Friday, October 09, 2009

Caldene Fields, Low Moor... first siskins 09-10-2009

Caldene Fields, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Friday 9 October 2009
Counting period: 7:00-8:45
Weather: Weather: A dry start with a temp of 1c and no wind of note. 80% thin high cloud with clearer skies to the E creating overall misty dull viewing conditions with visibility to around 6 miles.
Observers: Martyn Priestley

Moving birds:
Lesser Black-backed Gull 41 -
Carrion Crow 13 + 7
Woodpigeon 99 + 7
Starling 3 -
alba wagtail sp. 15 + 1
Chaffinch - 4
Blackbird - 1
Goldfinch 10 -
Redwing 1 + 4
Siskin 8 -
Jackdaw 1 -

Totals: 215 individuals, 11 species, 1:45 hours

Comments: A poor watch mainly due to viewing conditions. Greenfinch were still moving but their flight seemed relaxed and many were seen later in the watch to drop down and feed in local bushes. There was an increase in Woodpigeon numbers and their behaviour like in other years in early October appear to be restless, moving in all directions, then some dropping to feed, then setting off in a different direction. Highlights were my first Siskins of the autumn which flew S.

Martyn Priestley


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