably local birds( obviously the Grouse!!).
Fieldfare 75 WNW.
Redwing 30 W
Greenfinch 2w
Starling 45 W
Redpoll 1W
Siskin 10 u-turners
Blackbid 2 u-turners.

Incidentally u-turners aren't just birds drifting around in the tree below the dam, they are birds that set off high over the moor/reservoir before turning back.

All the best
Andrew Hanby

Norr Hill Wilsden 05-11-2006

Norr Hill is c5.5km E of my usual watchpoint

Overtaken by "domestics" this morning but still managed a vis walk later on and counted the following in one hour in windy conditions:

Moving Birds:
Woodpigeon 256 > SW
Fieldfare 124 > NW
Skylark 1 > W
Meadow Pipit 6 > W


Caldene Fields Watchpoint 05-11-2006

5th of November 06 watch for 07.15 – 9.30
Weather: Dry, 60% cloud with clearer skies to the N/E, around 8,30 increasing heavy cloud from the west. Temp 8c with F5 West wind with gust to F6. Visibility beyond 2 miles.

Comments: No thrush movement again but Starling were still moving but in reduced numbers. Another excellent count of Wood Pigeon with the big push in the first hour then numbers dramatically declined to parties of around 20 birds , many flying low because of wind. Lapwing again showed well.

Mallard > 2 S/W
Black Headed Gull > 73 S/S/W
Lapwing > 142 N/E
Wood Pigeon > 52 N/E + 1,082 > W/S/W total= 1,134
Alba Wagtail > 1E
Fieldfare > 8 N/W
Redwing > 12 S/W
Starling > 362 N/W
Jackdaw > 4 S/W
Carrion Crow >1 N/W
Greenfinch > 49 W S/W