Sunday, May 09, 2010

Oxenhope... the end is near! 09-05-2010

Common Sandpiper... pair... (c) 2010

Hedge Sparrow... a very rare visitor to the watchpoint!

E F1 rising E F4, 7deg (heavy frost first thing), 65km, 0/8 increasing 8/8 stratocumulus, QNH 1016 falling.
0700 - 1100hr

With the exception of the lessers a morning of cold crisp empty skies initially. A Cuckoo came in from the south east perched briefly in the wood before going on NW. A Herring Gull passed N with the lessers. No hirundines or Swifts at all to day. The most interesting thing this morning was a Dunnock pair which arrived at the watchpoint and chased around abit before moving off, only to return a short while later. They were at very close range and the immediate environs were without doubt attracting them!!

Moving Birds:
LBB Gull 106
Herring Gull 1
Cuckoo 1

Dunnock 2


Stainburn Moor, Harrogate... 08-05-2010

Stainburn Moor, Harrogate (N Yorks, England)
Saturday 8 May 2010
Counting period: 6:45-7:55
Weather: NW F4 7'C 8/8 30miles
Observers: J Blacker

Moving Birds:
Cormorant - 1
House Martin 1 -
Swallow - 5
Meadow Pipit - 2

Totals: 9 individuals, 4 species, 1:10 hours

Present: Kestrel 1, Lapwing 2, Curlew 6, Stock Dove 2, Swallow 6, alba wagtail sp. 1, Dunnock 1, Rook 12, Carrion Crow 18, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 1, Linnet 4

Comments: Unpleasant watching, cold and little happening