Sunday, May 30, 2010

Oxenhope... ringed plover surge! 30-05-2010

Ringed Plover.... five of six arriving from the SE... (c) 2010

Ringed Plover six of eight on the deck... (c) 2010
Double click to find and count them!

Dunlin... (c) 2010

Dunlin... (c) 2010

Meadow Pipit in the Heather... (c) 2010

Dunlin against the light! (c) 2010

NW F1 rising NW F6, 9degC rising, 65km, 4/8, -1100, QNH 1007 rising 1010.
0600 - 1145hr
A brilliant fresh morning after yesterdays fogs and deluge with most importantly waders still hard on the move. Eight Ringed Plovers... these must have arrived overnight... were in the bay upon arrival. Upon first spooking of the lessers these left almost immediately to the NW. Then a period of quiet before another six arrived from the SE in a tight group. These didnt stop and went straight on through NW. A small party of Dunlin were feeding at the edge during the first part of the morning before disapearing unseen. To compound on yesterdays Starling event... the first this autumn c150 were in the in-byes and appeared to be working north.
Moving birds:
Ringed Plover 14 > NW
Dunlin 4
Lesser BB Gull 36 > N
Starling 150 > N
Swallow 6 > NW
House Martin 5 > NW
Cuckoo 1


Blogger welchs said...

Agree, on date, Ringed Plovers must be from far north, did you confirm tundrae visually? Just curious as you mentioned direction NW - I believe Greenland breeders also pass throo late May and these are actually hiaticula, though perhaps a little smaller than our residents.

Dunlins, meanwhile, look like schinzii - so on date these are also northern, though not alpina which are far north; but some schinzii also go to Iceland and SE Greenland. Nice pics!

Meanwhile here in Lothian the last migrant I saw was a Wheatear, by coincidence a Greenlander, on Saturday; my latest date for an apparent migrant here was 5 June!

June 01, 2010 12:52 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Cheers Stephen, have replied fully on the Group site, Thanks for the info with which I agree. Dave

June 01, 2010 9:52 pm  

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