Saturday, August 16, 2008

House Martins Tonight 16-08-2008

1800 - 1830hr
Wilsden. Just before the rain.

Without doubt a crash in the House Martin colony here over the last few days. Very few were about last evening / earlier today and tonight only five could be located in the sky.


Oxenhope 16-08-2008

Linnets on the Roof (c) 2008

0715 - 1100hr CK, DCB
Calm to SSE F5, 13degC, 20km haze, 7/8, QNH 1006 falling

A very poor morning for the birds.... even less around than last week with few local and moving birds in evidence. Moving were a high Crossbill west at 0910hr and 22+ Swallows most of which went low west in a single group at 0915hr. Virtually nothing in the wood. The first Saturday shoot of the season.

Moving birds:
Crossbill 1 > W
Swallow 22+ > W

The Rest:

Kestrel 4 at least
Sparrowhawk 1
Robin 1 + 1 Juv
Blue Tit 1
Wren 1
Blackbird 2
Willow Warbler 3
Greenfinch 6
Goldfinch 1
Chaffinch 3
Linnet 8+
Meadow Pipit 12+
Pied Wagtail 1 + 1 Juv
Swallow 12+ Local Birds
Wood Pigeon 3
Lesser Black-back Gull 30+
Black-headed Gull 30+
Carrion Crow 5
Mallard 2
Greylag 1, probably the juv a product of breeding this year.


Swallows Going West (c) 2008

Game Birds Stirred Up! (c) 2008