Friday, May 08, 2009

Oxenhope 08-05-2009

Early Morning Sky..... Closing in from the west! (c) 2009

Oystercatchers NOW from today holding territory on the reserve... Please give these birds some space, keep well away... You will know if you are intruding! (c) 2009

Listers Mill Chimney, Bradford, a vis team marker, no it shouldent be leaning! (c) 2009

Denholme Mast, a vis team marker (c) 2009

0645 - 0945hr D Barker
SW F5 increasing, 6degC, 20km haze, rain shower, 3/8 increasing 8/8, QNH 1002 falling then rising.

An inactive rain front through from the NW overnight just wetting the ground. Continuing strong wind with rain squalls later on. Six very wary Dunlins present on the shore, then circling this morning, had gone by lunch time. Swifts, best move up here so far with 21 all low in ones and threes off the north end of the water WNW into the wind throughout the visit. Only a single Wheatear seen today working its way NW along the embankment. No other passage seen and no LBB Gulls.

Moving Birds
Dunlin 6
Swift 21 > WNW
Wheatear 1
Swallow 3 > NW

1530 - 1730hr D Barker
WSW F6/7 moderating, 12degC, 65km, 7/8 rain squalls frequent, QNH 1008 rising very strongly.

Conditions seemed unsuitable for vis, even the waders!! Light very poor. The most interesting thing this afternoon is that Oystercatchers NOW from this afternoon appear to be holding territory on the reserve.... please keep well away from these birds as well as the Whinchats. A single Dunlin present feeding on the shore and only two LBB Gulls seen moving NW.

Moving Birds:
Lesser black backed Gull 2 > NW
Dunlin 1



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