Monday, September 28, 2009

Oxenhope... block from the north! 28-09-2009

Hand held 10 second time exposure! Pre sunrise... yet again open sky to the far east with deep cloud overhead (c) 2009

Pre sunrise sky over the Yorkshire Wolds (c) 2009

Frontal cloud spilling over from Lancashire... looking NW (c) 2009

Frontal cloud advancing... looking NNW (c) 2009

Wind blown drizzle arriving at 1045hr (c) 2009

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Monday 28 September 2009

Counting period: 6:47-11:03
Weather (first period): W F3, 13degC, 100km+, 7/8 stratocumulus / stratus - open to far east, QNH 1023 falling then rising 1024
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber, Gordon Holmes

Moving birds:

Cormorant 1 -
Magpie 1 -
Canada Goose 2 -
Woodpigeon 8 -
Starling 4 -
Teal 2 -
Swallow 23 -
Chaffinch 5 -
Sparrowhawk 1 -
Meadow Pipit 566 -
Goldfinch 5 -
Common Snipe 1 -
alba wagtail sp. 10 -
Reed Bunting 2 -
Black-headed Gull 6 -
White Wagtail 2 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 15 -
Mistle Thrush 4 -

Totals: 658 individuals, 18 species, 4:16 hours

Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)

Comments: 0647 - 0703hr Ground as dry as a bone - no dew. No pre sunrise mipit rush.;
0703 - 0803hr. Fog stratus invading over moors from Calderdale with intermittent drizzle. No post sunrise mipit rush. Very few birds in the sky! Mipits going both south and west, albas south and west, Swallows south, teal west, BH Gulls west, Woodpigeons south, Mistle Thrush west, wader sp unknown west, Magpie south west and Reed Bunting west.;
0803 - 0903hr Wind picking up, drizzle and low fractus. Chaffinch west, Cormorant south, Goldfinch west, LBB Gull south and Canadas east.;
0903 -1003hr. Wind picking up further. Deep Stratus frontal cloud advancing from the NW out of Lancashire noted to be forming a potential rain block to the north. Starlings west, Snipe south, White Wagtails (2) in from NE to land before moving on SW.;
1003 -1103hr Approaching deep stratus frontal cloud and wind blown drizzle from NW with cloud front never quite reaching us, but drizzle quite wetting from 1050hr! Sparrowhawk south.



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