Friday, October 05, 2007

Norr Hill Wilsden 05-10-2007

Sky over Airedale this Afternoon (c) 2007

1530 - 1630hr
SE F2, 4/8.

Just five Skylarks on the Hill this afternoon, a group of three and a two after perfect conditions for Skylark migration. In addition the Meadow Pipits have all gone from both the Hill and the fields. No Linnets around either.

Nothing moving in the skies.


Caldene Fields Watchpoint 05-10-2007

Caldene Fields Watchpoint


5th of October 07  Started watch at  07.00 - 8.30am

Weather:  A dry morning, a hint of a S wind with 10% cloud producing full sunshine after dawn Temp 6c with visibility beyond 2 miles.


Comments: A poor morning with little movement due to weather conditions.


Black Headed Gull > 58S

Wood Pigeon > 6N

Meadow Pipit > 17S

Pied Wagtail > 3S + 8 W/N/W Total 11

Redwing > 7S/W

Starling 4N/W

Jackdaw >3S

Carrion Crow > 4S + 2 N

Greenfinch > 10 W/N/W




Oxenhope Watchpoint 05-10-2007

Pre Sunrise Mist in Airedale (c) 2007

Sunrise Today (c) 2007

0700 - 0930hr (Dave Barker)
Calm increasing SE F2, 3.3degC increasing 15, 60km+, 0/8, Dry, QNH 1026 rising.

A fantastic morning weatherwise with mist lying in all of the valleys and over all of the planes. Brilliant sunshine from the word go with almost calm winds. Lots seen moving in the upper sky but most too high to id, no big thrush groups seen today. Frequent Redwing calls overhead at 0620 hr (still almost dark at home) whilst stacking the car and c100 in the little wood at the watchpoint upon arrival at 0650hr suggested that this species had been on the move overnight? Nine Fieldfare past the watchpoint with Redwings just after sunrise also suggestive? Mipit numbers again low and suggestive again of a falling trend, although some were flying very very high and many could have been missed. A Jackdaw group of 26 overflying and leaving very very high to the west was interesting. Apart from the post sunrise rush of varying species, there was very little surface movement today. Much was identified on call overhead and subsiquently seen as it passed over, especially the Skylarks and finches but many of the Skylarks seen were just too high to be heard!!! A Rock Pipit > NW and a Grey Plover > SE both picked up on call were the best birds of the day.

Moving birds:
Meadow Pipit 73 > S
Rock Pipit 1 > NW
Brambling 11 > W
Greenfinch 16 > W
Linnet 2 > S
Chaffinch 22 > S
Redwing 175 > W
Fieldfare 9 > W
Grey Plover 1 > SE
Redpoll 42 > S
alba wagtail 21 > S
Siskin heard
Skylark 28 > W
Golden Plover 2 > SW
Mistle thrush 4 > W
Woodpigeon 15 > E
Jackdaw 26 > W
Reed bunting 3 > W


Cloudless Skies and no wind at the Watchpoint (c) 2007

Wall to Wall Open Skies......looking NW (c) 2007