Birdbrain Stuff

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Windswept Soil Hill

The wind was fresh, cold and variable from the N, so I concentrated on the side by Perseverance Road, up to the track entrance. 8 Pied Wagtail were in the short grass (Sheep) field, spread out feeding. One was an Adult, the remaining 7 being juveniles; 4 Meadow Pipit were also present.

The top field was too windswept to hold any birds, but the Swift were making the most of it. I noticed a juvenile Carrion Crow that BS mentioned is still at the foot of the Radio Mast, where a brood was raised. The bird was lively and alert and looks healthy, so I guess the parents are doing a good job.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

SH Full to the brim

Good to see the place full of water; let's hope it stays that way for the Autumn wader return. Swift were flying very low and there were quite a few of them; one almost took my wig off as it whipped past my head with only 12 inches to spare. There were lesser number of Swallow present too.

Several Meadow Pipit & Skylark still in breeding display and song. 4 juv Pied Wagtail, Mallard, a few Linnet, 4 singing Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Curlew. Solitary LRP giving great views.

On the way up, the fields by Old Guy Rd, Qby had several Linnet there in the long grass.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

After the Deluge

With a heavy heart I went up the hill from hell yesterday, Mon, after the nigh on 36 hour deluge we suffered on Friday 15/6. Twas a justified attitude - 3 Lapwing were sloping off NW without one squeak or display flap. This signifies that the chick that BS encountered and others that were there have been killed off.

On a positive note, despite it being generally quiet, there were plenty of Skylark still displaying and singing, emphasising yet again that SH is a stronghold for the species.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Lazy Days

Soil Hill - Parched but amazingly the vegetation now very noticeable. Everything slowed down and Wood Pigeons now reappearing for the summer, 7 in fact. Large young in the Carrion Crow nest atop the pylon down the slope and although young not seen, there was some activity around the nest on the radio mast. Skylark, Mipit and Linnet floating around with singing Reed Buntings around the ponds, also Pied Wagtail. Aerial action being provided by Swallow and Swift supported by just one pair of Lapwing issuing protests. Single LRP did a circuit before disappearing to unknown destination.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Deanstones Lane to Shibden Head

Crawlin with Willow Warblers. Singing male Whitethroat near Deanstones and another at Shibden Head. Latter also got singing Goldcrest. 3 Blackcap, several Linnet, pr Goldfinch, plus usual. Disappointed no Spot Fly, surprised not to hear any woodpecker calls.

Saturday, June 02, 2007


A quick foray out into the morning fog along the hilside below Roper Lane produced loads of Willow Warblers (at least 12), 5 Linnet, 1 Meadow Pipit and best of all, a singing male Whitethroat. Also a family of Moorhens was present near the pools.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Good weather but not for birds.

Soil Hill

It's that time of year once more; migration has ended, breeding season well underway and the high pressure today meant birds were scarce. No sign of LRP, usual Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 3 Lapwing, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Swallow. An unexpected discovery was the dismembered corpse of a largeish bird, the mottled brown and wing shape made BS and myself think of gamebird, e.g Partridge/Pheasant, but there was nothing to really confirm.