Friday, October 29, 2010

Oxenhope... desperate! 29-10-2010

Just Dark and Nasty!!... (c) 2010

Multy Layer.... (c) 2010

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Friday 29 October 2010
Counting period: 7:30-10:10
Weather: S F5/6, 12degC, 30km, 8/8 multi layerd, QNH 997 falling 987 by 1900hr
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber, Lester Ward

Moving birds:
Fieldfare 20 -
Starling - 1
Redwing 9 -
Greenfinch - 1

Totals: 31 individuals, 4 species, 2:40 hours

Comments: Broken sky overnight deteriorating deeply overcast with showers late am. Wind from a southerly qtr with QNH falling deeply throughout. Virtually no movement with only a single Starling NW on the continental track and at this optimum time of year. Just dark and nasty!! Desperately in need of the next arrival here!

Dave and Howard

Hunter Hill, Calderdale.... 29-10-2010

Cold Edge, Halifax (W Yorks, England)
Friday 29 October 2010
Counting period: 7:50-10:50
Weather: Strong southerly wind F4/F5. 12C with 100% low cloud lifting slightly with reasonably good visibility
Observers: David Sutcliffe, Jane Uttley

Moving birds:
Goosander 2 -
Starling 7 -
Woodpigeon 14 -

Totals: 23 individuals, 3 species, 3:00 hours

Present: Grey Heron 1, Canada Goose 27, Lapwing 170, Black-headed Gull 80, Common Gull 20, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2, Fieldfare 120, Redwing 6, Magpie 6, Jackdaw 50, Carrion Crow 20

Comments: Plenty local birds around oncluding gulls and corvids with reasonably good evidence of Fieldfares and a few Redwings to and fro in the valley and c90 Lapwings to the north-west of Soil Hill and c80 towards Queensbury/Shelf areas, all in the distance but probably in the fields and disturbed by predators. What a struggle to find any movers! The highlight was 2 Goosanders >S with 7 Starlings west just as we left.

David Sutcliffe

Caldene Fields, Low Moor.... 29-10-2010

Caldene Fields, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Friday 29 October 2010
Counting period: 7:30-9:00
Weather: Dry with 80% high broken cloud and a strong F4 to 5 S wind, mild 11c. Excellent visibility to 20+ miles
Observers: Martyn Priestley

Moving birds:
Black-headed Gull 5 -
Carrion Crow 2 + 1
Woodpigeon 12 -
Chaffinch 1 + 1
alba wagtail sp. 4 + 2
Greenfinch 11 -
Jackdaw 31 -
Goldfinch - 1

Totals: 71 individuals, 8 species, 1:30 hours

Comments: Booked a days holiday so had to go out in the strong mild S wind!! and only Jackdaws were prepared to battle against it. No other movements noted.

Martyn Priestley