Sunday, April 18, 2010

Oxenhope... wheatear fall! 18-04-2010

Wheatears Wheatears Everywhere!! (c) 2010

Wheatear Montage.... just a few of the closer ones... (c) 2010

More Wheatears... (c) 2010

Lapwing in the Sun... (c) 2010

Redshank > NW... (c) 2010

Sacrifice Stones.... the tourist season!... (c) 2010

Wigeon in from the West.... (c) 2010

Residual Goldeneye... (c) 2010

CALM then W F1 then N F3, 1.2degC Frost, 15 increasing 40km, 1/8 deep haze increasing 8/8, QNH 1015 falling then rising 1016.
0700 - 1215hr
Deep haze and calm conditions lead to ideal viewing in the early period both near in and out to the east. For here a good diversity of birds today. A major Wheatear fall this morning in the general area with birds starting to appear mid am. Every wall top, derelict building and stone pile producing a few. By late morning.... not one to be seen.... all had moved off north. Also major Redshank and Common Sand influx overnight. Despite a poor showing yesterday in suboptimal conditions Meadow Pipits were moving strongly during the first hour or two, then to a lesser extent later on. A flava wag, quite distant, went high NE and a Redshank went fast and loud NW. A pair of Wigeon came in from the west to land and a large group of Oystercatchers went moderate height east. Interesting that in the calm gulls were almost absent in the skies... yesterdays masses of lessers had just evapourated.
Moving Birds:
Meadow Pipit 121 > N
House Martin 1 > N
flava wagtail 1 > NE
Sand Martin 2 > N
Collared Dove 3 > E
Swallow 21 > N
Linnet 32 > NW
Redshank 1 > NW
Carrion Crow 11 > N and NE
Oystercatcher 9 > E
Starling 1 > N
Jay 1 > E
Wheatear 21 > N
LBB Gull 3 > NW
BH Gull 2 > NW
Wigeon 2 > E
Redpoll 1 > N
Common Sand 3, major Redshank arrival. Willow Warbler


Blogger Brian Sumner said...

Great pics Dave, the Wheatears seem to be going straight through this spring, none at Fly this a.m.and none at Soil Hill p.m.
Glad you also got Common Sand.

April 18, 2010 4:42 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Cheers Bri. They didnt seem to hang around here either... but sure as owt there will be more and bigger waves to come!

April 18, 2010 7:54 pm  
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April 18, 2010 9:17 pm  

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