Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oxenhope.... 2012-10-23

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Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Counting period: 7:30 - 15:00
Weather: wind NE1, cloud-cover 8/8, visibility 200m, temperature 9 ℃, becoming NE F2 the CALM before E F2, FOG, MIST 200m - 3000m, variable with ceiling c500 lifting 800ft, 11deg, QNH 1026 ridging 1027
Observers: Dave Barker, Howard Creber  

Moving birds:
Meadow Pipit 6 -
Redwing 747+ 300
alba wagtail sp. 2 -
Mistle Thrush - 12
Fieldfare - 2
Chaffinch 8 -

Totals: 1077 individuals, 6 species, 7:30 hours

Comments: Again fogged at normal upper WP throughout. A single call drew attention to a very large Redwing flock NW in the cloudbase during early twilight at one low wp, otherwise all thrush movement detected SE today. After yesterday, again all normal and known low arrival mistroutes checked and just not working today.... all moving thrush flocks E and SE and all well into the cloudbase or above and most only just visible. Lots of noisy mixed thrush either dropping into or already settled in the moorland cloughs and valleys. So a poor day for us, sitting it out at one of our low watchpoints, then back up to the top, but no improvement, in fact worse, so an early finish today.



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