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Counting period: 07:00 - 13:15
Count type: incomplete species list, not all species submitted
Weather: wind SSW2, mostly good visibility - wind varied - fresh at first, then force 2+ from mid am
Observers: mick cunningham dave pennington throughout Nick Mallinson till 11 then 12 - 1pm? Jeff Lunn Geoff Carr 8 - 11

SWNESWNESWNE
Pink-footed Goose  -  101  Herring Gull  45  -  Starling  467  60  
Greylag Goose  6  2  Woodpigeon  740  667  Chaffinch  28  -  
Sparrowhawk  3  -  Meadow Pipit  8  -  finch sp.  30  -  
Common Buzzard  1  -  alba wagtail sp.  2  -  Greenfinch  4  -  
Rough-legged Buzzard  1  -  Fieldfare  829  -  Goldfinch  23  -  
Golden Plover  -  25  Redwing  6  -  Siskin  1  -  
Snipe  2  -  Turdus sp.  14  2  Lesser Redpoll  6  -  
Black-headed Gull  36  -  Great Tit  6  -  Bullfinch  7  -  
Lesser Black-backed Gull  6  -  Jackdaw  11  -  Reed Bunting  5  -  

Totals: 3144 individuals, 27 species, 6:15 hours

Present: Common Buzzard 2, Kestrel 4, Stonechat 1, Bullfinch 15

Bold = Remarkable observation (scarce or rare species or large number)
Comments: An end of season feeling. Almost all birds logged as NE actually went E or SE. Rough legged Buzzard was a target and duly appeared at 11 20 am - slowly hanging and hunting its way south. Sadly only MC and DHP were still actually at watch point. NWM responded to phone call, reversed car, and chased it south (see pics). Otherwise it was Fieldfares south and Woodpigeons. At first latter milling in all directions soon after dawn. After an hour they settled on two main flight lines N/NW and S. A flock of c12 Bullfinches kept setting off south over moor but chickened and came back. The others did keep going though. Snipe = 1 W which landed on moor but counted as a mover along with a 2nd west. Finches low numbers. The pinkfeet were 21 east at 08.50 and 80 east st 09.35.Unusually, some starlings went S and SE. Herring gull passage is unusual here. And what were the Greylags doing?





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