Sunday, November 28, 2010

Oxenhope.... fire and ice!! 28-11-2010

Pre sunrise.... (c) 2010

Sun Up.... (c) 2010

Fire and Ice!!.. (c) 2010

Early sun with Sheepscape!... (c) 2010

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Sunday 28 November 2010
Counting period: 7:30-12:00
Weather: CALM, -9degC, 65km, yesterdays snow still lying, 0/8, QNH1005 rising
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving birds:
Pink-footed Goose 310 -
Greenfinch 3 -
Fieldfare 85 -
Goldfinch 2 -
Rook 1 -
Siskin 6 -
Chaffinch 1 -

Totals: 408 individuals, 7 species, 4:30 hours

Comments: Open sky and deepening temperatures overnight, sub zero remaining but rising slowly throughout the day... open skies throughout. In relation to yesterday very little apparent in the cold and open sky. Three skeins of pinks again SE but a few more passerines today

Counting period: 13:30-16:30
Weather: CALM, -3degC, 45km, yesterdays snow still lying, 0/8 becoming 8/8 with snow falling, QNH1005 rising
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving birds:
Pink-footed Goose 120 -

Totals: 120 individuals, 1 species, 3:00 hours

Comments: Conditions similar to am but with high cirrostratus gradually advancing from the SE, with snow invading also from the SE late afternoon... ideallic conditions to be out but very little avian traffic in the sky except for the masses of gulls roostwards bound despite the frozen water!

Oxenhope... blue and bitter! 27-11-2010

Ovenight Snow... petering out in the hills!... (c) 2010

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Saturday 27 November 2010
Counting period: 7:30-10:00
Weather: NE F3, -2degC, 60km, 8/8, QNH 1008 falling
Observers: Dave Barker

Moving birds:
Pink-footed Goose 291 -
Lapwing - 80
Wigeon 16 -
Starling - 1

Totals: 388 individuals, 4 species, 2:30 hours

Comments: A period of snow during the early hours left c15mm cover.. bitter cold but wildfowl and waders on the move... all high up. Three skeins of pinks SE and a skein of Wigeon W. The only passerine was a single starling NNW. Typically as I was leaving the sky was clearing and sun coming out!