Tuesday, October 25, 2011

after the rain!.... 2011-10-24

 First visibility.... (c) 2011
 Getting better!!.... (c) 2011
 Out back.... (c) 2011

Starlings... west coast bound!.... three images (c) 2011

Oxenhope (Bradford) W Yorks 25th October 2011
SE F4, 9 reducing 4ok, 11degC, 500m increasing 25km, QNH 993 rising 995
0725 - 1100hr
Dave Barker, Howard Creber, Lester Ward

Fieldfare 190
Redwing 13
Starling 509
alba wagtail 2
Cormorant 1
Meadow Pipit 3
Siskin 5
bunting sp 1
Redpoll 1
Woodpigeon 168
Sparrowhawk 1
Goldfinch 63
Chaffinch 24
Snipe 5
Greenfinch 34
finch sp 7
Bullfinch 1
Stock Dove 2
Lapwing 10

Comments: Overnight rain band passing over to the NE and ceasing just before arrival leaving a nasty mixture of low fog stratus with driving fractus behind, all leading to a poor first couple of hours with very much reduced but variable visibilty. Despite the North Sea block, Starlings again the birds of the day with the very high WSW passage still going but to a much lesser extent, some even higher than yesterday as the sky was more open later on. The more normal NW passage was going as well. Again no real thrush migration as we like to see it just random movement but despite the general low numbers, both the birds and conditions were interesting.



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