Saturday, September 26, 2009

Oxenhope... a bleak cold morning! 26-09-2009

Pre Sunrise this Morning... yet again open sky out to the east but deep cloud overhead! (c) 2009

Sunrise this morning (c) 2009

Crepuscular Rays!... looking east (c) m2009

Streets of stratocumulus... looking north mid morning (c) 2009

Central Leeds at Sunrise!! (c) 2009

Pinks west past the Whetstone Gate reporting point (c) 2009

Wheatear in from the north (c) 2009

Greylags going east (c) 2009
0650 - 1045hr Dave Barker Howard Creber
WNW F3 rising F4, 10degC at 0630, 65km reducing 30, 7/8 stratocumulus st fractus, QNH 1025 steady.
Yet again open skies to the far east with deep cloud overhead at sunrise breaking only slowly here. A cold bleak morning with little in the sky initially... no pre or post sunrise mipit rush... but by 0835 mipits were flowing well with reassureingly increasing size of flocks going through upto mid morning with the maximum flock size being 85 today.... a good sign! Woodpigeons were noteable with the first real southward passage albeit small, noted this autumn! A small skein of Pinks picked up way out over Airedale continued west rather than south. Otherwise a further decrease in gull numbers in the sky.... and nothing much else at all. Just a bit too windy here for the finches.
Moving birds in order of appearance:
Meadow Pipit 957 > S
Chaffinch 5 > W
BH Gull 8 > W
Mistle Thrush 11 > W
Woodpigeon 30 > s
Goldfinch 32 > S and SW
Greenfinch 6 > W
Sparrowhawk 1 > S
Grey Wagtail 1 > W
Starling 1 > S
Reed Bunting 4 > W
Lapwing 5 > NW
Swallow 21 > S
Peregrine 1 > S
Skylark 5 > w
Pink footed Goose 11 > W
Wheatear 1 > SW
Green Woodpecker 1 > W
alba wagtial 3 > SW
LBB Gull 3 > W
House Martin 1 > W
Greylag Goose 5 > E


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