Thursday, October 09, 2008

Oxenhope 09-10-2008

When Have We Seen This Before.... the Sky at 0730hr (c) HC 2008

This is the best, the very best it got.... the sky at 0930hr (c) HC 2008

0730-0950hr HC
SSW F4 / F5, 6degC, 400m - 1000m, 8/8, QNH 1028 rising 1029.

Mist,mist and more mist - frustratingly thwarted once again by our beloved "friend". S F4 rising to F5 during stay. Tantalisingly, there were times when the mist appeared to be clearing up, but false dawns I`m afraid, as what improved visibility there was, was quickly cancelled out by more dense banks of mist. Retreated down the hill at 09.50 hrs and found clearer skies at Leeshaw.

Points of note at the watchpoint - at 07.45 hrs, nearly had my head knocked off by 15 Canada Geese that suddenly appeared out of the fog like the dambusters - they just skirted the wave wall about 15 feet from me to the south - close call ! Also, a flock of 19 Jackdaws appeared through the mist in a very tight pack, and were clearly reorientating in the thick mist - they circled twice and disappeared into the mist in a NW direction.

Birds actually seen in order of appearance :-

Meadow Pipts - 21 W
Canada Goose - 15 onto res - say no more !
Goldfinch - 2 S
Alba Wag - 3 W
Greenfinch - 2 W with.........
Redpoll - 1 W
Chaffinch - 5 SW
Jackdaw - 21 NW
Cormorant - 1 W

NB - 4 Goldcrests in wood - seen on way out.


Meadow Pipts - 24 W
Alba Wag - 1 W
Linnet - 1 W



Persistent Cloud Over the Watchpoint... (From Leeshaw) (c) HC 2008

Nice To Have Some Visibility.... Leeshaw (c) HC 2008


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