Saturday, January 05, 2013

Giga Ganzen! 2013-01-05

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Oxenhope 2013-01-05

A tremendous day with geese to the fore throughout.

Thanks for the Barnacles go to sharp eyed Danny for finding them and Brian Sumner for the grapevine message..... Originally thought to be 35, we got 37 (DCB, HC, RHP) thinking we hadn't got them all owing the to complex folds in the ground and BS later confirmed 44 after they had moved into a more favourable position..... We also had a group of pinks dropping in to stay and feed for a while....... however these local Barnacle mega's were dwarfed by the magnitude of pink passage, first noted late am, to continue right through til last light.

Summation of my (HC) Pinkies, all directly over Oxenhope, is :- circa 300 NW - 14.15 hrs circa 300 NW - 14.25 hrs circa 750 NW - 14.35 hrs ( this was a multi chevroned skein - spectacular ) circa 120 NW - 14.45 hrs 12 NW - 15.15 hrs ( directly over house ) All birds flying way up above cloud base and viewed only because of good breaks in cloud cover. HC.

Pinkfeet going very similar here and mine (DCB) right up to dusk. I probably missed some early ones tho as I didn't start as early as you. First the ones to add to your oxenhope totals are the 27 that you rang us about, the 7 that dropped out and came in whilst we were all there and the 45 that went over as I was leaving. Mine a: 230, 290, 300, 160, 420, 7, 29........ With the last theee skeins just before dusk. Perhaps missed some before this as came in thinking they were done, then had those whilst out on walk...... Hoping for a nocturnal skein and recording now but nothing yet, but could have got some fantastic recordings this pm if mic had been on then as a couple of skeins right over head. Most of mine travelling NNW and thus would have come nowhere near you in Oxenhope village Howard.

Skeins also over Esholt and Wharfedale in the afternoon (LW). 



Blogger Brian Sumner . said...

Great photos Dave, what a start to the year.
Nice to see the blog back

January 05, 2013 9:23 pm  
Blogger Danny said...

Well done re-locating the Baracle Geese at Leeshaw,they were still on the water when we left.Your pictures are great the birds look even more stunning out of the water, and all those skeins of Pink-footed Geese as well,a memorable day all round.Danny.

January 06, 2013 8:26 am  
Blogger Dave Barker said...

A great find locally Danny and the credit is all yours! I said to Brian a great sighting for me and the biggest number I have ever seen in our area. HC, RHP and myself all transfixed by them..... thats after we managed to find them, as they were hiding very well when we arrived. Will check out your web, where perhaps you have snaps? and get a link to it from mine later on Danny. Thanks also Bri, pinks phenomenal over us as well.... I can remember as a small boy on the tops, being terrified by these periodic snakeing, reptilian, lines of yelping dog masses in the sky. Somehow then they seemed to be much lower, more noisy and tremendously threatening! Now, with understanding I just cant get enough of them..... A great team effort and thanks from us to you all again!!

January 06, 2013 9:07 am  
Anonymous Howard Creber said...

Stunning photo`s of stunning birds.A grand spectacle all round.

January 06, 2013 4:23 pm  

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