Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Caldene Fields, Low Moor... a site first! 11-11-2009

Caldene Fields, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Wednesday 11 November 2009
Counting period: 6:45-8:45
Weather: : Dry with 80% low cloud with always clearer skies to the E/N/E, Temp 3c and a F1 N/E wind. Visibility to around 5 miles to the E/N/E.
Observers: Martyn Priestley

Moving Birds:
Mallard 5 -
Jackdaw 3 -
Black-headed Gull 26 -
Carrion Crow 13 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 -
Starling 27 -
Woodpigeon 175 -
Chaffinch 2 -
alba wagtail sp. 16 -
Greenfinch 57 -
Fieldfare 2 -
Goldfinch 19 -
Redwing 32 -
Snow Bunting 1 -

Totals: 380 individuals, 14 species, 2:00 hours

Comments: After grumbling that it was a quite day and hoping for thrushes on a slight N/E wind, I got a major surprise when at 08.10 a calling single male Snow Bunting flew low to the E basically over my head ! providing a site first! and a bird I never thought I would get over the low lying industrial areas of Low Moor and Caldene Fields. Given I had constant good views to the E/N/E I can say with some certainty that there was very little moving here ( apart from my rarity ! ) although some Greens and Golds did move to the W/S/W. Alba wagtails were noted moving to the W as apposed to their recent movement to the E and very few BH Gulls moved S for the second day running.

Martyn Priestley


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