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November 2011

1st (Tue) 10.2 C to 13.6 C / nil / 3.7 hours / SW 0.5 knots
A mild and overcast morning with light rain, but by 9 am it would begin to brighten up with spells of sunshine developing as the morning progressed. Indeed by the afternoon it had become mostly clear and sunny, and it would remain sunny throughout the duration of the afternoon. Remaining mostly clear in the evening and overnight, this allowing temperatures to fall below 40 degrees and patches of mist and fog to form by dawn.

Plovers were heard roosting on the high Westwood this morning (probably Golden Plovers), while in the Parklands I came upon a flock of about 11 to 12 Grey Partridge’s in the rough grassland near Old Hall Farm.

Meanwhile while admiring the autumn colours around the garden (the Swedish Whitebeam has been very good this year), I stumbled upon what seem to be a clump of Blewit Fungi. These interesting fungi have a violet to purple stem, an unusual colour in the natural world, while the cap is light brown to clay or dirty white, and the gills are white with just a hint of violet colour in the right light. I have never noticed these in the garden before, but at least eight or so were found this morning under the Hawthorn and Yews.

Later in the day, while cutting back the north wall Ivy, I noticed a Grey Heron fly over, the first recorded over the garden for a year or so, while the odd late Red Admiral was also seen, taking advantage of the last of the ivy blooms.

Meanwhile a flock of perhaps as many 100 Grey Geese flew low over the house shortly after dusk, heading south-eastwards and making quite a din as they did so. Is winter just around the corner perhaps ?

In the evening I got the scope out to look at Jupiter, which at the moment completely dominates the night sky with only the moon being brighter. Through my 10 inch scope the planet was a fantastic sight, with a wealth of the planetary detail on the disc of this giant planet, including both the main equatorial belts, a few fainter other bands, and an obvious dark spot near one of the equatorial belts, which through the evening moved across 10% of the disc. After finishing looking at Jupiter I quickly enjoyed a view of the lovely ‘Double Cluster’, which is one of my favourite views through my telescope.

2nd (Wed) 3.4 C to 14.6 C / 0.6 mm / 5.5 hours / SE 2.8 knots
A clear start to the day, with patches of shallow mist and fog in rural areas. The mist soon clearing leaving a sunny and clement November morning, though cloud would slowly increase as the morning progressed, this veiling the sun somewhat by the afternoon, though it would nevertheless remain bright for most of the afternoons duration. However by the end of the afternoon the cloud would thicken with cloudy skies throughout the evening, this becoming thick enough for some rain around 9 pm. Remaining overcast throughout the night with some further outbreaks of light rain at times.

A sun pillar was noticed just prior to sunrise this morning, on what was a fine dawn with colour in the south east sky and low fog covering the local countryside.

3rd (Thu) 8.0 C to 16.3 C / 9.7 mm / nil / SE 0.8 knots
A damp start with outbreaks of light rain, but this would clear by 8 am. However it would remain cloudy and would remain so throughout the day. Indeed in the afternoon it became quite dark and threatening looking, but it didn’t come to anything and it remained dry. Remaining cloudy overnight with the cloud thickening later in the night with outbreaks of moderate rain by 5 am. A mild night though with the blanket of cloud with a minimum of just 11 C.

4th (Fri) 11.0 C to 13.8 C / 6.1 mm / nil / SW 0.4 knots
A thoroughly wet morning with spells of moderate to heavy rain (peak rate of 22.0 mm/h), but this would begin to clear by midday, though it would nevertheless remain overcast for most of the afternoon, though by dusk the cloud would begin to break up somewhat. Indeed there were some clear spells in the evening, but cloud would return later with it becoming murky and eventually foggy overnight.

5th (Sat) 8.8 C to 11.5 C / nil / nil / NW 4.2 knots
A foggy start with visibility under a kilometre, and remaining dull, overcast and murky for the duration of the morning. Indeed it would remain overcast through the afternoon too, though by dusk the cloud did begin to thin, with the moon and Jupiter visible through the cloud after dusk. The weather indeed was good for the fireworks this evening, with a high cloud base and light to gentle NW winds. Cloud continuing to thin and clear overnight, with mostly clear skies by dawn.

The annual fireworks were very good this year, with a spectacular conclusion of some huge fireworks which seemed to shake the house when they went off, providing a beautiful shower of sparks and effects high in the western sky.

6th (Sun) 6.2 C to 11.7 C / nil / 8.0 hours / N 4.3 knots
A clear morning with long spells of sunshine, very welcome after three successive grey days. It would remain sunny throughout the day, with barely a cloud in the sky, and in the sun it felt very pleasant indeed with temperatures reaching a seasonal high of 11.7 C. Remaining clear in the evening and at first overnight, but cloud would drift in off the sea later in the night with overcast skies by dawn.

North Cliffe Wood
On a beautiful late autumn day, Dad and I paid a visit to North Cliffe wood. I love these birch woodlands, particularly in the colder seasons, and the golden colours of the leaves were enhanced by the clear blue skies and golden sunshine today. It truly was a beautiful and serene scene, with the copper and decaying ferns on the woodland floor, and further colour being provided by the hazels and oaks which grow here and there amongst the otherwise dominant birches. Such scenes remind me of the hunting forests of eastern Europe, particularly Poland, and this sort of habitat is probably one of my favourites to simply get lost in (something which is very easy to do in the vast forests of the eastern European plain).

Fungi too can still be found, though the diversity is not as great as it was earlier in the autumn, though some Fly Agaric, Milkcaps, Russula’s, Grisette’s, Polypore’s, and Bonnet’s were all seen in varying amounts and quality. The only Fly Agaric found had been knocked over however, and I hope this was an accident as I hate when ignorant people kick over these beautiful fungi because they think their dangerous. As long as you don’t eat the things you’ve got nothing to worry about, and actually Fly Agaric is not as deadly as some of the more inconspicuous fungi which are generally overlooked and undisturbed.

The warm sunshine today encouraged quite a bit of activity amongst the squirrels, some of which are looking quite fat after having enjoyed the glut of acorns this year, while out on the heath a few late Red Admiral’s were seen fluttering along. In the heart of the wood we also stumbled upon two or three Roe deer, a fairly common sighting in the wood, especially in the colder seasons, while a shrew or a vole was seen very briefly scuttling across the path at one point. Birdwise the morning was fairly quiet and uneventful, with just your typical woodland passerines, though winter thrushes were heard frequently, and a flock of Fieldfare’s were seen out on the heath. However it was the wood and countryside itself which was the main star today, with the yellows and coppers of canopy and woodland floor giving the whole area a warm but transient glow, one last hurrah before the hibernation and darkness of the winter months ahead.

7th (Mon) 5.3 C to 11.2 C / trace / nil / E 3.1 knots
A dull and overcast day as easterly winds brought thick cloud in off the North Sea. Little change overnight, except that the cloud would become even thicker, this making it quite murky with some occasional outbreaks of drizzle later.

8th (Tue) 8.5 C to 11.9 C / trace / nil / SE 2.0 knots
A grey and murky day, with occasional outbreaks of light drizzle, typical easterly weather in November. Remaining overcast overnight, this keeping temperatures high for the time of year with a low of just 9.5 C.

The thrushes were busy in the garden this afternoon, feeding on the berries and alike. Amongst the Blackbirds some Redwing’s were observed, while Fieldfare’s too were heard in the area. A flock of two dozen Goldfinches were also about the area today.

9th (Wed) 9.5 C to 12.5 C / nil / nil / SE 0.6 knots
Another dull and overcast day, with the cloud thick enough for some spots of drizzle at times in the morning. This makes this the third sunless day in a row and the sixth so far this month. However after dusk the cloud would break up somewhat, revealing the stars and moon, and the rest of the night would see variable amounts of cloud and clear spells in between. However despite the clearer skies it remained fairly mild, with a low of just 7.5 C.

10th (Thu) 7.5 C to 13.4 C / nil / 0.5 hours / SE 3.7 knots
A brighter start than recent days with breaks in the cloud (with mist in rural areas), but by 8 am it became cloudy again and would remain so for the duration of the morning. However it did brighten up again for a time around midday, with even some sunny spells, but cloud would thicken up again later. Indeed by the end of the afternoon it would become quite murky, but as the breeze freshened from the SE this murk would clear in the evening. Remaining overcast though throughout the night.

11th (Fri) 9.5 C to 11.6 C / trace / nil / SE 2.5 knots
A grey morning, with a thick layer of stratus covering the sky, though unlike most days recently there was more in the way of a breeze with a moderate to fresh SE wind, this helping to dry out the local area. Remaining overcast throughout the afternoon, though the breeze would ease, and with the thick cloud dusk would come very early (prior to 4 pm). Little change in the evening and overnight, though during the night the cloud would become thick enough for some light drizzle.

The leaves have really begun to widely fall in the last week, with most trees now half bare and a few almost completely bare, including the Limes, and Horse Chestnuts. The hawthorn in particular has lost a lot of leaves in the past few days, while one can now see through the beech.

12th (Sat) 9.4 C to 13.3 C / 0.2 mm / 3.1 hours / SE 2.4 knots
Yet another cloudy and grey start, though after 9 am it would begin to brighten up with some weak spells of sunshine from time to time. Remaining bright (though not necessarily sunny) in the afternoon, though by the end of the afternoon it would become increasingly cloudy again. Remaining cloudy in the evening and for most of the night (though there was a brief clearer spell for a short time), with the cloud becoming thicker and lower by the end of the night with some light drizzle and general murk by dawn.

13th (Sun) 7.4 C to 12.6 C / trace / 0.3 hours / SE 1.0 knots
A dull and damp morning with light drizzle and visibility down to just 1 km. Becoming slowly drier and brighter as the day wore on, and indeed by mid afternoon even some weak spells of sunshine would break through. Broken cloud in the evening and overnight, with some decent clear spells, this allowing temperatures to fall a little lower than recently.

Huggate area
Today I was up in the area near Huggate, on what was a very damp and murky morning. Indeed there was a continuous light drizzle up here (despite the fact it was mostly dry back in Beverley), while up on the high fields visibility was reduced to less than 100 yards as low cloud enveloped those areas of the Wolds above 150 metres or so. Typical November weather when we have an onshore easterly to south-easterly breeze. However it still remains very mild for the time of year, and it looks like winter will remain at bay for another week or two.

Of course the fog, low cloud, and drizzle didn't make for the best nature observing conditions, though despite that there was a striking amount of winter thrushes up here this morning, no doubt grounded by the poor visibility. Indeed at least 500 or so Fieldfare's were counted in the hawthorn scrubs of the area, while a 100 or so Redwing's were also spotted. Further interest this morning was provided by a good amount of fungi (by Wolds standards anyway), with a variety of different types seen in the woodlands and out on the dalesides, while the last of this years wildflowers can still just about be found here and there, the most abundant of which is now herb-robert.

14th (Mon) 5.3 C to 10.2 C / nil / nil / SE 1.4 knots
A cloudy morning, though at first there were some breaks in the cloud. Remaining cloudy for the remainder of the day, making this the eight sunless day so far this month in what has thus far proved to be a grey and mild November. Little change overnight with cloudy skies throughout.

Fieldfare’s were in the area again this morning, with a few heard chattering away in the trees surrounding the house.

15th (Tue) 8.2 C to 12.1 C / nil / 3.0 hours / E 1.4 knots
Another grey start, but as the morning progressed it would slowly brighten up with some spells of weak sunshine by the end of the morning. Remaining sunny into the afternoon (very welcome after all the recent grey skies), but cloud would increase again by 2 pm, with mostly cloudy skies for the remainder of the afternoon. Variable amounts of cloud after dusk, with some decent clear spells overnight, this allowing temperatures to fall below 5 C for only the second time this month. Indeed we still await our first ground frost this autumn.

A couple of Pied Wagtail’s were on the roof this afternoon, the first I’ve actually seen in the garden for quite some time.

16th (Wed) 4.6 C to 10.1 C / nil / 0.7 hours / SE 1.0 knots
A mostly cloudy morning, but nevertheless brighter than recent days with some weak spells of sunshine from time to time. Feeling cooler than recently too, with temperatures just managing to climb above 50 degrees. Cloud increasing again after midday, with cloudy skies for the remainder of the afternoon. However after dusk some clear spells would develop again in the evening, this allowing temperatures to fall away, but cloud would return after midnight, this raising temperatures with it.

50 to 60 Pink-footed Geese flew over the house around noon, heading south-eastwards. Meanwhile the two Pied Wagtail’s were seen on the roof again.

17th (Thu) 4.1 C to 11.6 C / nil / 2.9 hours / SW 1.7 knots
A grey and dull start yet again (this November is proving to be a dull one indeed), but as the morning wore on it would become steadily brighter with variable amounts of cloud and some spells of weak sunshine from about midday onwards. Little change in the evening and overnight, with variable amounts of cloud and some decent clear spells.

18th (Fri) 7.5 C to 12.8 C / trace / 2.7 hours / SW 0.9 knots
A bright day on the whole, with variable amounts of cloud and some spells of weak autumn sunshine, especially in the morning. However the cloud would become thick enough for some drops of rain in the afternoon, but this didn’t come to anything. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight, though as the night wore on it would become increasingly clear, this allowing temperatures to drop and mist to form by dawn.

North Cave Wetlands
This morning I popped over to my favourite local wetland site, on what was a mild but mostly cloudy morning with occasional brighter spells from time to time. The main reason for my visit was to catch up with the White-fronted Geese which have been seen here lately, a goose species which I have amazingly never actually recorded within the East Riding, and thankfully they were still there this morning with a mixture of about twenty or so adults and juveniles seen on Main Lake from the South Hide. It was good to see them and finally tick them off, but the geese were actually not that different from the resident Greylag’s with none of them really showing off the broad white-face of the best specimens of this particular species.

Also on Main Lake was a female Scaup, another new species for my East Riding of Yorkshire list which now stands at 198. If anything the Scaup was actually more interesting than the WF Geese, and was an obvious specimen with a clear white face. Sadly though it stayed in the far north-western corner of Main Lake, and I was only able to get a few distant record shots with my 32x zoom. Though the quality of an image at this sort of zoom is poor, it nevertheless is reasonable for my own uses and I really wish that I had this camera when my Dad and I stumbled upon the short staying Grey Phalarope on the 26th September 2007.

Meanwhile common winter wildfowl were generally well represented around the reserve, with good numbers of Pochard, Wigeon, Tufted dusk, Shoveler, Gadwall and Teal, and it was good to see the birds now back in their winter plumages (during my last visit to the reserve in mid-September most species were only just starting to come out of eclipse). Other good birds this morning included about half a dozen Snipe (always a favourite bird of mine), a couple of Redshank, and a delightful charm of about two dozen Goldfinches in the Maize field, while a lone Buzzard was also spotted to the east of the reserve. Also while watching some Teal (whose ringing calls along with the whistles of Wigeon are such a deeply evocative sound of these winter wetlands), I spotted a Stoat on the edge of the reeds on Reedbed Lake, it no doubt looking for a quick meal. All in all a good mornings birding with plenty to enjoy and admire (with Michael and Mom also joining us today).

19th (Sat) 2.5 C to 7.7 C / trace / nil / NW 0.3 knots
A misty and cold start, with the mist thickening into fog by mid morning with visibility dropping to around 500 metres. The fog would prove stubborn, and though it would slowly thin it would nevertheless remain foggy throughout the day, though by mid-afternoon it was perhaps more thick mist than fog. However though it would become quite bright in the afternoon (with the sun visible through the murk), it would nevertheless prove to be yet another sunless day, the ninth so far this month. The fog also prevented temperatures rising with a high of just 7.7 C, the first day this autumn that temperatures have remained in single figures. After dusk the fog would actually clear for a time, this allowing temperatures to quickly fall away, but the fog would reform later with it becoming quite thick by dawn.

20th (Sun) 2.1 C to 9.1 C / trace / nil / SW 0.3 knots
A foggy, cold and raw morning, with visibility reduced to less than 200 metres. The fog would thin somewhat as the day wore on, but it would nevertheless remain grey and murky throughout the day, with only some fleeting brighter periods during the middle of the day. Fog thickening again for a time around dusk, but as the evening wore on this would rise with overcast skies for the remainder of the night.

Deepdale (Calliswold)
On what was a very grey, foggy and raw morning here in the East Riding of Yorkshire, I would nevertheless venture out, heading for perhaps one of the highest of all the dales in the Yorkshire Wolds near Garrowby Hill. This proved to be an inspired decision as the fog would thin up here at the very top of the Wolds, with beautiful late autumn sunshine bathing the rolling fields and hidden dales above the 200 metre elevation mark. Indeed it was also much warmer up here, as the temperature was near 8 C, whereas back in Beverley it had been a chill 4 C when we left this morning.

The Deepdale area is one of my favourite locations in the Wolds, as there always seems to be plenty of interest year-round, and this morning wouldn’t disappoint. Indeed the morning had already started well when we had stumbled upon a small flock of Brambling’s amongst the beeches near Wayrham, while shortly after stepping out of the Jeep we soon became aware of a flock of about a dozen Goldcrest’s (a favourite bird of mine) in the hedgerows and Larch plantation alongside the road known as the ‘Bence’.

In another nearby Larch plantation we would also hear a Jay this morning, a bird which seems to be becoming more common in the western areas of the Wolds, while overhead a flock of Golden Plovers were heard, as were some distant Geese from the top of Bishop Wilton Wold. Meanwhile near Cot Nabb a couple of Roe deer were spotted on the opposite side of the dale from ourselves, always a pleasing sight. However the main interest this morning was provided by a fine fungi display in the currently ungrazed patures and dales of this area.

Most species up here appeared to be members of the Waxcap and/or hygrocybe group, and in places they seemed to absolutely everywhere, with colours varying from buffs to yellows, and from oranges to deep blood reds. I have never seen fungi so widespread before at this location (or indeed at any other location up on the Wolds), and many of the species that were seen are beyond my ID skills, but as a budding mycologist I was in my element and greatly enjoyed recording the variety of species which were on offer this morning. In the same downland grasslands some late wildflowers can also still be found, including the odd very late Harebell, as well as some stunted ragwort, and a fair amount of yellow flowering hawk-weed, especially on the warmer and more sheltered south facing pastures.

21st (Mon) 3.8 C to 11.2 C / 0.2 mm / nil / SE 0.5 knots
A cloudy and misty start, and though the murk would soon clear it would nevertheless remain cloudy throughout the day, making this the third sunless day in a row and the 11th such day so far this month, a new November record for my weather station dating back to 2003. Little change overnight, though the cloud would become thicker later with some light outbreaks of rain and drizzle by dawn.

22nd (Tue) 7.0 C to 10.5 C / trace / 0.1 hours / SW 1.8 15 Kt.
A dull and murky morning, with occasional outbreaks of drizzle and rain at times. However the cloud would lift in the afternoon, and after 3 pm would begin to break and clear, this allowing some short sunny spells prior to dusk. Any remaining cloud clearing in the evening, with clear skies for much of the night, this allowing temperatures to fall with a just a touch of ground frost for a time (the first of the autumn). However cloud would increase again towards dawn, with mostly cloudy skies at sunrise.

23rd (Wed) 2.1 C to 11.4 C / trace / 2.5 hours / SW 5.3 24 Kt.
A cloudy and chilly start, but by midday it would begin to brighten up with some spells of weak late autumn sunshine in the afternoon. The breeze would also freshen from the SW in the afternoon, this helping to push temperatures up to double figures. Remaining breezy in the evening with clear spells, but cloud would increase overnight.

24th (Thu) 4.4 C to 12.9 C / 1.2 mm / 3.7 hours / SW 5.6 26 Kt.
An initially cloudy start, the cloud thick enough to produce some spots of rain, but by 8 am this would begin to break up and clear with sunny spells developing. Thereafter the remainder of the day would see variable amounts of cloud with plenty of sunny spells in between, and all in all it was a fine day, something of a rarity this month. Clear spells at first overnight, but cloud would increase later with a short spell of rain for a time (with one distant flash of lightning seen), the sharp spell of rain accompanied by some gusty winds too (classic CF). Clearing later though with the cloud breaking up by dawn.

25th (Fri) 5.9 C to 10.0 C / 1.5 mm / 4.2 hours / SW 4.8 44 Kt.
A fine morning with plenty of sunshine, though feeling cool in a moderate SW breeze. However after 1 pm cloud would rapidly invade from the west, with a short spells of heavy showers in mid-afternoon (peaking at 12.8 mm/h). The showers would have ice pellets mixed in at times, and were accompanied by some very strong gusts of wind (up to 44 knots), and it was really quite wild for about five short minutes during the worst of the squall. Clearing by 3 pm with the cloud breaking up as quickly as it arrived with mostly clear skies by dusk. Remaining clear in the evening and for the first half of the night, but cloud would increase later with light outbreaks of rain by dawn.

26th (Sat) 2.9 C to 13.5 C / 0.7 mm / 1.7 hours / SW 8.1 34 Kt.
A grey and breezy morning, with some light outbreaks of rain, but this would soon clear with it becoming somewhat brighter by midday. The breeze would also ease somewhat by the afternoon. Variable amounts of cloud for the remainder of the day, with little change in the evening. However overnight cloud would increase again, with the wind freshening with it, and by dawn it became very windy with frequent strong gusts. There was also a short spell of heavy rain around 5 am, this accompanied by gale force gusts.

27th (Sun) 8.7 C to 10.1 C / nil / 3.6 hours / SW 5.0 39 Kt.
A very windy morning with frequent gusts in excess of gale force (maxing at 39 knots). However despite the wind it was a pleasant enough morning with largely clear skies and abundant sunshine. Cloud increasing however by midday, with showers threatening, but this came to nothing and the cloud would break up by the end of the afternoon with clear spells in the evening. The breeze also easing by the evening, and indeed by mid evening had become little more than a light to gentle breeze, this allowing the temperature to fall beneath the clear skies overnight to a low of 2.3 C.

Wayrham Dale & Pluckham Wood
On what was a lovely sunny but very windy morning, we headed up to this high Wold valley which we last visited back in the summer when Orchid’s, butterflies, and day flying moths were the highlights. Obviously today was very different, with the countryside now becoming increasingly wintry in appearance as the last of any leaves have been ripped from the trees during the recent winds, and indeed it actually felt really quite cold this morning in the strong WNW breeze. However in what has been such a mild autumn thus far I welcome the bite in the wind, and one finally feels that perhaps winter is just around the corner, a season which I actually quite enjoy to be honest.

However despite the lateness of the season their is still plenty of life in the countryside, and indeed despite the fact that December is less than a week away some late wildflowers can still be found in the grassland dales and woods, including the likes of Herb-robert, Hawkweed, and thistles. There was also a good abundance of fungi on show this morning, continuing what has been an excellent year for these interesting organisms, including what was a superb little clump of Woodland Parasol’s in the mixed plantation near Bradeham Dale. In Pluckham dale there was also a good variety of typical decaying wood fungi, including what I think were Velvet Shanks, and indeed one of the old Ash trees here in this dale has lost its core to fungi infestation and now stands hollow, though remains nevertheless very much alive.

Meanwhile bird life was also well represented this morning, with good flocks of mixed finches & tits, including some Brambling’s amongst them, while the hawthorn scrubs hosted winter thrushes (mostly Redwing’s). In Pluckham dale a flock of about a dozen Bullfinches was another highlight, these pink finches being a favourite of mine, though this sighting was to be over-shadowed by what appeared to be a Rough-legged Buzzard overhead, a new bird for me. Though I am not a 100% confident in my identification of this winter visiting raptor, I nevertheless got some decent photographs of the bird and the more I look at them the more convinced I become. Of further interest this morning were a couple of Stoat (one of which was massive by Stoat standards and is perhaps the largest I‘ve ever seen), along with plenty of Hare in the grassy dales and up on the windswept fields. An interesting morning.

28th (Mon) 2.3 C to 12.7 C / nil / 0.4 hours / SW 5.3 26 Kt.
An initially clear and cold start, but by 8 am stratocumulus spread in from the WSW with cloudy skies for the remainder of the morning, and indeed most of the afternoon. However after 3 pm the cloud would begin to break up, with clear spells during the evening, but cloud would increase again by 9 pm with mostly cloudy skies for the remainder of the night. The breeze also freshening overnight.

The recent winds have pulled most of the remaining leaves down, with the vast majority of the local woods and trees now standing bare in their winter cloaks. Indeed even the Beech is now largely bare, bar some of the lower leaves, and the wind has blown the fallen leaves into piles up against the wall in the front yard.

29th (Tue) 3.0 C to 13.8 C / 2.3 mm / 2.5 hours / SW 6.4 38 Kt.
A very mild, blustery, and cloudy start, but after 9 am the cloud would begin to break and clear, at least for a time. The breeze also becoming stronger and more gusty with this clearance. Cloud building up again after midday, and it would continue to thicken as the afternoon wore on, bringing with it a short period of heavy and squally rain around 4 pm. At its peak the rainfall rate reached 52.8 mm/h and the wind gusted up to 38 knots. This would quickly clear though and thereafter the cloud would break and the wind ease, with the temperature also falling 3 C within an hour, a classic cold front passage. Clear spells overnight with a low of 3.8 C.

I sent the pictures of the possible Rough-legged Buzzard to Birdforum today, and they confirmed that my suspicions were indeed correct. The general consensus is that it is a juvenile RLB, and is probably the same seen by Robert Fuller a few weeks at Thixendale.

30th (Wed) 3.8 C to 9.6 C / 0.6 mm / 4.3 hours / SW 4.8 29 Kt.
A mostly clear and chilly morning, with it remaining bright for most of the day, though high cloud would slowly veil the sun as the afternoon wore on. Cooler than recently. Cloud continuing to thicken in the evening and overnight, with the breeze also freshening, and for a time there was a short period of rain. This would clear by the end of the night though with clear skies by dawn. The breeze also easing by dawn.

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