Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Oxenhope..... 2012-08-28

Two Images, Copyright 2012 HC

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Counting period: 6:00-12:30
Weather: Details later
Observers: Howard Creber

Moving Birds:
Cormorant 4 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 96 -
Goosander 1 -
Swift 1 -
Knot 1 -
Swallow 26 -
Arctic Skua 1 -
Meadow Pipit 41 -
Black-headed Gull 1 -
Greenfinch 1 -

Totals: 173 individuals, 10 species, 6:30 hours

Comments: Weather details and migs present to follow. A slow morning in gusty 4/5 westerly winds. Movement minimal but drudgery broken by two excellent birds. Firstly a Knot flew in very close to the watchpoint and went high over the moor to the south west (0715). Then, during the middle of the second period, a warm toned juvenile Arctic Skua was observed being mobbed by six Jackdaws in the direction of Keighley.The bird managed to shake off the corvids and flew west until over towards Keighley Moor , whereupon it did a 180 and set off high ,directly east, at a tremendous rate of knots until lost to sight way out towards Bradford (1150). A short period away, mid morning was unavoidable.
Howard Creber


Blogger Brian Sumner . said...

Two good birds there Howard, well spotted.
We were watching for Skuas at this end over the weekend after a few reports of inland birds.

August 29, 2012 6:56 pm  
Anonymous Howard Creber said...

Hey up Brian. Yes thanks for that.Well pleased with the two birds, esp the Skua.For me, that is only the third skua from the watchpoint in over 20 years.

August 30, 2012 9:07 am  
Blogger AndyC said...
Nice one with the Skua....Keep up the sound recording dave listen to t one........

August 30, 2012 4:47 pm  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

Dont worry Andy, I'm still at it, just a little timelag with the analysis but will come in due course. Thanks for the link and will check it out.....

August 31, 2012 7:36 pm  

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