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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Foxhill Today

Foxhill Park lunchtime
1 Sparrowhawk low over football pitch putting up
Starling flock of 100 +
7 Golden Plover >W over park towards Thornton Moor Res.
Several Robins around now and extra large flocks of Starlings.
1 Wren in back garden. BS

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Foxhill Today

30/10/2007 A bit of a Halloweeny photo for tomorrow

Foxhill Park early a.m.
43 Common Gull
8 BH Gull
Few Mipits over >S

Lunch time
Carrion Crows scratting amongst the fallen leaves
2 Pied Wags
several very noisy BH Gulls. BS
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Grim Part III

This fair weather isn't doing much good bird wise on Soil Hill:
Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Common Gull, Grey Heron, 5 Grey Partridge, Pheasant, 2 Goldfinch.

The seed in SE corner has been eradicated to no good visible effect. I think the corvids and Partridge are just gulping it down at speed; I topped up with my last nyjer anyway.

If anybody wants, I can direct them to a new hole to lose 12 inches of leg in and I promise I won't take your money.

Skylark at Mountain, 2 Pied Wagtail at Raggalds.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Soil Hill

28/10/2007 1500hrs
A quick look up on the hill to try make up for this mornings washout.
Strangely the full 3kg bag of seed I put down at last light yesterday plus
a scattering of peanuts was completely gone, either eaten or washed away
with this mornings torrential rain?
Just 8 Goldies were on the scrapes but I suspect more will come in to roost.
14 Blogging Mipits were about which were,nt there yesterday and also
2 Skylark. BS
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Still Grim

Talk about Doldrums; Soil Hill was unbelievably quiet. LBBG, 2 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 10 Grey Partridge. Nearly all the seed has been eaten already.

8 Finch types flew over Black Dyke Mills this morning; I'm still working out the two calls I heard, hoping it was Brambling.

PS They weren't.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Grim Soil Hill

27/10/2007 1600hrs
A last tea time wander before the end of British Summer Time.
Strong >W 5 Fog rolling in.
2 Chaffinch on track up to hill made me stop and look , thinking of
Snow Bunt. I think these are a site first for me.
Got plenty seed down and wandered over to scrapes in the thickening fog
pleasingly to find 18 Golden Plover on the summit. BS

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Inclusion of BS posts under Articles

I bunged your Posting of Chapel Lane graveyard over to the right Brian and discovered a slight problem. The pics don't load automatically so you have to click on the x button to view them then use your browser back and forth buttons, which is very unsatisfactory. I can't remember the cure for this right now; mainly because of premature senile dementia, but when/if I do, I will correct it. Meanwhile, I shall postpone the other entries on Local Hot Spots until remedied.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Soil Hill

30 Common Gull, 3 Skylark, 8 Linnet, Chaffinch, pr Goldfinch, Grey Heron, 5 Grey Partridge, Reed Bunting, Snipe. Seed nearly all gone from SE corner; I put some Nyjer down for the Twite that have not yet reappeared.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Queensbury Today

Several flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing came up out of the old station area
probably from roost and headed >S around 0800hrs.
3 flocks of Lapwings flew over the MOT station >NW but not sure if these were
migrating birds or locals. 82 in total
Several Dunnocks in Chapel Lane graveyard which are possible movers.
Foxhill quiet today with just the usual Common Gulls + 2 Pied Wags. BS

Queensbury Hot Spots

Chapel Lane Graveyard
Not actually a hot spot but well overgrown and good for holding birds.
Good numbers of Fieldfare and Redwing get in the trees here and there is
always a good supply of Hawthorn berries. Robins,Dunnocks and Blackbirds
are resident here and I have have blue, great ,coal and l.t. tits . Collared Doves are here
on a daily basis and Woodpigeons occasionally roost. As with most
graveyards its a place where anything can turn up. Its just 30yds up the
road from here at the Willows medical centre where Nigel K got a flock of Waxwings a couple of winters ago. BS
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Queensbury birding hotspots

Dailie Fields leading down to old railway station.
This is first of a few favourite birding locations around Queensbury that I intend to post.
In the foreground are the Dailie Fields which are good for breeding Linnet in the gorse bushes, Wheatear
and Snipe use the hillside and Little Owl are always present.The rows of Hawthorn and Holly bushes hold
good numbers of Redwings and Fieldfare and also large flocks of roosting Woodpigeons.
Bell Wood,in the centre of the picture is by the old railway tracks and hold several summer Warblers inc.
Redstart. Bullfinch are common here as are Jay, Green Woodpecker ,and Tawny Owl is usually around.
When Howard Creber and myself started birding here 40 yrs ago, Yellowhammer were common but are no longer found.
In the background is Fox Brow by the chimney which is also a good area. Kestrels used to nest each year on the chimney till the top section was removed. The top of the brow would make an excellant vis mig point. BS
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A Quiet Return

Easing myself back in, I walked from Queensbury to Soil Hill. The Rugby pitch at Chapel Lane has got Common Gull remains decorating half of it, which is more than the fields at Fleet Lane have.

Soil Hill - 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Common Gull, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Linnet. Yet another NIL return on Skylark within a month. Snipe flushed from bottom LH pond and the days good news: Wheatear, big and leggy but no supercilium.

Two Crows were gobbling up the seed, but there was still lots left at about mid day. Two quad bikers were enjoying the sunshine.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

S.H.Feeding Station

Yes , thats right Chris ,the block marks the spot. Ive set it up there so it can be viewed from a distance
without disturbance.I went up at tea time today but other than 4 Skylark and 1 Snipe the hill was dead.
Pleased that you can help with the seed.
Sorry Nigel but its a buy your own job if you want to put some down. All Im doing is buying wild bird
seed and mixing a small bag of Nyger with it to keep expense down. BS
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Concrete Rocks !!!

After a good morning at TMR watching Fieldfares and Redwing heading North, I went up to Soil Hill at mid-day to see if anything else was enjoying the sunshine. Not much about. 3 Kestrel, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 4 Linnet, 8 Starling, 2 Jackdaw, 8+ Crows and 1 Magpie. Heard a Reed Bunting on the North side. Also saw a Red Admiral Butterfly and one I think was a Tortoishell. (Probably spelt that wrong).

Anyway, I'll join in the seed feeding at the SE Corner. I assume the lone white 'boulder' is actually the lump of concrete about 1 foot square.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Queensbury Today

19/10/2007 early a.m. Casual obs to and at work.

Fieldfare ........... 380>W HC had 3000 + over Oxenhope this a.m.
Alba Wags............11 >S
Woodpigs............,72 >S much quieter that yesterday.

HC also rang me late morning to tell me that 7 Whooper Swans were heading in my
direction over the Paul Speak Institute but they must have passed to the east of me.

The Bitch is back

Just got back from a very interesting and productive birding stay in Cuba; the mosquitos were nice too. Thanks for keeping the blog going lads, I will look at in depth tomorrer morning.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


18/10/2007 early am.
A good morning for Woodpigeon movement with 430 >SW over Queensbury
just through casual observations to and at work. HC counted 830 from the
Oxenhope watch point along with 1125 Fieldfares.
Also over Qby early on were 2 Fieldfares >W and 11 Alba Wagtails, we seemed
to miss out on the Fieldfare move although because of the clear skies HC said that they
were moving very high and it was a binocular job. BS

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Soil Hill Feeding

After meeting Andy C. at a quiet Soil Hill today we have decided to re-start feeding up there in the hope of attracting winter buntings or anything else for that matter. Last time we used either wild bird seed, nyger seed ,or a mix of the two which seemed successful. The seed will be put down in the SE corner by a single white boulder so that the seed is concentrated to what seems to be the best area, so if anyone going up there fancies taking a pocket full of seed to drop down occasionally it will be greately appreciated. BS

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Soil Hill

13/10/2007 1600-1745hrs Heavy drizzle, misty with low cloud S>5
Went up tonight hoping for a wader being brought down in the perfect conditions but although the scrapes are topped up ,
not a wader in sight other than 2 Snipe. 6 Grey Partridge were feeding on the summit joined with 2 Red Legged Partridge which are
reasonably new commers to the hill. 8 Skylark were present plus 4 Mipits with a Kestrel hovering overhead in the mist.
The pond area was quiet with just a pair of Mallard. No sign of the single Wheatear today. BS
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Brief visit Swales and Shibden


Still 2 lingering wheatears or Whitearses as they are known in the Anglo-Saxon.
Only 3 skylark
Mipit numbers down to c.30
Fewer Linnet and Goldfinch too-40 and c.20 respectively.


My first Fieldfare of this Autumn flew in from the east, spent 5 mins calling from a treetop then took off N.
6 Redwings
2 Jays
Its nice to gain the winter Thrushes as we lose our summer visitors until the cycle begins again.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Foxhill Today

09/10/2007 Lunchtime
A good movement after a mornings heavy rain.

2 Fieldfare...................>S
8 Redwing...................>S
130 Mipits ..................>S
4 Alba Wagt................>S
1 Jay...........................>W

Monday, October 08, 2007

Swales Moor.

From 4PM-5.50PM.

2 L Owl
1 Mistle Thrush.
1 Robin
1 BH Gull South and 1 Common Gull S
2 Wheatears
NO STONECHATS. They've cleared off before the mist descended.
3 Skylarks.
7 Mipit
3 Linnet
1 Goldfinch
2 Jays
Forgot my notepad but that's about the extent of the species seen. I thought the mist and cloud may have brought something in but maybe it was a bit late in the day.
Is Nigel abroad now? He'll be checking here daily and laughing because he probably gets fifteen new species from the balcony during morning coffee. I'm not at all jealous.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Swales Moor and Ploughcroft

Mipit 70 plus in scattered, highly-active flocks.
8 distant Gull species headed S
12 Skylark
2 Wheatear
1 Grn Wood Peck
40 plus Linnet
20 plus Goldfinch
1 Wren
1 Dunnock
2 Kes
2 Sp Hawk
5 STONECHATS-2 M 2 F 1 probable Juv. Really chuffed with these. Spent 15 minutes before I could confirm 5 rather than a likely four.
2 Jays over
A walker reported multiple Sightings by him and his neighbours of 2 Buzzards here. I'm sceptical to say the very least. There is a crow around with white primaries and it dosen't take much to trigger fantasy. This is my strangest local report since the local Sp Hawks were said to be fed daily by hand. Oh, and a Harris Hawk reported to be a Hen harrier. Then there was the Lynx.....


1 L Owl spooked from 5 feet away.
15 Mistle Thrushes in a field.
2 Pied Wag 1 slightly yellow-faced
1 Redwing
1 Bullfinch Female.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Soil Hill

06/10/2007 1600-1700 hrs
Still 2 Wheatear hanging on up there.
The large flock of Mipits from last weekend have gone and I only found 2 Skylark.
Nice charm of 16 Goldfinch , 1 Kestrel and 1 Cock Pheasant.
4 Swallows flew overhead >S.
The Linnet flock was down to 12.
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Friday, October 05, 2007

Queensbury Today

Over Qby MOT, just above traffic lights, early a.m.

MEADOW PIPITS..........................38 >S
JAY.............................................5 W
REDWING....................................32 >W
CHAFFINCH................................7 >S

Starling flock above Foxhill now increased to 300 +
Wonder how Nigel,s getting on in Cuba. BS

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Foxhill Today

Early a.m.
1 Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 3 Crows
22 Common Gull in park
18 Chaffinch over >S
27 Mipits >S
1 Grey Squirrel running along the point of a bungalow roof.

Lunch time
3 Pied Wags in park + 2 Linnets

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Desolation Row

Perhaps I am unkind, but this afternoon's sortie brought back memories of Dylan's music. Quiet is not the word! I am proud to present a NIL return on Skylark for Soil Hill, which is probably the first in over a year. Present were 2 Kestrel, 5/6 Meadow Pipit, 2/3 Linnet, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, pr Dunnock.

Queensbury did have a Skylark and also 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Linnet, 5 Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail. The Starling flock at Foxhill/Mountain is now well over 200 strong.

That's the way it goes and anyway 'pon my return my friendly neighbourhood postie had 2 juicy books on Cuban birds to await my perusal thereof. Thanks very much Dave.

Good birding everybody.