Birdbrain Stuff

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ogden

2 Fieldfare
1 Snipe on Back lane
1 Red Grouse by the 'giant's tooth'
Goldfinch - c60 in the trees (pre roost) by the 'Causway Foot'
Small tit flock including 2 Goldcrests

Nothin Doin

The NE winds failed to bring any exotica from Scandinookia to our area this morning.

Soil Hill 0940hrs 1 Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, 4 Grey Partridge. 3 LBBG showing the dark backs of fuscus flew over > SW.


The top field has now been dug up and most scrapes have disappeared; the remainder will go within the next couple of days at the rate those lads are crackin on at.




Ogden Res - only a few Gulls on the water. Jay again on the Lodge feeder with a female Reed Bunting in the area besides the usual species.

Oats Royd - 2 Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, and... bugger it, not worth going on.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Depressville

Shooting the Rapids
Emptyness
No, not the reservoir, Syke Lane

Ogden Reservoir
29/11/2009 Heavy rain, fog, NW>3 Floods. Other than that perfect conditions.
A deadly quiet morning with nothing on the water other than 4 BH Gulls and the usual ducks.
2 Jays were on the lodge feeders along with Chaffinch and a few Tits and Goldcrests were around the reservoir.
What you might call a washout .
Dave, Nigel had Grey Partridge on Ringby so you are probably right about the disappearance of the seed, thats what happened on Soil Hill.
BS
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Brambling

This appeared in the garden this morning (Park Lane), when the snow was falling. It seems to be hanging about with the Greenfinch flock, and likes to be in the darkest area-hardly the ideal conditions, so apologies for the dreadful shot. Watch the Greenfinches, Nigel! Denise



Friday, November 27, 2009

Ringby Lane and Ogden

Ringby Lane
No sign of the Snow Bunting
9 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit
94 Carrion Crows
1 Sparrowhawk

Ogden
4 Redpoll over

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)


Images this afternoon from Ringby Lane
above - looking towards Brighouse - Denholme Gate Road
below - looking towards Halifax


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Brambling

In amongst a small flock of greenfinches and chaffinches was a female brambling on the sunflower seeds this morning. But generally very quiet at the moment.

Soaked IV

Fooled by clear skies I arrived at a windy and quiet Ogden to see only a few Gulls on the water. The Dipper was seen at both the bottom and top end of the reservoir, unless there are two birds, which I personally doubt. A Grey Heron flew over E very high and the Kingfisher put in a noisy brief appearance.

I took a look through the bins at the top of Soil Hill where I could see both the bulldozer and the caterpillar big shovel thingy working. The N/NW section is now being excavated so I decided it would be pointless in visiting.

Still fooled by the windy but dry weather I arrived at Swalesmoor at 1220hrs. Within 5 minutes the wind increased threefold and the heavens opened up; it was so difficult having horizontal, almost freezing rain in your face, I gave in to sanity and called it a day after just 20 minutes.

7 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit and Crows etc. If the Snow Bunting was still there it wasn't in the usual area.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

1 very flighty Snow Bunting still present at 1.30 pm by the manure heap - it went to feed on the banking just to the back of the large metal fence where there are lots of weeds.

2 Ravens passed close by me on the ridge calling away and heading towards Soil Hill
6 Skylarks
23 Meadow Pipits
3 Pied Wagtails
4 Fieldfare >NW
12 Common Gulls
lots of corvids

Spoiled Hill

SH 1410hrs almost another blank but a Kestrel, Skylark & Meadow Pipit ruined my chances. The place is almost unworkable now owing to the intensive tipping and excavation so I cut the trip short and had a gander at Raggalds. Here were 2 Pied Wagtail, a few Jackdaw and around 130 Gulls, mainly Common, on the floods.

Swalesmoor

The Snow Bunting with the well marked back was present in the usual field, last seen at 1130hrs. Also present:

28 Lapwing, Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit, Common Gull, 2 imm large Gulls on the Herringish side, 6 Skylark, Goldfinch and Crows galore.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ringby Top

Ringby Top, pm last light. Atrocious conditions, SW>6 Heavy horizontal rain.

All birds were again around the square patch of feed and near to the manure piles although the Snow Bunts were,nt showing. Another hardy birder was wandering around in the form of Ian Scott. Unfortunately one Bunt showed about 10 mins after Ian had left but it was only a quick fly over in amongst 7 Skylark and 4 Meadow Pipits. The bird disappeared over the wire and into the long grass at the opposite side of the track. With bins steamed up and clothes dripping I thought it was time to call it a day.

16 Meadow Pipit
7 Skylark
1 Snow Bunting
9 Pied Wagtail
3 Stock Doves
+ usual sp.
BS

OGDEN



22/11/2009 Cold W>5 turning SW>4. Heavy showers.
A quiet morning with nothing on the water other than a few BH Gulls and Commons.
Dipper showed well but poor light ended me up with a load of poor and blurry photos, just when I was trying to beat Nigels.
The highlight of the morning was a flock of calling Crossbills which flew over the Dipper pool and dropped down into the trees further upstream.

12 Crossbills
1 Dipper
4 Goldcrests
+ usual Wrens, Robins, Tits etc.
BS
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Worthwhile Washout

Arrived at Soil Hill 1110hrs and battled through the murk and rain, distance often down to 10 metres. Almost managed a blank, but was thwarted by:

7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Snipe.

Swalesmoor at approx 1400hrs was even wetter, but:

c7 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 10+ Pied Wagtail. 2 Snow Bunting still present but only seen together once. They were very flighty and often very difficult to pin down until they landed in the grassy area, as opposed to the mud.

Also present, another crazy birder - Dave Sutcliffe.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)


2 Snow Buntings there today - (with apologies for the poor shot, yes they are both there, but it was difficult to stand up on the top today, never mind get some decent photos)!
5 Skylark
1 Common Snipe
6 Meadow Pipits
1 Kestrel
45 Starlings
c120 corvids

Soil Hill & Swalesmoor

Soil Hill 1010hrs Strong SW mild wind. Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 45+ Lapwing which were on the top field on the excavated earth.

I startled a Jack Snipe from a small pool, sheltered by the N facing ridge on the top field. It must have been feeding as it flushed from about 8 metres upon becoming aware of my lumbering presence. It climbed to just over head height and flew approx 20 metres down the slope without much effort, thanks to the wind, before dropping into cover.

Ogden was really quiet but thankfully the Dipper once more put on a super display in the usual spot.



Deciding that I couldn't face any more wind, I thought I would head home but a text from DJS via BS had me travelling to Swalesmoor, arriving at approx 1320hrs. Sure enough after one sweep of the favoured field, I got the two Snow Bunting and had rather good views of them in flight too. It was too windy for decent pics; I just managed this one.

Also 7 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail and a squadron of Crows.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Update - New Area Map

I have placed a dynamic map of the rough catchment area on top of the weather forecast (scroll down to page bottom). This is very flexible and can be used to zoom in and out as well as pan all over the show. It can also be viewed in 3 different forms as per the menu buttons top RH corner. When you've finished playing with it, the map automatically resets itself to centre on this page.

I can't replicate it correctly on the Website home page yet; I reckon it's a question of tweaking the code which I will sort out later.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

1 Snow Bunting there this afternoon on and around the weedy areas around the very muddy patch of ground on the top - this is a different bird from the female I saw on the 9th and 13th November which was very approachable. This bird is flightier, less approachable and was heard calling in flight.

Todays bird is similar to the earlier one but the head markings are slightly different and the rusty yellow brown marks on the side of the breast are broken with white on the front of the chest - the earlier bird had diffused orange right across the front of the chest. The most marked difference was the back which was slightly greyer and less streaked than the earlier bird. I would guess todays bird is a 1st winter female. it was still present at 15.30.

Also present on the top
Skylark 5
Meadow Pipit 15
Pied Wagtail 2

2 Herring Gulls (adult and 1st winter )>N
39 Golden Plover came over high from the east (apologies for earlier error - got my directions wrong!) at 15:00 then changed direction to SW to avoid heavy rain approaching from the west

Soil Hill Reality












SH 1110hrs quiet as expected, deteriorating into total disappointment.

3 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 9 Grey Partridge, 110+ Starling, Reed Bunting, Stonechat.

Best part of the day was flushing a Woodcock almost from underfoot at the bottom slope only to find it out in the open on the top field on my return up there. It flew a short distance and dropped in to cover alongside the pools on the track where I left it in peace.


On departing the hellish hill I found, to my dismay, 3 large transparent plastic bags full of rubbish. But all was explained when I discovered the newly positioned sign on the track entrance gate. Ah well that's alright then, but I do wonder what happened to this proposed development


Ogden Res 1235hrs was similar to DJS report of yesterday 16/11 except a female Goosander flew in from Mixenden direction plus 9 LTT.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ogden

Very quiet there this afternoon in the poor weather;
c12 Goldcrest
1 Great-spotted Woodpecker
c 20+ Goldfinches gathering in the sycamores by the 'Causway Foot' - think they roost in the shrubbery?
No wildfowl other than usual Mallard and 1 Canada with the Barnacle Goose by the visitors centre.

Queensbury goes tropical

16/11/2009
Several reports have come in today with sightings of a large blue Macaw spotted in the West End area of Queensbury.
Also a customer from the upper Shibden area has seen the Ring Necked Parakeet on several occasions and believes it to be an escapee because of its tameness. No ring has been seen as yet.
BS

At Home - Collared Doves vs Sparrowhawk

Evidence last Thursday (12/11) suggested another Collared Dove had been taken but the Dove count on Saturday in the rain was up to a new high of 38. Yesterday, much corvid commotion prompted me to investigate as I thought a Cat may have caught something. As I stepped outside the large female Sparrowhawk fixed me to the spot with a piercing look, it had no problem whizzing off with it's prize in tow, another Collared Dove.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

At Last!

There were at least 130 gulls on Foxhill Park this morning, when I passed, mostly Common Gulls on the ground, with BH Gulls in goal. I stopped at Ned Hill, briefly, which was very quiet: just three Magpies and a Dunnock, a couple of Crows chasing the Kestrel, and two Herons, which looked as if they were going to drop in on the other side. Ogden, which I visited briefly, was as Brian says. Nothing of note in the lanes either. However,at long last, I caught up with the white Crow at Medway (?) -the shops opposite Park Lane. Denise

RINGBY TOP

SUNSET FROM RINGBY

QUEENSBURY FROM RINGBY.

15/11/2009 1500-1615hrs last light. Clear with some sun cool SSW >4

A much brighter afternoon than yesterdays visit but less bird activity.
The Meadow Pipit flock was very mobile and favouring the field on the opposite side of the track losing themselves in the long grass, this field is private and fenced off. No sign on the Snow Bunting and the area was void of Pied Wagtails until 1600hrs when they all came in to feed at last light.

22 Pied Wagtails
16 Meadow Pipits
Usual Corvids.
BS
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Ogden

Daybreak at Ogden.

Ogden Reservoir 15/11/2009 0730-0930hrs Some blue skies SW>4

With vis mig drawn to a close its wait for colder weather to bring something to the water but this morning it didnt happen.
On the plus side Goldcrest numbers are building up along with the tit flocks.

15 Goldcrest
42 BH Gull
8 Common Gull
1 Heron very high >S
usual sp including several tit flocks.
BS
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Soil Hill

Thought with the Snow Bunting at Ringby I’d drag myself up soil hill to see if there was one up there.
Hardly any bird life at all, few mipits, Kestrel and a male Stonechat by the RH pond.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Ringby Top

The favoured feeding area looking towards Soil Hill
Rain approaching over Calderdale

Ringby Top 14/11/2009 1500hrs till dark. Heavy horizontal drizzle in the strong wind.

Managed to trace DJS,s female Snow Bunting after a lot of searching and almost running out of light. All activity was in the field with the manure piles in and the Bunt was in amongst 22 Mipits but very flighty not letting me nearer than 40 yds . 15 Pied Wagtails were feeding and for one heart stopping minute I thought I was onto a Shorelark but it was a yellow faced 1st winter Pied Wag.

130 Corvids
22 Meadow Pipits
1 Snow Bunting
2 Little Owl
15 Pied Wagtail.
BS
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Ogden - very windy!

The wind yet again kept the smaller birds at bay but did see a few goldcrests clinging onto branches for dear life. Loads of gulls about. Over 100 Black-headed and about 40 Common. Had a hunt through them for anything special but no success. Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 10 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing were my best birds today.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)




Snow Bunting again there this afternoon along with c40 Meadow Pipits. It was on the area up Ringby Lane just up the banking from the bonfire site on the left as you walk up from opposite the ski slope.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mega bird for Ogden

A distant but good record shot of the male Shoveler at Ogden,10/11/2009. The first report of this species since 01/07/1953.
Bird discovered and photo taken by DJS. Good one Dave.
Hope you didnt mind me pinching your photo.
BS
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Ogden then SH


Ogden Res 1010 hrs. All action took place around the Lodge House with the exception of the Dipper up at the top end. I solved the mystery bird from yesterday, twas a female Reed Bunting, in fact there were 4 of them altogether.

A pr Jay visited the feeder at an alarming rate and a pr GSW were hanging around but never visited. Also present here were 7 Chaffinch, pr Coal Tit with Blue & Great Tit(s).


The Dipper put on a rather splendid display, oh how I wished I had my old SLR (which would have been useless as it was analogue!)

Others: 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and a Meadow Pipit over the water.

Soil Hill - c75 Starling, 5 Greenfinch at Coal Lane. There were no birds on the top nor down the N slope. The reason is starkly obvious; excavation is taking place at the bottom of the slope. The area between the two ponds is now inaccessible and I would furthermore suggest nobody in their right minds attempts to walk through the mud heaps piled there - Brian and myself get that job.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Sad Tale

Last week I got a call from a customer who had been visiting a relative in Heathy House care home, Holmefield and was told that the staff had found a large brown bird of prey in the grounds.The bird didnt appear injured, just exhausted so they took it inside and called the RSPCA. The bird was said by staff to be a imm. Golden Eagle to which I said highly unlikely, more likely a Buzzard but thought it worth a few phone calls to be certain. After numerous calls and loads of press this, press that, heres some music I left my number with a promise that someone would get back to me. True to their word an inspector rang me this morning saying the bird was indeed a Buzzard and unfortunately, despite attempts to force feed it, the bird had sadly died. The inspector said as far as they could see it was very old and partially blind due to cataracts. Whether it was a local bird or a migrant on its way south will remain a mystery.
The bird was unringed.
BS

They came in their 1000s.

10/11/2009 Queensbury.
A beautiful red ball sunrise should have alerted me but the consistent rain made me think otherwise. The walk to work was uneventful and I dismissed any movement until the call from DCB at Oxenhope to say he and HC were getting Fieldfares over in their thousands. Just as I was about to say all was quiet over Qby I looked up to see the sky full of moving birds,hope your ear is ok Dave after the shout down the phone.
Massive flocks were moving over all >S and >SW, the largest being 300 +.
1 flock had an undulating bird in the midst of them which turned out to be a Green Woodpecker, a first for Qby M.O.T.
By 1000hrs all was quiet until a dog walk in Foxhill Park at lunchtime saw another 2 flocks over.
Around 1500hrs 3 flocks came over >E, these birds were either skirting the now approaching fog or they were birds going to roost.

Casual observations only :-

930 Fieldfare Qby MOT a.m. >S & >SW
210 Fieldfare Foxhill , mid day >S
98 Fieldfare Qby MOT, p.m. >E
TOTAL... 1238 Fieldfare.

1 Green Woodpecker >S probably a local bird caught up in the excitment ?
42 Woodpigeons >S

Thanks for call from the Oxenhope team.
BS.

Ogden

Recieved a call from HF at lunchtime about an unusual bird on the feeder at Ogden (behind the lodge) which was seen earlier on the monitor. Little to go on other than red around the nape and finch size. Unfortunatley there are no facilities to replay the recording. we checked the site out without success other than Blue/Great/Coal Tits, Chaff's and Bullfinch etc.

Well worth the visit as an immaculate drake Shoveler was present - and still there at dusk. I cannot recall Shoveler at this site before on my list!
80 Fieldfares >N at dusk
c250 Starlings >S at dusk over Syke Lane were probably going to roost
1 Siskin
1 Kestrel
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker

We also heard from the warden of a report of a Red Kite over yesterday afternoon seen by some birders - but we have no further details to confirm the sighting.

More Shibden Head

2 Treecreeper
2 Jay
Kestrel
Great-spotted Woodpecker
10+ Long-tailed Tit
40+ Fieldfare feeding on berries

Monday, November 09, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

No sign of the Snow Bunting this morning
2 Twite (both unringed) were another nice surprise on the top
1 Reed Bunting
c40 Meadow Pipits
9 Skylark
10 Pied Wagtail

Moving birds between 08.15 and 09.30 (all >NW unless stated otherwise)
70 P F Geese >E were seen coming over Midgley Moor then over to the north of Soil Hill at 09:05
75 Starlings
220 Fieldfare
32 Woodpigeons
1 Chaffinch
1 Greenfinch >S
4 Goldfinch >S

Shibden Head

Got a bit lucky this aft..

2 Woodcock
2 Nuthatch
3 Great-spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
2 Jay
Kestrel

Also 2 Kestrel on Windy Bank and at home last Sunday 33 Collared Dove feeding in the heavy rain, biggest count yet.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Weekend

A Tawny Owl was calling on Park Lane on Friday night (between fireworks)
I had a couple of brief forays out:
Ned Hill on Saturday  Bitterly cold, so I didn't linger, but saw one flock of around 50 Fieldfare>SW; the Kestrel was hunting and a lucky shrew nipped across the path shortly afterwards. 

Besides the usual Crows and Magpies, there were 3 Stock Doves and another Kestrel in Cross Lane and 11 Rooks in a field in Shaw Lane.

Sunday afternoon  There were 107 Lapwings in the Corporal Lane field and 98 Jackdaws overhead, heading for the centre of Queensbury. Denise

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)



This Snow Bunting was a nice surprise on the old landfill site this afternoon (with apologies for the poor quality of the photos!)
Also present;
1 Skylark
11 Meadow Pipits
6 Pied Wagtails
1 Little Owl
2 adult L B B Gulls >W
10 Grey Partridge
Also nearby PJWS had a Ring-necked Parakeet at Staups Lane, Shibden this morning

Rainy Ogden Again.

Long Tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Dipper Country
Black Headed Gulls

08/11/2009 0730-1000hrs NNE>2-3 Fog cleared by 0800hrs leaving cloud and mist. Showers then heavy rain by 1000hrs.

A very quiet morning with very little movement although evidence of raptor and swan movement with first a call from DCB with a Buzzard heading my way closely followed by a Merlin. Neither bird passed me so must have veered west over Fly Flatts. Secondly a message from DJS of 8 Whoopers >W over Skircoat which had it been clear I would have seen as Wainhouse Tower is visible from my watch point. Thanks for the warning lads.

Vis Mig :-
15 Starling >NW
3 Mistle Thrush >NW
32 BH Gulls >SW....could be locals
22 Fieldfare >SW
4 Redwing >W.

Present :-
185 BH Gull
22 Common Gull
2 tit flocks.
1 Heron
+ usual.
BS
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Soil Hill & Ogden

SH 1110hrs SW wind, bright - didn't expect much:

3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Grey Heron, Kestrel, 4 Grey & 5 Red Partridge in same flock.
Pr Stonechat, Reed Bunting.

Ogden 1330hrs even quieter. Gulls, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 3 GSW.

On arrival home c22 Fieldfare across Brighouse Rd > Shibden also Grey Wagtail.

This reminds me that in the previous two days pr Coal Tit & pr LTT were in my back garden - a sign of hard times.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Suitable Conditions

I thought today's weather would bring something from the hellish hill and having got in wrong on three previous occasions, this time it went my way, just.

5 RLP scurried along the bottom track for a couple of minutes before flying off across the reedbed. Then a female Merlin appeared, also over the reeds, giving good views as it flew up the slope, disappearing in the direction of Ogden.

Heading off along the E slope track toward Perseverance Rd, the last bird I saw flew from open ground and circled in front of me before dropping down some 130 metres away. A very welcome Woodcock.


Also 8 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 6 Common Gull, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting. 4 Roe Deer.

I will have to let the suspected trilling Waxwing in Brighouse Rd this morning go, Brian. There are no reports nationally on Birdguides yet and I failed to hear or see it again.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Ogden

This afternoon;
c80 Mallard
1 f Goosander
1 Dipper (top NW pond)
1 Meadow Pipit >NW
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Treecreeper
6+ Goldcrest
2 Sparrowhawks
1 Kestrel
c80 B H Gulls
c20 Common Gulls
14 Fieldfare >SW
70 Starling >S

Big Movement Day

04/11/2009 Queensbury.
An excellent day for Fieldfare, Woodpigeon and Redwing.
From walking to work at 0730hrs Fieldfare were coming over in massive flocks, the largest being c180. Some Redwings were inamongst the Fieldfare but low numbers,all were moving >SW. This flow continued all morning till about 1400hrs despite the heavy rain showers which didnt seem to bother the birds.
By late morning Woodpigeons started coming over >S and this movement continued until 1600hrs when light was fading. The later morning Thrushes and Woodpigeons all came over to the SE of me in the brighter skies.

Casual observations to and at work only.

550 Fieldfare..............................>SW
62 Redwing.................................>SW
475 Woodpigeons.......................>S
BS

Monday, November 02, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

This afternoon;
2 Whooper Swans (probably the Ogden birds) seen heading south from Ogden direction over Mixenden towards Mount Tabor at 15:37. They turned to head >E over Bradshaw at 15:44 towards Queensbury then turned >N towards the east of Soil Hill at 15:47 heading towards Thornton Moor.
2 Ravens were also seen heading towards the west of Soil Hill
Also present at Ringby Lane
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
2 Common Snipe
5 Skylark
c48 Meadow Pipits
c100 mixed corvids

Ogden Migrants




Ogden Res 1100 hrs pr Whooper Swan appeared settled although never too close for good photos.





Also f Goosander, lots of usual Gulls and woodland birds incl GSW.

Prior to that I had another mind numbing visit to Soil Hill at 0940hrs:

2 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Snipe, Jackdaw.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Statistics




This chart shows species recorded on Birdtrack for both sites within the Birdbrain area and some outside; the latter being entered before I thought of the blog. The site entitled Obsolete was when I first arrived in Queensbury and roamed between Northowram and southernmost Shibden Valley. The Pellon Lane records refer to 4 Waxwing.

As with any form of data capture, there are variables to be considered; two phrases spring to mind:

1. There are Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics!

2. GIGO = Gash In Gash Out!

Soil Hill,Like The world was ending !

01/11/2009 1515-1615hrs. Gale force SW>8 Lashing rain showers.

Again absolutely soaked to the skin but well worth the effort, birds seem to thrive up there in these conditions. The time and conditions were the same as 12/11/2006 when I got the Purple Sandpiper and today could have quite easily have produced the same. Snipe were everywhere around the top scrapes with a Jack Snipe flushed from the same area. The Jack kept flying a few yards at a time then dropped over the ridge. Minutes later a second or the same bird flew low over the ridge across the other side but I wouldnt have thought the first bird could have got to the new position without me seeing it.
Id have liked to comb the hill and see just how many Snipe were present but the weather was starting to feel a bit life threatening by now.

11 Common Snipe
1 possibly 2 Jack Snipe
3 Skylark
2 Meadow Pipits

Right, which way was that asylum again ?
BS

A flooded Ogden

Ogden, very wet, very miserable
The headless Vis Migger

01/11/2009 0715-0915hrs
Torrential driving rain. SE>4 Low cloud with pockets of limited visibility.
An atrocious morning getting worse as it went on. Back Lane was like a river and the
path around the reservoir was flooded. Only me, 3 soggy dogs and the fellow in the photo were present
and he was reluctant to tell me what he,d seen,he just kept pointing ?

22 BH Gull...............SW
15 Fieldfare.............SW
3 Large squadrons of Starling ( c 100 ) SW. Probably local feeding parties as our movers always head >NW.

92 Mallard present.
BS
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