Thursday, 16 October 2008

Redwing and Starling parties now going through Grane....


0800hrs went up to Haslingden Grane (my Thrush corridor watchpoint at Stoney Rake) and straight away I had several parties... It was superb for counting today because they were doing roadworks on Grane Road and all the traffic was stopped from coming over the Grane in both directions, so it was tranquil without all the usual traffic noise...in fact it was quite "eerie".....wind increasing and keeping Redwing very low and Starlings within inches of ground...
0815am - 1100hrs
Movement: West unless stated otherwise.
Wind: NW 5mph increasing to 10mph.
Redwing: 254 (most parties averaged 20-25 birds) 14 parties in total..,
Starling: 21 (3 parties, best 11), Chaffinch: 54 (best party 11) Redpoll: 4, Siskin 1, Meadow Pipit: 20 (2S), Linnet: 20E one party, Pied Wagtail: 4, Blackbird: 4, Woodpigeon: 13, Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1, Green Woodpecker: 1, BHG: 31.