Monday, December 14, 2009

Oxenhope... 13-12-2009

Out in the field all day today except for a necessary visit to the supermarket early PM

Oxenhope Dave Barker, Howard Creber
0845 - 1045hr
N F2/3, 4degC, 40km, 2/8 variable, QNH 1032 falling

Few birds in the sky and no moving flocks / skeins. Counting much interupted by conversations with local characters and also by initial setup of watchpoint communications network. Thus no trektellen entry, except for a sample count to follow.

Then on to Norr Hill

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 1:26 PM,

Two skeins of pinks very high NW this am over Norr Hill, Wilsden, W Yorks. 1205 and 1255 (64 + 102) it seem to me that there is an earlier movement in this direction this year? or is it just normal settling down in the winter period?

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Finally to check out local Jackdaw roost 1500 - 1645 again. Found now to be c 6000 strong. A continental bird was scoped very briefly in the very mobile pre roost... it could not be relocated and only one was seen in all of the thousands. The arial evolutions of the whole last light roost was a real massed spectacle. Worth every minute and effort of the walk!