Saturday, 1 November 2008

Fieldfare dominated todays watch and also had Pink Feet..


0645hrs-1200hrs - Stoney Rake then Heap Clough....
Wind: N 5mph-10mph
Movement all West or North West unless stated otherwise..

Superb morning with Fieldfare dominating. Also Pink Feet making a appearance and all going NW-SE, one party of 90 seem to double back and then head West.. It soon became apparent that 95% of all thrushes where going through the valley of Deep Clough (a sort of funnelling down to 200ft wide corridor) so from 1000hrs I made my way down to Heap Clough & Deep Clough, so that I would have a better vantage point and then it wasnt necessary to use the bins as much, the birds by then where more or less going directly above me... and brilliant move it turned out to be wish I had done it a couple of hours earlier.....

Fieldfare: 5820 (Breakdown below) 77 parties, best parties: 200,150,200,160,200,200,240,280,300),
Redwing: 733,
Starling: 732,
Pink Footed Goose: 785 all SE (7 full skeins = 200 @7.55, 305 @ 8.20, 190 @8.40, 90 @ 8.50)
Cormorant: 3, Chaffinch: 42, Meadow Pipit: 15, Goldfinch: 11 (one party), Greenfinch: 1, Blackbird: 1, Green Woodpecker: 2 (local), Woodpigeon: 3, Snow Bunting: 1, Grey Wagtail: 1, BHG: 3, Pied Wagtail: 1, Brambling: 1E, Stonechat: Several local at Heap Clough.. Jay: 1 local.

Fieldfare (breakdown) 0645-0700hrs= 213, 0700-0730hrs=234, 0730-0800hrs=730, 0800-0830hrs=720, 0830-0900hrs=1070, 0900-0930hrs=885, 0930-1000hrs= 600, 1000-1030hrs=128, 1030-1100hrs=170, 1100-1130hrs=540, 1130-1200hrs=590

(photos: l) Skein of 49 Pink Footed Geese coming from NW and heading SE which I had this morning going over Stoney Rake. r) photo showing Deep Clough to the right hand side and thats where the main Thrush movement took place - going through Deep Clough coming in from the SE and heading over Haslingden/Oswaldtwistle Moor to a NW direction ... click on photos to enlarge..