Birdbrain Stuff

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Not a happy teddy

This glum looking baby Dunnock soon cheered up when its mother returned to feed it. BS Posted by Picasa


Dunnocks have bred well in the garden this year, this is the 4th youngster so far. BS Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Soil Hill

Does anyone know the history of the stone circle on Soil Hill ? BS Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Soil Hill Frenzy

I almost swam my way up to Soil Hill in the afternoon heat, such was the experience of humidity. Plenty of Swallows about and some Swifts too. At least two Meadow Pipits were still feeding young and Woodpigeons were scattered about. Most noteable was the number of lorries busy loading and carrying away excavated materials. I counted 5, but also saw 2/3 standard off road vehicles present, with, presumably, owners stood chatting where the portacabin is. There are just 3-1/2 working days (Sat morning included) before the alleged deadline for work to stop, (mentioned in a previous article). I want to believe that want I witnessed is the build up to the cessation, but I am too long in the tooth to hold my breath on this one. They can't proceed much further on the very top field, having now encroached upon the remaining portion where this year's Lapwing pair bred successfully. As yet, they have not filled in the bottom pond, as shown in BS's posting of 22/7/6. I can't see why it should not be left, but then I'm just one of the hundreds of naive ecologically minded chappies you hear about.

Monday, July 24, 2006

House Sparrows

A good year for breeding House Sparrows in Qby this year. These young are a third brood in my garden with about 10 pr nesting in surrounding gardens.Ive had 25 sparrows together in that bird bath and up to 80 in the garden at one time. BS Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Soil Hill Pond where NK got the Gropper this afternoon.
1700-1815hrs - Raining and on the edge of a storm.
2 Teal
8 Reed Buntings
5 Linnets
2 Skylark
sev Mipits
200+ Swift drifting in front of the storm.
No sign of Gropper. BS Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Watch out for them Gooses

As today was a fresher day, I ventured out to SH this morning and was pleased to see plentiful Swift activity in the slightly misty conditions. I could find only one Swallow present among them and no House Martins. Meadow Pipits were active too, some were blogging, but I did encounter a family party also. Linnets were vocal, in three's and four's, with the only other species present being 3 Skylark.

The pair of Geese at Fleet Lane top farm have reared two gosling. Instead of getting a half hearted warning hiss from the male, one is now given the full blooded display. He now tries to climb through the metal gate while the partner gives full back up about a 1/2 metre behind. At one stage the young uns came up and joined in the affray. Put your hand within range of them Brian, and you'll never give a virtuoso performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto at the Queensbury Home for Retarded Birders again. I mean retired.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Most of the pairs of Blackbirds that were breeding around the area have now dispersed.
Several House Martins have been moving through >SW although some are still at their nests.
Any Swift activity now over Foxhill are movers steadily drifting >SE or >SW.
Do any Qby birders have Littlemoor park as a local patch? BS Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Willows

17/07/06 0745
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Juv Pied Wagtail
2 Collared Doves
2 Juv Bluetits.

Flocks of BH Gull coming >E over Qby late evening towards Eccup, must be starting roost. BS.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Several Swifts this evening over Foxhill but not blogging, all slowly moving >SW.Plenty House Martins about and a few pipistrelles.
Several groups of feral looking pigeons over very high and all >E. BS

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


No Swifts over Foxhill for the last 3 evenings in good conditions,are they on their way.
Report of pair of Pheasant near golf course,unusual for Qby. BS

Monday, July 10, 2006

Collared Doves

Mr Colin Campbells patio security light nest at Shibden Head has now produced a second brood with 2 healthy looking chicks. BS Posted by Picasa

Friday, July 07, 2006

Soil Hill

07/07/06 1845hrs
4 Singing Skylark
3 Lapwing
1 Curlew
12 Goldfinch
sev hirundines and swifts BS Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Foxhill Park

Up to 6 Pipistrelle bats feeding over Foxhill Park each evening, also several Swifts including young birds. BS

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Willows

This small copse of trees at The Willows medical centre,Chapel lane,Qby is like a magnet to birds with good sightings in the past of flocks of Lt tits, Goldfinch, Pied and Grey Wag and even a flock of 20 Waxwings (NK).
BS Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Soil Hill

After the diggers have been. BS Posted by Picasa