Thursday, September 29, 2011

buteo circus!!.... 2011-09-27

Pre sunrise.... (c) 2011
Sunrise.... (c) 2011
fractus dispersing.... (c) 2011
Mid morning ceiling.... (c) 2011
buteo circus in the sky.... a multiple "big top" migrational performance!... (c) 2011
circussp..... the real ringtailed thing!!.... (c) 2011
jays going through.... (c) 2011
Wheatears dropping in.... (c) 2011
Wheatear lifting off.... (c) 2011
pinks, pinks and pinks.... (c) 2011
pinks past the gate.... (c) 2011
the leaders of the skein.... low overhead.... (c) 2011
Skylarks dropping in.... (c) 2011

SSW F1/2 becoming SW F3 4 ok, 11degC and rising, 60km, QNH 1025 rising 1027

0630-1400hr DCB, HC, LW

High pressure setting in......Another thrilling day but with fewer mips/albas but compensated with mass (for here) Buzzard influx and migration. The first definate redwing of the season was heard high overhead in the calm and blackness of pre sunrise first light.... a good sign. Mipits seemed slow in comparison to yesterday but the end count was very respectable. Raptor passage was the main event ot the day however with a unprecedented influx/passage of Buzzards (normally absent here) into and through the area. At one time a multiple kettle was noted and eleven birds were located in a short space of time as they drifted south and east... as many as sixteen could have been involved in the passage. None the previous day with all gone the next day confirmed the passage never seen before in out dale, as genuine! A rintail picked up at great height interacting with one of the Buzzards was a teriffic find... it kept on going passing straight through also at height. Red Admirals were impressive with a broad front movement in place

Redwing 1+
mip 1950
alba 49
Goldfinch 48
Redpoll two unseen flocks
Linnet 14
Reed Bunting 2
Curlew 2
Linnet 22
Siskin five unseen flocks hear
Swallow 32
Dunnock 2
Stock Dove 1
Starling 16
finch sp 10
Jay 2
Song Thrush 1+
House Martin 5
Crossbill 2 + an unseen flock
Wheatear 4
Cormorant 1
Raven 3
pinks 50
Skylark 17
Red Admiral 20
Buzzard 11 - 16max
Sparrowhawk 6
rintail 1

Dave, Howard and Lester


Anonymous Howard Creber said...

Dave - stunning shot of the Wheatear lifting off - what say others ?..... and the montages are fantastic. Come on guy`s, get yer teeth into that theer ringtail jobby !!!

September 29, 2011 6:32 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Pleased it is to your liking Howard.

September 30, 2011 4:26 pm  

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