Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Oxenhope... med gull at last! 10-08-2010

Yellow legged Gull.... sundays bird... (c) 2010

Med Gull... a year tick for here!... (c) Brian Vickers

Yellow legged Gull... todays bird... (c) Brian Vickers

Sunset beyond Bowland... (c) 2010

W F3 increasing W F4 / 5
1000 - 1215hr

Curlew 2
LBB Gull 440
Yellow legged Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Common Gull 1
BH Gull 20
Med Gull 1 ad in moult
Wheatear 2

Med Gull a year tick for the site.

Brian Vickers

W F5, 16degC, 65km, 6/8 becoming 8/8 with showers, QNH 1007 steady all day
1815 - 2130hr

Open sky overnight with virtually no wind. Picking up WSW variable W from c0600hr. Then becoming scattered with occasional showers but essentially a dry day but with increasing wind to drop off as night came in. Very few birds in the sky with continuing blackhead crash and again almost no passage waders... a very unusual scenario here for the time of year. Wheatears were on the fences on the way in together with a Stonechat... the first of the autumn but all in all a poor evening.

Moving birds
LBB Gull 110
BH Gull 1
Wheatear 2
Stonechat 1
Curlew 1
Meadow Pipit 6


Oxenhope... blackhead crash! 09-08-2010

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Monday 9 August 2010
Counting period: 10:20-11:40
Observers: Brian Vickers

Moving Birds
Cormorant - 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 365 -
Curlew 5 -
Yellow-legged Gull - 2
Black-headed Gull 20 -

Totals: 393 individuals, 5 species, 1:20 hours

Comments: Yellow legged Gull... 1 ad... 1 2s

Counting period: 14:30-16:00
Weather: Strengthening winds. Low cloud and drizzle starting
Observers: M and F Stones

Moving Birds;
Curlew 3 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 399 -
Black-headed Gull 108 -
Herring Gull 2 -

Totals: 512 individuals, 4 species, 1:30 hours

Counting period: 18:40-21:30
Weather: W F3 reducing F1, 16degC, 65km, 4/8 becoming 8/8, QNH 1008 falling all day
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving birds;
Curlew 3 -
Swallow 43 -
Black-headed Gull 11 -
Meadow Pipit 10 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 151 -

Totals: 218 individuals, 5 species, 2:50 hours

Present: Curlew 9

Comments: Open sky overnight until c 0900 then becoming scattered, with rain after 1120 and also during pm with very heavy shower late pm. Sky improving after tea. Few mipits on the westward track again but most interestingly after sunset three groups of Swallows totalling 43 came up out of the valley close to the ground... even at this time quite obviously on the move westward over the open moor! At least nine Curlews came in to roost.