Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oxenhope... 2012-08-25

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Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Saturday 25 August 2012
Counting period: 11:50-15:30
Weather: cloud-cover 8/8, precipitation rain, visibility 10000m, temperature 17 ℃, Thunder storms developing, visibility becoming 1000m later, very warm and still, QNH 998 rising 999
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber

Moving Birds:
Black-headed Gull - 1
Swallow 178 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 12 -
House Martin 1 -
Stock Dove 2 -
flava wagtail sp. 1 -
Swift 5 -

Totals: 200 individuals, 7 species, 3:40 hours

Present: Spotted Flycatcher 1

Comments: Visit timed to suit clearance of fogs. Thunder storms developing and tracking over from Lancashire with torrential rain for a short while, otherwise just spitting but visibility becoming poor again. Urgent Swallow movement and a few Swifts in front of and across track of advancing storm. Spotted Flycatcher hunting from posts on open in-bye, many insects even when spitting. flava SW into storm. An interesting and dramatic three hours.



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