Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Caldene Fields, Low Moor... 21/20-10-2009

Morning all, 21-10-2009

No records today from Caldene Fields due to thick fog give visibility to only 1/2 mile so turn over in bed and sulked !! later checked local birds around Caldene Fields and no real increase in local birds so as yesterday possibly not much movement here anyway ( well that makes me feel a bit better ! )

Having said that at 00.30 on 19/10 I did hear a couple of Redwing calls over Low moor but earlier in the evening there were no calls in Bradford City centre or Lidget Green.

Hope others have able to get out and get their daily fix!!



Caldene Fields, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Tuesday 20 October 2009
Counting period: 7:30-9:15
Weather: A dry cold start, temperature 3c with a F2 /3 S/E wind and 70% low cloud mainly to the S/S/W. giving fairly dull viewing conditions. Overall visibility was around 7 miles. Around 08.00 low cloud increased to about 90% with clearer skies to the E.
Observers: Martyn Priestley

Moving birds:
Black-headed Gull 97 -
Redwing 38 6
Stock Dove - 2
Jackdaw 6 -
Woodpigeon 58 -
Carrion Crow 5 4
Meadow Pipit 3 -
Starling 121 -
alba wagtail sp. 5 + 4
Chaffinch 9 -
Blackbird - 2
Greenfinch 38 -
Fieldfare 1 -

Totals: 399 individuals, 13 species, 1:45 hours

Comments: The relative poor conditions could not be blamed for a quite watch here today with little passage noted. Greenfinch the few that did moved in general were fairly high up and a few Woodies hugged the ground as there battled against the cross wind.

Martyn Priestley

Oxenhope... a desolate day! 21-10-2009

Last light this evening.... looking NW (c) 2009

Congested but clearing late afternoon sky... looking NW (c) 2009

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Wednesday 21 October 2009
Counting period: 8:30-12:00
Weather: S F2, 10degC, 100m improving 4000m, 8/8 fog stratus, QNH 995 falling then rising
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving birds:
Starling - 76

Totals: 76 individuals, 1 species, 3:30 hours

Comments: A morning at deep fog with a little drizzle at the main watchpoint so diversified to a lower point nearby and stuck out albeit with one or two walks round to keep the circulation going. No thrushes seen but several Redwings / parties of Redwing went over in the fog and Fieldfare calls were heard. Starlings were the only birds actually seen moving close to the ground as the fog started to raise. Three parties totalling 76 were seen. Cloudbase lifting well now at c1315hr so off out after lunch now for another go!


Counting period: 16:00-18:00
Weather: SSE F5, 11degC, 6km E - 10km W, 8/8 stratus, cu fractus, cu congestus, QNH 995 rising
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving birds:
Meadow Pipit 5 -

Totals: 5 individuals, 1 species, 2:00 hours

Present: Goosander 45, Lesser Black-backed Gull 6, Herring Gull 1, small gull spec. 3500, alba wagtail sp. 43

Comments: A late afternoon visit specifically to check that starlings wernt going back to the SE!... they wernt and infact no Starlings were seen at all, confirming the authenticity of the vis. The mipits went thro at 1720, 1733 and 1759hr. Gull, goosander and alba roosts were doing well and expanding nicely!