Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
SH - Blackbird, 2 singing Skylark, Kestrel. Weasel
Bradshaw - approx 50 Rook, 25 Jackdaw, several Greenfinch, 2 singing Chaffinch, 3 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush.
OR - pr Mallard, 3 Woodpigeon, Kestrel, 4/5 Greenfinch, singing Goldcrest. A Kingfisher was giving a good show and I got a personal patch tick and repeat of CK predicted species that BS got earlier. A Redpoll was flying all over the place, calling and singing, which helps! Also 3 Roe Deer, Water Vole
Monday, February 25, 2008
12+ Mistle Thrushes and 3+ Redwings amongst them.
1 Little Owl
2 Skylarks 2 Greenfinches
1 Kestrel giving great views.
3 Bullfinch, additional birds heard.
Another show-off Kestrel in various stationary, hovering and flight poses kept me entertained during the quiet moments.
10 Long-Tailed Tits were giving great views.
4 ish each of Great Tits and Blue Tits.
1 Jay (others heard) 1 wren
We did manage to find c40 Fieldfares, 8 Mistle Thrush, 30 Lapwings, c140 Starlings and 2 Stock Doves in the fields on Back Lane at Ogden. 2 Goosanders >W overhead.
Great Crested Grebe still on the res'r and catching plenty of small fish also 5 Canada Geese. 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrels and a fleeting glimpse of a Sparrowhawk.
Pr Skylark, pr Mallard, 2 Starling and a Crow, or three.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Queensbury cricket field. First stop off point for returning Skylarks.
24/02/2008 Strong WSW>5 Drizzle.
A very poor morning with 1 Song Thrush up singing. Several Chaffinch and Greenfinch about but keeping down out of the wind.
2 Little Owl
2 Roe Deer
+ usual sp.
14 Skylark on and around cricket field but very mobile.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Well done Iain and Brian the pair of you have posted to the gallery, and you never had your PCs switched on! I have sent you and updated Email with an additional step in it which should cure the problem BS mailed me about.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
More dreadful photos. Digiscoped ones this time. Shibden Head Feb 12. They're not enhanced in any way, no point doing that until I get the photography bit right. I'm hoping they'll magically look better on the blog! The best of a bad bunch; you should see the others!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The prog is part of a series 'World on the Move' bang that in a search engine. You may need to be registered to BBC iplayer (free radio and telly online). The series features many forms of animal mig not just birds.
They are having a competition between 3 different obs for the first migrants. Bit off topic perhaps and outside the recording area but not for long.
Ogden mostly frozen over this morning. Great Crested Grebe still present and 2 sightings of single Crossbills. One over the pines on the west side flew up Skirden Clough and the other, or the same bird over on the east side flew out from the pines and over the res'r and back to the pines.
I think there could be others there but if they don't call - very difficult!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Halifax Scientific Society, kindly given to me by Andy C.
The bird part of the survey, which also covers moths and plants, was mainly for song birds ,which apart from the common species included several Redstarts, Whitethroats, Yellowhammers, Tree Pipits and Cuckoos.
60 species were recorded during the survey which also included, Lesser Peckers, Water Rail , Corncrake and Pied Flycatcher. How times change. We used to get Water Rail most winters down there when the sewage works was active and Yellowhammers were common down Queensbury station. BS
Monday, February 18, 2008
3 male Blackbirds been in garden for several days now sorting out territory
Mistle Thrush singing in park.
Report of 2 Little Owls and regular Kestrel around New House Lane allotments.
Undisclosed site....Report of Stoat in pure ermine coat seen on several occasions in same area.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
All ponds frozen over.
A quiet morning apart from lots of singing Chaffinch mainly on the Gulf.
2 Green Woodpecker
2 Little Owl
1 Roe deer
Old Guy Rd
3 Skylark on cricket field
4 in fields, 1 singing
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
8 Skylark - a pair in courtship display. 6 Common Gull, 29 Lapwing, 3 Fieldfare, 4 singing Robin, ditto Chaffinch and Reed Bunting. Roe Deer
Qby, Old Guy Rd - Meadow Pipit, 2 Common Gull, 3 Skylark going bananas, 3 Linnet over SE. Plenty of House Sparrows around Chapel Lane.
Apart from Feral Pigeon, Brian, I have updated Article 'Soil Hill' from your own list, thanks. However, I am still 4 short and am ripping more hair out than normal. Hopefully, I'll get there...
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
14 Redwings 2 Pied Wagtails
80+ crows, one with hardly any tail at all. 1 Rook.
3 Skylarks, 1 singing.
Shibden to Shibden Head.. 12.45-5.30 pm.. spring has come to Shibden..
3 GSW's and several drumming. 2 Green pecker heard and 1 seen.
4 Song Thrushes singing vigourously were a delight to hear. These were the stars of today's show. 2 of these were watched for a while just 50 feet apart belting out their gorgeous song.
1 Fieldfare 12 Mistle Thrushes
17+ Redwings 2 Goldcrests
2 Jays (heard) 1 Kes (male)
Plenty of vocal Blue and Gt tits but where are the LT Tits of late?
And the sparrowhawks?
Bit busy towards Shibden Head, I think it's the school holidays.
I've been told crossbow bolts have been found in the valley. These are thought to have been used against large mammals. Please keep your eyes open for any such activity and report it to the police.
Well done to Nigel for the Green Peck and the Snow Bunt, also to Brian for shedding his Treecreeper curse.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
A thorough search from Shibden Head down past the
sewage works for Treecreeper and Nuthatch proved fruitless
until on my way back I managed a solitary Treecreeper just above the top sewage works gates
in Henacre wood. Other wise all quiet apart from Kestrel, several Blue and Gt Tits and
1 Green Woodpecker + usual sp.
6 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 3 LBBG, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 22 Lapwing, Snipe, Goldfinch, 2 singing Robin, 2 f Stonechat.
I got a new species for the SH list - Green Woodpecker. I first heard it at close quarters down the hill near the house; I think it was actually on the deck somewhere. Then I heard it again as I was leaving the hill, giving the typical breeding call.
Qby Cricket Club down to one Skylark.
10/02/2008 Still, bright sunshine. Frost low down.
53 Common Gull
9 BH Gull
3 singing Blackbirds
OLD GUY RD
8 Skylark back on cricket field
24 Common Gull
2 Collared Doves
2 Little Owl
1 LT Tit
1 Singing Mistle Thrush
2 Grey Partridge
1 Collared Dove
+ plenty singing Robins, Wrens and Dunnocks
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Also 3 Skylark, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Partridge, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Stonechat. 2 Roe Deer.
Credits - I will try and edit the ones that don't have an author attributed to them, but would ask anybody that uploads to include their initials in the title, e.g. NK Lesser Grey Shrike (Hahahahah he cried, as they led him away). However, rest assured I won't be laying claim to your hard work then selling off and living a life of luxury.
Now, let us patiently await the subject matter...
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Also of note - a Tawny Owl singing at 14.30 in the woods leading up to Skirden Clough.
Also overhead 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Jay.
44 Goldfinches singing in the trees just after the turn into Ogden Lane off Keighley Road.
A touch of Spring today with 1 Blackbird singing at Foxhill,
1 Dunnock in full song in Chapel Lane graveyard and
1 Robin singing in the car park at work.
Lunchtime today, a female Sparrowhawk skimmed across Chapel lane and
landed on the grass in the grounds of the Willows before taking off again.
A Starling nearly had me fooled in Foxhill park piping like a Redshank.
Well done with the photo gallery Nigel, the problem for me is with this pay as you go it takes forever to load,
still need broadband. BS
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
7+ Great Tits
1 Woodcock. This is my second ever in Calderdale and a first for this area for me. This was near the large ruin that's just South of the former sewage works.
2 Bullfinch. Then 3 more at Shibden Head.
5 + Jays
2 Green WoodPeckers were heard.
2 Kestrels. 1 male was seen to fly for some time carrying a small mammal. Some kind of display perhaps?
6 Lesser Black Backed Gulls headed South.
3 + Goldcrests
1 Treecreeper. This was just off the track leading down to the sewage works. Near the blue rope swing and just up from the small ruin. Another sighting of possibly the same bird bathing in a stream.
1 Coal Tit.
1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
Possibly would have seen more if it wasn't for having to watch my feet. The ground on the slopes was treacherous with the recent rain and motorbikes ripping the surface of the tracks up.
Very accomodating birds Treecreepers. I spotted the one today as I was making my way up a muddy slope. I spotted the bird then my foot slipped and I landed on my tripod with a loud clatter. Conveniently the bird, only some fifteen feet away, was totally oblivious.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Headed down to Oats Royd to look for the Siskin/Redpoll but no luck. The two Little Owls I saw on Sunday were still in exactly the same position! I think they are stuffed and someone is having me on!
Sunday, February 03, 2008
2 Little Owls
1 Sp. Hawk over. These are an infrequent sighting for me lately here and in Shibden.
10 Mistle Thrushes feeding in the fields.
2 Gt Tits c. 6 B Tits
c. 6 House Sparrows
Shibden (in passing)
1 G Heron
4 Grn finches
On the way back up to Roper Lane, stopped to look back down over the pools and saw a small tree full of magpies. There were 28! I've never seen so many in on place before. Someone will have to invent more lines for the nursery rhyme!
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Access via Brewery Lane or footpath from Priestley Hill.
From the bottom of Brewery Lane walk down the track which was once the access road to the sewage works, which when working in the 1960s was good for waders,wagtails and meadow pipit.
On the left of the track is Henacre wood which covers the steep hillside down to the beck, this is a good springtime catchment area for warblers.
On the right are firstly fields which hold winter thrushes and lower down the track, still on the right, is Hanging Royd wood. The remains of the old Hanging Royd barn can still been seen which was famous,again in the 1960s, for the illegal sport of toss ha,penny gambling. " Gammers" would come from all over the country on Sunday afternoons to the barn where large amounts of money would change hands. We were chased off many times by the
" crows" ( lookouts ) when birding in this area.
Lower down on the left is a large open area with a few trees where little owl, tawny owl and woodcock can be found on an evening visit. The Hawthorns on the right hold winter tit flocks and warblers in the spring/summer.
Treecreeper and nuthatch have recently been sighted near the sewage works gates, IG, CK.
Green and Gt Spotted woodpeckers are resident breeders in the area along with most of the commoner woodland species.
Roe deer can often be seen low down in the valley. BS