Monday, October 12, 2009

Oxenhope... jackdaws return! 12-10-2009


Pre sunrise... open sky but with deep cloud to the far east and over the North Sea (c) Howard Creber 2009


Open sky to the North (c) Howard Creber 2009


Open sky to the South (c) Howard Creber 2009


Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Monday 12 October 2009
Counting period: 7:00-10:30
Weather: NW F1, 4degc, 65km+, 0/8, QNH 1026 (13mb rise overnight) rising
Observers: Howard Creber


Moving Birds:

Grey Heron 1 -
Grey Wagtail 1 - Greenfinch 23 -
Common Snipe 6 -
alba wagtail sp. 7 -
Goldfinch 6 -
Black-headed Gull 15 -
Redwing - 110
Siskin 6 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2
Mistle Thrush 6 -
Lesser Redpoll 10 -
Woodpigeon 98 -
Jackdaw 78 -
Reed Bunting 1 -
Skylark 2 -
Starling - 118
Meadow Pipit 158 -
Chaffinch 54 -

Totals: 702 individuals, 19 species, 3:30 hours

Present: Redwing 84

Comments: A beautiful clear "big sky" morning, with the Bowland Fells and the Three Peaks in bold relief. Drax also visible but rather hazy. Large cloud bank over to the far east and over the North Sea.

Actual Directions:
Meadow Pipit - 158 W, Redwing - 110 NW (3 flocks largest being 71 birds) and 3 flocks blogging of 84 birds, Starling - 118 NW (9 groups, largest 65 birds), Wood Pigeon - 98 W, Snipe - 6 W, Alba Wag sp. - 7 S, Chaffinch - 54 S, Siskin - 6 W, Greenfinch - 23 S, Mistle Thrush - 6 NW, Jackdaw - 78 high NW (4 flocks, largest 31), Heron - 1 NW (watched for circa 20 minutes from high East to high West), Lesser Redpoll - 10 SW, Goldfinch - 6 S, Skylark - 2 W, Grey Wagtail - 1 W, Reed Bunting - 1 NW, B.H Gull - 15 NW, L.B.B. Gull - 2 N, Other birds present - Green Woodpecker, Wren, 12 Greylag Geese, Pheasant, Kestrel, Carrion Crow ,Lapwing.

Further COMMENTS - A most enjoyable morning, with a good variety of birds. Redwing movement was slight - several parties were merely blogging. A 65 strong Starling squadron came through low behind water keepers house and an obvious movement of Jackdaws were the main highlights of the morning.

Howard Creber

4 Comments:

Blogger Brian Sumner said...

A good count there Howard,its a hard spot for one man. Nice one on yesterdays Kittiwake, you,re a dangerous man with that scope,
( eyes like a s**t ole rat ).

October 12, 2009 6:58 pm  
Blogger Brian Sumner said...

PS Well done Dave and Howard getting into the top 20 for observation hours on Trektellen, thats dedication.

October 12, 2009 7:30 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Cheers Brian,
Yes its taken a bit of doing to keep up there.... 19th in Europe and 3rd in the UK... A long way to go to get any higher but we've got to watch our tails!!

Dave

October 12, 2009 8:54 pm  
Anonymous Howard Creber said...

Hi Brian, yes it`s not an easy place up there by oneself - especially without your beautiful coffee to sustain me.

October 13, 2009 2:52 pm  

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