Saturday, October 03, 2009

Oxenhope... exhilerating conditions! 03-10-2009

Oceanic Breakers and Spume! (c) 2009

Good Clear Vision out over Airedale (c) 2009

Tranquillity behind the Wall (c) 2009

Advancing Fractus (c) 2009

Wind Blown Spume and Rain Arching High Overhead!!! (c) 2009

Rain Wins in the End! (c) 2009

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Saturday 3 October 2009
Counting period: 7:00-10:00
Weather: SW - WNW (W) variable F8 gusting F11, 12degC, 100km+ - 1km in rain, 3/8 reducing 8/8 stratocumulus, fractus becoming deep cu sp, QNH 999 reducing 995.
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving Birds:

Dunlin 7 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 21 -
Common Snipe 11 -
Meadow Pipit 23 -

Totals: 62 individuals, 4 species, 3:00 hours

Comments: An exciting morning to be in out the hills with dramatic conditions albeit not much rain here. Oceanic waves on the water with always more cloud and rain over the Pennine watershed and into Lancashire. Behind the wall normallity prevailed with the shelter allowing extended periods of watching out over Airedale. Despite the conditions small numbers of birds were still in the sky and on move. Mipits were still moving both south and west, some were way up and shooting like rockets on their way whilst those that were lower gave the appearance of struggling greatly. As might be expected a few LBB Gulls passed NW up Airedale... these were hugging the contours as they passed out to the NE. Snipe were also having little difficulty in moving essentially NW and a single group of seven Dunlin came off the res and past at eye height away NW. All in all a very stimulating experience!.... despite being unable to stand up on Windy Corner!



Blogger AndyC said...

Hi Dave ,Just out of interest have you ever recorded Ring- necked parakeet on a vis watch,there seem to be a few on the move further south.??

October 04, 2009 9:45 am  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Hi Andy
Yes but only ever two or possibly three. First week in July quite a few years ago we had one and another first week in Sept in I think 2007. Snow Bunting a good bird Andy we are still waiting for one this autumn here.


October 04, 2009 8:52 pm  

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