Monday, April 12, 2010

Oxenhope... super whoopers! 12-04-2010

From out of the Fogs.... came forth WHOOPERS!! (c) 2010

Whooper Swans... five images (c) 2010
For your enjoyment.... double click these images to make them bigger!

E F1 rising E F3, 2.2 deg C, 300m reducing 60m then increasing 60km, 8/8 fog reducing 3/8 cu sp, QNH 1031 steady.
0615 - 1200hr... the first three hours conventional counting then casual obs for the rest of the visit.
later pm visit also to confirm the LBB Gull passage rate at 46 per hour.
Limited visibility initially was again short lived as the fogs rolled in from the east before 0700hr and all shut down. Just a few mipits moving and again Linnets in the first hour but this upland watchpoint was really enveloped in fog and conditions were ubsuitable. As the fogs started to lift at 0945hr "whooping" was heard from the middle water now becoming visible and low and behold a herd of whoopers was slowly emerging towards us (myself, Shaun and Mike.... our new warden).... they were exceptionally tame and at one point we thought that they were coming to be fed!!.... a totally un natural experience....
Moving Birds:
Meadow Pipit 17 > N
Linnet 7 > W
LBB Gull c 40 > N and NW
Whooper Swan 8
Oystercatcher 2

Lesser black backed Gulls passing through.... (c) 2010

Linnets... fresh back this week! (c) 2010
Dave, Shaun and Mike.


Blogger Brian Sumner . said...

Good pics Dave, the Linnets a stonker.

April 12, 2010 6:43 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Yes the Linnet does look ok on the snap, better than I thought it would do as it was a fair distance away.... but I just managed to get away with it!

April 13, 2010 8:05 pm  

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