Wycoller Ark, Lancashire... 20-10-2009
Coombe Cross watchpoint (c) 2009
Coombe Cross, Lancashire
Tuesday 20th October 2009
Counting period - 07.45 - 10.00 hrs
Weather - SSE F6 to F8, 4 deg C, 30km reducing, 7/8 initially, increasing 9/8 stratus, QNH 999 reducing 997.
Observers - Howard Creber
Moving Birds :-
Jackdaw - 18 high NW from high SE, over into Lancs
Wood Pigeon - 49 W
Starling - 120 NW (one flock) + 3 W
Mipit - 3 W
Goldfinch - 1 SE
Redwing - 38 E
Fieldfare - 62 E
A very raw morning at this new experimental watchpoint - a cutting wind chill factor initially caused me to seek refuge in my vehicle for first half hour (and YES! I am from Queensbury!).
The SSE winds did not help matters one iota. Virtually birdless apart from a single flock of 120 Starlings seen very high over Greystones moving NW. Perhaps they move high with a tail wind and low to the contours with a head wind or little wind?
Just as I was packing in at 09.55 hrs, a flock of 32 Redwing, followed quickly by 62 Fieldfare came low through the col EAST, interestingly. The Fieldfare were extemely low over the heather until out of sight.
Will try this site again when conditions more conducive.