Nocturnal Listening Stations - Update
Lapwings frequently over in January, early Feburary (Airedale) followed very soon by the shrill 'kubeeks' of Oystercatcher passage (Airedale then Wharfedale)... then by the enigmatic migratory call of frequent Curlews (Wharfedale and Airedale) echoing around through silent skies, Golden Plover (Wharfedale)..... together with a smattering of varied geese and swamp birds. The end of February saw (or heard) the first Ringed Plover (Wharfedale) and Redshank (Airedale) of the season.... Thus the season continues with Friday evening bringing a tremendous skein of Whoopers (Airedale) nearby overhead as almost certainly they tracked fast north. The streaming sonogram which I didn't see live cause I was at the supermarket doing shopping just exploded, lighting up like a Christmas tree before blank white and empty again. Its a good job they wernt right overhead as with the elevated levels necessary, they would just have blown the roof off!! Interestingly, whilst several other passerine contacts, no Redwings yet but hopefully, weather patterns permitting they will be up there soon on their way back home.
Thanks to Lester for prodding me into and reviving the interest I had years ago but now on tap, this nocturnal migratory stream, albeit just like the vis whilst a bit thin / absent at times is most certainly very compulsive.
Whilst I write the rain has turned to exceptionally heavy SNOW so the edge of the inclemency is nigh!... off to hang some washing out soon.....