Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oxenhope... 2012-10-11

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Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Thursday 11 October 2012
Counting period: 6:40-12:30
Weather: wind SE2, cloud-cover 2/8, precipitation rain, visibility 65000m, temperature 6 ℃, becoming SE F3, 9ok, 6000m, deep haze, then 10000m, 8degC, QNH1007 falling 1004
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber

Moving Birds:
Cormorant - 7
Redwing - 1041
Pink-footed Goose - 80
Mistle Thrush - 1
Goosander 7 -
Jay - 2
Curlew - 2
Jackdaw - 161
Woodpigeon 1 -
Starling - 176
Skylark - 1
Greenfinch 3 -
Meadow Pipit 63 -
Goldfinch 3 -
alba wagtail sp. 3 -

Totals: 1551 individuals, 15 species, 5:50 hours

Comments: Detail report to follow. From 1100 at lower watchpoint..... Dire except for good high redwing arrival NW (32 flocks, max 170) slanted towards initial period from arrival to before sky and visibility closed in... and first good sized Starling flocks on the continental track. Pinks west and low..... deep haze layer far to east before sunrise but approaching to envelop after c90mins. Despite the haze, a deep red ball sunrise over the North Sea through it and a clear window of almost open sky above far out to the east above. Very high and tight thrush balls from the off, way up coming in over the haze layer, well before sunrise all NW, not easy to see scoping into the brilliance. some dropping into the trees vertically from on high, but the vast majority straight through. By c0800hr the haze had advanced from the east and the sky had overdrawn from the west leaving a barely workable milky morass.... the stench of pollution was again overpowering and upon checking the charts the air was found to be passing through and over central europe as well as the british midlands.... not nice and unexpected up here on the moors! Thrushes appeared to abruptly dry up for a while but then in front of the rain started coming again in quite big flocks, same direction but much lower now. Rain from the east, actually spreading from the south west by just after 1100, necessitated continuing from the lower watchpoint, where with better visibility thrushes still moving



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