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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Soil Hill

Numerous Meadow Pipit and Skylark plus several Linnet, one of which seen carrying nesting material. 2 Carrion Crow chased, caught and grounded a Magpie, which I am sure was a potential murder victim. However, after receiving a few beak stabs, it managed to fly into bushes and the assailants flew away. 4 displaying Lapwing, Curlew overhead, pr Grey Partridge, Wheatear, 2 Goldfinch, Stonechat, 4 Reed Bunting, 7/8 Swift, Willow Warbler, Little Ringed Plover.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Grey Heron

Grey Heron over Queensbury High Street at 4 pm Mon 28/5 in the wonderful Spring gale.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Late Wheatear

Felt the urge to get up to SH after returning from Cyprus. Very pleased to get Greenland Wheatear in the fields by Old Guy Rd, Queensbury; also 3 singing Skylark there and a couple of Linnet. Pr Swallow flying in and out of the CC building.

Soil Hill - 4 Wheatear, including 1 Greenland. 12 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, 9 Swift, Pr Blackbird (one carrying food). 3 Lapwing, 4 singing Reed Bunting, 6 Swallow, Kestrel, Wren.

The vegetation is slowly returning and a couple of scrapes have got a bit more water in them.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Soil Hill

Fairly busy morning. Usual breeding Meadow Pipit, Skyark, possibly Linnet also breeding. Pied Wagtail, 5 LBBG, Curlew, 4 Lapwing, 4 Blackbird, 4 singing Reed Bunting, pr Grey Partridge, Kestrel, Swallow. 3 Wheatear present, including Greenland. Pleased to report another pr of breeding Carrion Crow, but the Stonechat have decided to lay low it appears.

I have to swap this patch for a temporary one, regretfully. On Wed I go to North Cyprus for two weeks, but never mind eh.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Too many leaves!

Wandered down to Shibden Head this morning to see if all the usual summer migrants have arived. Most of the trees are now in leaf so difficult to see much but I did hear plenty. There are some extremely loud Willow Warblers (counted at least 8) and Green Woodpeckers (2) drowning out the quieter species but did hear chiffchaff (probably 2), Tawny Owl (1) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (1). Also glimpsed Blackcap (2), Bullfinch (3), Jay (2) and all the usual common woodland species. Just need Garden Warbler and Whitethroat to complete the set.

Would also be nice to see Nuthatch and Treecreeper but i've never seen them at Shibden Head. Strange as the habitat looks OK. Oh well, I'll just keep trying.

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This post is to prove that both my Email accounts for the Calderdale and my own Birdbrain blog work, or not.
Nigel Kerwin

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hen Harriers Disappear

I read with great regret on today's text news that the only breeding pair of Hen Harriers in the Yorkshire Dales have not been seen in two weeks. Their nest, containing 5 eggs has been abandoned, due to unknown circumstances.

Should those responsible for this occurence care to contact me and arrange a meeting in a darkened room with bare knuckles, I would appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Quiet Soil Hill

Yet again the conditions fooled me, or is it the actual end of migration, methinks. Just Blackbird, Robin, 2 Wheatear, 2 Swallow, 4 Lapwing, 3 Reed Bunting and Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark(s). Roe Deer now down to 2; Stag gone missing.