Saturday, October 06, 2007

Oxenhope Watchpoint 06-10-2007

Mist over the Worth Basin at an overcast Sunrise (c) 2007

Breaking Skies by mid Morning (c) 2007

0650 - 1100hr (Dave Barker / Howard Creber)
S F1 rising S F2, 7degC rising 14, 5.5km max haze, 8/8 reducing 4/8, Dry, QNH 1025 steady.

Lower cloud and overcast lead to much lower flight levels today. Consequently much more could be identified / heard. Meadow Pipits, the strongest species by far continued moving at a uniform rate throughout the morning but Chaffinches (south !) also very strong today tailed off after a couple of hours. Reed Buntings deserve a mention as although only 17 went west, for this species 17 is good at this site!! Siskins were also exceptionally strong and all were going east. Whilst some groups totalling 19 > E were actually seen at least 15 other groups were heard going over but remained unseen. Again a few Jackdaws going high west over the open moor until lost from view. The best birds of the day by far were a group of 12 Long-tailed Tits picked up almost overhead these continued to gain height until they were way up in the blue and lost from view proceeding north west. A big influx in Goosander numbers at the roost this morning with the roost now 73 strong!!

Moving Birds:
Meadow Pipit 771 > S
Cormorant 1 > SW
Reed Bunting 17 > W
Redpol 1 > E
Chaffinch 115 > S
Redwing 3 > W
Fieldfare 3 > N
Woodpigeon 9 > E
Starling 6 > S
Siskin 19 > E + 15 unseen groups heard > E
Swallow 1 > SE
Goldfinch 40 > E
Greenfinch 44 > E
Golden Plover 1 > SE
Jay 1 > W
Skylark 3 > W
Lapwing 29 > N
Linnet 1 > E
Jackdaw 10 > W
Long-tailed Tit 12 > high NW
Stonechat 1
Goosander influx at roost to 73


Haze (c) 2007

The Nab......4/8 Open Skies and Sun (c) 2007


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