Saturday, April 17, 2010

Oxenhope... lessers on their way! 17-04-2010

Lessers on their Way.... four images (c) 2010
W F2 rising W F5, 6degC, 10km deep haze, 2/8 cirro sp, QNH 1021 falling
0700 -1130hr
Little evidence of passerine movement through the "silent skies" with only a handful of Swallows on the move and all of those seen were skimming the in-bye low north.... mips seem today to have gone to earth with just two birds seen passing north. Lesser black backed Gulls were however "going for it" with a constant stream, even a broad front out over Airedale going NW in singles and fews.... without the haze probably many more would have been picked up. In additionn to several smaller parties, a very large congregation of Carrion Crows went off high north... very little else however!
Moving Birds:
LBB Gull 83 > N and NW
Carrion Crow 31 > N
Swallow 6 > N
Meadow Pipit 2 > N
Goldfinch 1 > W
Cormorant 1 > E
BH Gull 1 > NW
Linnet 4 > NW


Blogger Brian Sumner said...

Great photos Dave, as you say, strange to see a planeless sky with no contrails. The save the earth people will be hoping this continues a while to save on pollution. Only thing over here have been a couple of helicopters. Looks like Nigel may be having a longer stay in Turkey than he expected!

April 17, 2010 5:12 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Yes strangely silent.... I'd forgotten about Nigel, but its a good job he managed to get off in the clear. Sure he will enjoy and extra few days, so long as thats all it runs to?

April 17, 2010 6:43 pm  
Blogger stephen lilley said...

Hi Dave Like the Wheatear , best yet. Looks as though its sat on the Res Wall. Cheers Stephen

April 18, 2010 9:20 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Cheers Stephen... as you can see I was spoilt for choice a bit... they varied a lot but this one was very tame.... a beautiful rich bird.

April 19, 2010 6:45 pm  

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