Monday, September 19, 2011

Oxenhope.... another ridge!... 2011-09-19

 First hint of Colour.... (c) 2011
 Pre Sunrise.... (c) 2011
 Rising Sun through Misting Rain.... (c) 2011
Looking the other way.... downpour on approach!... (c) 2011

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Monday 19 September 2011
Counting period: 6:20 - 11:10
Weather: wind West4, cloud-cover 6/8, precipitation rain, visibility 60000m, temperature 8 ℃, W F3/5, 4 increasing 8ok, 8degC rising, 60km, frequent showers, QNH 1008 rising 1009
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber, Gordon Holmes

Cormorant 3 -
Swallow 49 -
Starling - 2
Sparrowhawk 3 -
House Martin 11 -
Chaffinch 7 -
Snipe 3 -
Meadow Pipit 1365 -
finch sp. 3 -
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1
alba wagtail sp. 10 -
Greenfinch 7 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 28 -
Mistle Thrush 6 -
Goldfinch 1 -
Stock Dove 3 -
Blue Tit 2 -
Siskin 103 -
Skylark 4 -
Raven 1 -
Linnet 16 -

Totals: 1628 individuals, 21 species, 4:50 hours

Comments: Again conditions much better out to the east, with a series of heavy showers soon arriving from the west interestingly another ridge moving east. An active but thinly spread broad front mipit move, with many low number parties. Swallows almost none existant.... Siskins well represented with seven unseen/uncounted flocks detected. A Bar-tailed Godwit was well seen on approach, flypast and departure, dropping in a long drag from on high, then gaining ht on departure NW. Again always something on the go, despite the heavy showers and adverse conditions.....

Dave, Howard and Gordon

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