Friday, November 13, 2009

Oxenhope... outlook bleak! 13-11-2009

First Light... open to the NE (c) 2009

Cirrus spissatus advancing above the fractus (c) 2009

Pileus (c) 2009

Catstones (c) 2009

Skies on Fire! (c) 2009

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Friday 13 November 2009
Counting period: 6:55-10:20
Weather: SSW F3/F4, 6degC, 65 reducing 25km haze, 4/8 open to N - always fractus to the south, QNH 995 rising 997
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving Birds:
Black-headed Gull 54 -
Blackbird 3 -
Common Gull 20 -
Fieldfare 91 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 -
Redwing 8 -
alba wagtail sp. 1 -
Greenfinch 1 -

Totals: 181 individuals, 8 species, 3:25 hours

Comments: Further reductions in moving birds and again with nothing in the upper sky at all. Nearly all of the thrushes were seen or heard before sunrise and several Redwing contact calls were overhead in darkness whilst stacking the car at 0630hr all suggesting a night migration ceasing with daylight. The first Starlingless morning of late autumn and an absolute dearth of passerines.



Anonymous Howard Creber said...

"Skies on fire" shot is very effective.Nice one !

November 13, 2009 6:40 pm  
Blogger Brian Sumner . said...

Crippling shot of "Skies on Fire "
Dave, very unusual. All quiet over the watch and work point today.

November 13, 2009 7:50 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Never seen a sundog quite like that myself before either. There one minute... gone the next. At least it compensated for the dearth of birds... winter skies are ace!


November 13, 2009 8:33 pm  

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