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Friday, April 21, 2006

Spring at last?

You know the saying One Swallow doesn't make a Summer? Well, I'll settle for Two making a Spring because a pair are back at the farm buildings at the top of Fleet Lane.

Meanwhile a pair of Wheatear are giving me concern on SH. This afternoon I saw them seriously inspecting a hole in a pile of rubble where the excavations are going on. Problem is, the chances of this potential nesting site being moved and destroyed is very real. Other players were around 7 vociferous Skylark, mebbe 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail and a Curlew.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Soil Hill, well dug up

Went to SH this afternoon in a blustery Westerly, but not too cold. The top is now approx 2/3rd dug up and at this rate of progress, should be fully excavated in a week's time. Golden Plover and Lapwing will be hard tempted to touch down during weekdays, and breeding of the latter can be dismissed for this year.

A few Meadow Pipit around, with about 5 singing Skylark. Pr of Pied Wagtail dancing on the stone hut, a lone Grey Partridge flew up from a grass field. As reported on Halifax Birders blog, one of 3 Wheatear present looked very Greenland - ish.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Taste of Spring

At last the feeling of Spring coursed through my veins today, so at around 13:15 I got my outdoor rags on and set off with trusty binoculars. I decided to visit a nearby 'Clough' which has a reservoir nicely placed at the bottom of it. This proved a wise choice, because apart from the birds listed, I also encountered a Frog, Peacock Butterfly and a Hare.

Raggalds - House Martin
Keelham - 11 Linnet
Denholme Clough & Doe Park Res - 9 Willow Warbler, pr Swallow, pr Jay, GC Grebe, Curlew, Tawny Owl. The usual birds were present of course and a female Kestrel was seen eating unknown prey on a wall.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

QBY Swallow.

Report of single Swallow over Swalesmoor road a.m.
I havent managed one myself yet.
Tawny Owl nesting south Qby. Bri.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Baptist graveyard

11/04/06 0745hrs
Female Sparrowhawk in tree being mobbed by 3 Blackbirds,1 Robin, 1 Dunnock and 2 Collared Doves.
Report of Tawny Owl on lamp post by Black Dyke shop 0930hrs 10th.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


09/04/06 1630hrs Raging snow storm with some clear patches.
3pr Wheatear
4 Skylark
1 Curlew
1 Golden Plover
Several Mipits
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Chapel Lane Pheasant

04/04/06 1300hrs Willows medical centre grounds.
1 Cock Pheasant walked out of the grounds and down Chapel Lane before it flew onto the Chapel roof then off in the direction of Queensbury station. BS

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Aspirations rained on.

My birthday inspirations today taught me yet again that the best laid plans of mice and men oft gang awry. I got up early to try and catch Spring migrants and thought positively, for a change, as the overnight rain had abated at 0715 hrs. Come 0725 hrs, the rain cometh again, but I was determined to reach my target of a walk to Soil Hill and back, so teeth gritted, I persevered.

One hour and a few numb minutes later, I returned to my abode, soaked to the skin and cold with it. For my troubles: couple of Pied Wagtails, 4/5 Meadow Pipits, 10 Skylark, pr Lapwing some prophetic looking Crows and the usual harlequin Magpies.

I didn't even extract my binoculars from my pocket. Was it worth it after all? Yes. Will I do it next birthday? Don't think so.