Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oxenhope... bleak and desolate! 19-08-2010

Bleak and Desolate... but not quite empty!... (c) 2010
1500 - 1545hr
BH Gull 780
LBB Gull 260
Common Gull 2
These evidentally departed soon after as the shore, and sky was almost empty late pm.
S F2 becoming SSE F4, 14degC, 30km, rain, 9/8, QNH 1010 rising
1840 - 2100hr
Open sky overnight and until c 1030 when scattered through to c 1700, when light becoming moderate rain from the SW set in. Wind c SW all day F3 until becoming south concurrent with onset of rain late pm. QNH rising all day. Skies and rain very little to the NW... we were just on the very edge. Nothing of yesterdays influx around this evening... will now be someone elses birds!... but nevertheless some turn over as at 1955hr just as the rain grazing us had ceased, Ringed Plover calls were heard and a party of six small waders seen low over the water... when alighted one of them turned out to be a Sanderling! Increasing numbers of mipits in the evening skies up here but interestingly tonight... not a Swallow to be seen... for the first time this season!
LBB Gull 89
BH Gull 10
Herring Gull 1
Ringed Plover 5
Sanderling 1
Meadow Pipit 97 W and SW
Curlew 2