Thursday, October 01, 2009

Going Through at Dawn!

Three for the vis team.... who will know what this is! (c) 2009


Oxenhope... pinkies push! 01-10-2009

A Northerly Blow... Drax at First Light (c) 2009

The Leeds and Bradford Airport Horizon at First Light (c) 2009

Emley Moor at First Light (c) 2009

The Imminghan Oil Refineries (c) 2009

Pinkies Past Norwood Edge Mast (c) 2009

Pinkies Past Whetstone Gate Mast (c) 2009

Late Morning Sky... looking NE (c) 2009

Pileus... looking North East (c) 2009

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Thursday 1 October 2009
Counting period: 6:30-11:30
Weather: NNW F1 but variable, 8degC, 100km+ reducing 65, 4/8 becoming 2/8, QNH 1017rising
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber

Pink-footed Goose 200 -
Woodpigeon 37 -
Starling 13 -
Goosander 3 -
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 -
Chaffinch 82 -
Ringed Plover 1 -
Skylark 36 -
Greenfinch 116 -
Golden Plover 22 -
Swallow 10 -
Goldfinch 59 -
Lapwing 7 -
Meadow Pipit 530 -
Siskin 21 -
Common Snipe 8 -
Grey Wagtail 2 -
Lesser Redpoll 31 -
Black-headed Gull 3 -
alba wagtail sp. 7 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 7 -
Mistle Thrush 9 -

Totals: 1205 individuals, 22 species, 5:00 hours

Present: Goosander 61, Green Woodpecker 1

Comments: A wonderful morning to be out with the sky full of birds, all on the move. Owing to hard work scanning for moving pinks, the Meadow Pipit count suffered very much but two flocks of over 100 went through south together with a single flock of c160 birds!... they havent finished here yet! Pinks were all high, well above the ridge tops and apart from a single flock o/h SE into the sun all were very distant... but very obvious this morning. Six skeins were located as follows: 37>S at 0715, 25>W at 0746, 10>S at 0812, 31>S at 0814, 42>SE at 0817, 35> W at 0824 and 20>SE at 1007, totalling exactly 200! It was very apparent that the Aire corridor was being used in both directions today. Finches in true October fashion were moving well with the biggest numbers of the season so far with movement in a multitude of directions! Golden Plovers were again on the move with four skeins today all going south east. A Ringed Plover went west at 0837. Skylarks were also well represented in the move today.