Saturday, September 10, 2011

Oxenhope... fog stratus 2!! 2011-09-10

Frightened Brown Hare.... on the move!! (c) 2011

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Saturday 10 September 2011
Counting period: 6:20 - 9:50
Weather: wind South1, cloud-cover 6/8, precipitation drizzle, temperature 14 ℃, S F1 increasing S F5, 6ok, 14degC rising, Very humid, drizzle becoming established, 200-5000m, QNH 1001 falling
Observers: Dave Barker

Totals: 0 individuals, 0 species, 3:30 hours

Comments: A very poor morning aat 1300ft asl with cloudbase down to almost ground level (variable). First birds were a moderate party of Siskin, appearing wild and totally disorientated in the cloudbase as it merged into the land... they gradually worked off south as the variable cloudbase lifted a bit. Seven other also moderate parties were heard going through in the cloudbase throughout the morning but none could be seen owing to terrible conditions. Mipits were few and far between this morning with only a few heard directly overhead... conditions were not clear enough for long enough to allow lateral observations. A total clearout of mip bloggers since last weekend. A nice group of 15 Redpoll came W right overhead though later in the watch and a few LBBG and BHG were braving the fogs. A Wheatear was static on the wall and A group of 6 Curlew also appearing disorientated went W as I was leaving... No count today as numbers detected are not meaningful. Party sizes could not be determined and there would have been many more than we could hear.