Sunday, May 02, 2010

Oxenhope... kite flying high! 02-05-2010

Kite flying high south!... montage (c) 2010
NE F3, 3degC, 65km, 6/8 increasing 8/8, intermittent showers, QNH1015 rising.
0650 - 1045hr
A most nasty bitter cold morning morning for early May.... Even muffed up with hats, fleeces, leggings and gloves it was distinctly unpleasant at this altitude... with hands ending up like bunches of bananas to say the least. Passerines were almost zero with most unusually Goldfinches coming out top... but as usual the lessers didnt seem to mind with the best day this year so far. Again movement at all altiutudes with some exceptionally high and in a multitude of northerly directions. A Kite was the best bird by far soaring exceptionaly high and distant S on the wind... even in the scope it was just an interesting spot in the sky... but the electronic eye had no such trouble easily resolving enough detail despite the dismal skies and dark light. Sadly for here a "one off" through south and not to return.
Moving Birds:
Lesser black backed Gull 178 > N
Kite 1 > S
Curlew 1 > E
Goldfinch 15 > NW
Meadow Pipit 1 > N
Swallow 3 > N
Wheatear 2 > N


Blogger Brian Sumner said...

Kite photos come out great Dave to say it was a spot in the sky.Its even picked up the white markings on it. If I,d have been 10 mins earlier it would be on my tick list now.

May 02, 2010 4:10 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

A good job there was at least something moving Brian... it made a poor morning worth while.

May 02, 2010 7:29 pm  

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