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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Queensbury, best vis mig morning this year. + Leeshaw

                    Swarms of Woodpigeons >S over Queensbury
                            Appearing through the mist


                                             Heading over the garage

                            Specks in the sky, Fieldfares >S

                                   Mistle Thrushes stopping off briefly

                    Cormorants common at Leeshaw
                    4 Distant Teal on the far banking
                                   Raggalds Flood back to its former glory.

The busiest vis mig morning this season over Queensbury with light mist and drizzle from first light clearing by 0830hrs.
Unfortunately working so all reports casual observations to and at work.
First over were masses of Woodpigeons from 0730- 1000hrs with near on 1000 being counted all >S, largest flock being 360 birds.
A slight lull around 1000hrs then Fieldfares came over in swarms >S with many Mistle Thrushes in with them along with a small number of Redwings, again all >S.
Strangely the Mistle thrushes seemed unable to keep up with the Fieldfares and many stopped on chimneys and aerials waiting for the next wave to come along when they would fly up and join them.
Several reports of skeins of Pinkies around on the Calderdale side but not seen in this area.
AC at Northowram , and other sites in Calderdale were equally as busy but didnt hear anything from Oxenhope so presumed it was quiet at that end.

Two hours at Leeshaw late afternoon expecting Pinkies either over or on the deck produced nothing other than 4 Teal on the far shore, 1 Cormorant and a few BHGs.

Good to see Raggalds flood full of water again, so hopefully it will start appearing on the blog reports soon.

Clocks back tonight so 1 hour extra birding daylight in the morning ( no, not 1 hour longer in bed , plenty time for sleeping when you,re dead ,as my old grandmother used to say ). Problem will be for the tea time session when it will be coming dark after 1600hrs.
BS.

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