Friday, October 16, 2020

Calderdale - 'pinkie day'

Still a decent move over the valley this morning of Fieldfare (223) and Redwings (584) though most of the Redwings had changed direction from >W the last few days to >E today viewed over Swales Moor  5 Cormorants and 2 Ravens also went high >E first thing though most other species were just around the site including 30+ Meadow Pipits and 2 Stonechat.

A skein of Pink-footed Geese was reported heading >W at 10:00 (PG) over Baitings. Not long afterwards a massive move was being reported from various parts of Calderdale  - all heading >E in large skeins. The final counts within a period of less than an hour was well in excess of 3,000 birds. They breed on arctic tundra in Greenland and Icelend etc and probably arrived in the last few days maybe stopping in the west of the UK before moving on. A great spectacle to observe and hear as they move over Calderdale. 

Also today - the Black Redstart was still showing at the top of Taylor Lane late morning (JJL)


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