Sunday, July 27, 2008

Oxenhope 27-07-2008

Mist in the Valleys with Barden Fell and Buckden Pike Beyond (c) 2008

0800 - 1200hr
Calm increasing N F1, 20degC, Haze 40km, 4/8 decreasing, QNH 1017 rising.

A taste of autumn this morning with considerable mist in the valleys. Cloud initially 7/8 was all and withdrawing to the east to become 1/8 by 1200hr with temperature of 27degC. Initially very few gulls on the move but conditions seemed to favour Lapwing, Golden Plover and Swift all of which were moving. Several flocks of Lapwing passed high SSE as did a single small group of Golden Plover. Swift were interesting in that they were moving to both the east and to the west. The time of most Swift activity was when the cloud / clear interface was overhead. A diffuse group of Skylark passed very high overhead at 1014hr with only the calls drawing attention to them. A distant Cormorant went SW. Gulls became much more active as the sky opened from the west but only a poor showing in relation to recent days. It was specifically noted that LBB Gulls were still passing mostly to the N and NW whilst BH Gulls were all moving to the south. See Pre Roost and vis reports from yesterday.

Moving birds:
LBB Gull 21 > N
BH Gull 347 > S
Common Gull 1 > S
Lapwing 167 > SE
Golden Plover 10 > SE
Swift 348 > W, 143 > E = Total 491
Swallow 3 > SE
Cormorant 1 > SW
Skylark 7 > W @ 1014hr

Lots of Linnets and several Greenfinch about but no Goldfinch yet. Several Willow Warblers were calling from the wood and plantation, an influx. Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were seen. Meadow Pipits were present in low numbers.


Lapwings > SE (c) 2008

Cirrocumulus (c) 2008


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