Friday, September 07, 2012


Eight images all Copyright 2012.

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Sunday 2 September 2012
Counting period: 6:00-16:00
Weather: wind SW3, precipitation drizzle, visibility 6000m, temperature 14 ℃, Misting drizzle initially soon improving with visibility in excess of 100000m. Wind becoming W F3/4 1ok, at 19degC. QNH troughing overnight 1020 rising 1022.
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber, Rodney Procter
Moving Birds:
Cormorant 5 -
Black-headed Gull 208 -
Meadow Pipit 3 -
Common Buzzard 2 -
Common Gull 11 -
alba wagtail sp. 10 -
Merlin 1 -
Lesser Black-backed Gull 985 -
Wheatear 9 -
Golden Plover 6 -
Herring Gull 2 -
Goldfinch 15 -
Dunlin 3 -
Swift 5 -
Linnet 2 -
Snipe 47 -
Swallow 17 -

Totals: 1331 individuals, 17 species, 10:00 hours

Comments: A poor start with misting drizzle soon improving but virtually no passers. Uncountable mips still blogging but quite obvious over the last three days that the swallow flow has been cut and that many birds have moved off, as very few in the sky anywhere. Snipe hareing w through, exceptionally strong with eight parties including a magnificent 21, all following a similar track and all much highter today. LBBG's also streaming very high along the usual tracks but broad front in addition today. albas making an obvious start but later on with high birds seen. Raptors few in evidence except for a couple of c buzz ve high SE and an afternoon merlin the same way.



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