Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Soil Hill 22/23-09-2008

Soil Hill (c) 2008

Yesterdays Vis Mig for Soil Hill : -

Soil Hill - 22 September 2008 6.50am - 8.00am
Light wind from the North. Visibility poor 3km (I could just see DB at his watchpoint) decreasing down to 50m in the fog.
As can be expected, in the deteriorating conditions, the number of birds migrating were few. I was picking birds up in the gloom by call and the only moving birds were 25 Meadow Pipit mainly South (but a few were heading North) and 1 Alba SE. Other local birds were 4 Skylark, 10+ Linnet and 3 Stock Dove. Eventually gave up at 8am, got slightly lost in the fog on the walk back and went home for a brew.

And today's Vis Mig for Soil Hill: -

Soil Hill - 23 September 2008 7.10am - 9.00am
F3-4 wind from the North. Visibility good 50km (I could see Ingleborough).
Much better conditions than yesterday but feeling cold in the wind. Birds passing mainly to the North and East of Soil Hill with approx 20% actually overhead. Only meadow pipits were moving SW through SE in small groups up to 10 birds. Total number of moving Meadow Pipits was 130. A Hobby was spotted at 8.20am to the north of the hill at about 200m distant, chasing a Meadow Pipit (it got away!). 2 Starling were also seen heading south. Other local birds were 6 Grey Partridge, 20 Meadow Pipit, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wren and 2 Skylark.

CJK on Soil this morning.....eyes to the sky..... spot that jiz! (c) 2008

Your Mipit counts suggest that its worth sticking with the Hill Chris, as and when the vis conditions improve! You got more mipits than us this morning..... agree it was feeling very very cold in the N / NE wind!


Oxenhope 23-09-2008

Dawn.... looking North (c) 2008

Mid Morning..... looking East (c) 2008

Canadas > West (c) 2008

0725 - 1000hr DB
NE F4, 8.8degC rising 10.7, 60km max to the NW, 8/8 stratus improving 6/6, QNH 1028 rising.

Wall to wall deep stratus initially this morning with base at c1400ft. Clear edges to W, N and E all gradually moving south. Generally speaking except for Siskin and Goldfinch a very poor morning for the vis...... but the cold north wind was really driving the Siskins with many small groups and several large ones (max party 53) bouncing high south. Possibly catching up here in the east flank Pennines with the current east coast wave. Mipits were poor with max party 17. At 0935hr a skein of eleven grey geese were located way up high above Keighley Moor going fast south east. Otherwise very little!

Moving birds in order of appearance.

Meadow Pipit 86 > S
Chaffinch 10 > S
Raven 1
Siskin 192 > S
Grey Goose (most likely Pinkfeet) 11 > SE
Canada Goose 21 > W
Goldfinch 93 > S
Redpoll 16 > S
LBB Gull 14 > S
BH Gull 36 > S
Swallow 3 > S


Rivock Mast, Plantation, Addingham High Moor and Barden Fell (c) 2008

Back Edge of the Stratus 1000hr (c) 2008

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