Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Oxenhope.... evening comes good! 08-09-2010

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Wednesday 8 September 2010
Counting period: 6:15-6:45
Weather: CALM, 12degC, 100m, 8/8 fog, QHN 1003 rising
Observers: Howard Creber

Totals: 0 individuals, 0 species, 0:30 hours

Comments: Was up at the watchpoint this morning for 06.15 hrs , hoping the mist was only lying in the bottoms, but no, got thicker as I went up the hill. Stopped & listened for a while, but completely quiet - not a single call !!

Counting period: 18:40-21:00
Weather: E F1 becoming CALM then SW F1, 14degC, 65km, 1/8, QNH 1005 rising
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving Birds:
Redshank 3 -
Swallow 20 -
Common Sandpiper 1 -
Meadow Pipit 3 -

Totals: 27 individuals, 4 species, 2:20 hours

Present: Wigeon 3, Teal 4, Mallard 36, Goosander 18, Lapwing 74, Black-headed Gull 73, Lesser Black-backed Gull 161

Comments: Mist forming early over the hills last night to become thick fog by dawn and remaining similar for much of the morning. Sky becoming scattered by noon then open by mid afternoon. winds almost calm or from an easterly quarter during the day with rising QNH through out. Nothing moving in the sky early evening except for a few Swallows but a couple of Redshank came in from the NE then left SW later on.... conditions during the hour after sunset were ideallic... you could hear for miles and miles! Another two seperate Redshank came over WSW calling from the black and a Common Sandpiper came in also from the NE calling all of the time and eventually also going off SW into the very slight wind.


Reva, Rombalds Moor.... fogged off! 08-09-2010

Fog dominated this morning's visit. Visibility on arrival at 08.00 was down to 100 feet. I stayed until 10.00 but only saw the reservoir for about five minutes when the mist thinned at about 09.30. At times, a light NE breeze came and went.

Bird totals as follows
Swallow 2 east
Meadow Pipit - one group of 28 north, 3 others went east.

The visibility had not improved by 10.00 so I left.

Local birds calling - Dunnock, Wren, Chaffinch, Little Owl.

Shaun Radcliffe