Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
We live in the vicinity of Hill End Lane, Queensbury. We love watching birds and visit your website quite often to see what is around. We are quite fortunate to frequently get a Sparrowhawk visiting our garden.(Not so for the poor house sparrows though) Its not frightened by us at all, my hubby got quite close to take photos. My son video'd it tucking in to a house sparrow in the back garden just last week. Maybe my husband and I could meet up with you sometime.
Anyway I just wanted to say hi and I enjoy reading your sightings.
Mrs Linda Ioanna
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Shibden Valley (upper)
14 Swallows by Scout Hall - mostly juvs but adults seen to still be in and out of buildings so they are probably still feeding young!)
1 Treecreeper nearby
I also checked the site where Tree Sparrows used to frequent (in the big hedge adjacent to Lee Lane just above the YW pumping station) without success but it was worth a try) is this in the area Nigel?
No Skylarks - 1 Meadow Pipit
12 Grey Partridge together in one of the quarries
20 + House Sparrows at top of Ploughcroft
The hill was absolutely dead with nothing at all on the summit other than Corvids and Woodpigs,
not even a Skylark. The only thing of interest was Meadow Pipits trickling in from the north in small groups and landing in the field by the entrance.
By the time I left up to 150 birds were feeding in the field,probably getting ready to move in the morning.
The usual hillside full of Corvids.
Soil Hill - Meadow Pipits trickling through; estimate approx 110. 15 Skylark, 4 of which were singing. 2 Snipe, 8 Golden Plover over E, 7 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kestrel. I flushed a Merlin and alerted CK who was fortunate enough to see it was carrying prey. 3 Linnet, 45 Goldfinch, 5 Robin, 4 Wren, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Stonechat, Wheatear, Willow Warbler.
28/09/2008 Dead Calm, early cloud then some sun.
21 Lt tits
BACK LANE- Vis Mig
1 Peregrine >S
85 Meadow Pipit>SW
7 PF Geese over Ogden, alerted DCB at Oxenhope and he got 100+ >E
70+ PF Geese >E to the south of me over Swalesmoor
25 Redwing >N landed in tree tops by giants tooth.
50+ Blogging Meadow Pipits
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
And 1 raven , a tick for the garden.
At 7.30ish they all set of in one noisey flock going towards Thornton.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
1 Stonechat at the top end of the golf course (but maybe thats not allowed?!) not sure where the boundary is?
1 Swallow >SW (they are getting thin on the ground now)
1 Stock Dove
Lots of mipits and 1 Grey Wagtail
Soil Hill - 5/6 Meadow Pipit, 10 Skylark, 6 Stonechat.
Back Lane - 9 Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldfinch, Blackbird, Great & Blue Tit, pr Swallow.
Ogden Res - GC Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail, Siskin (you left the cage door open didn't you Dave?). Also this really wild Barnacle thingy.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Underground Reservoir mast and wires held 200+ pre roost Starlings
Richardsons Farm, 1pr Stonechat, 4 Wheatear
Cricket Field c 50 Blogging Meadow Pipits
Highland Cattle field,Roper Lane, 54 Mixed Linnet and Goldfinch.
1 Grey Heron high over Roper Lane. Had a near death experience thinking it was an Osprey.
1 Gt Crested Grebe
1 Willow Warbler
1 Mistle Thrush
2 LBB gulls
Vis Mig. Disappointing with blue skies killing it.
120 Mipits >SW
4 Swallows >SW
I know I said I wanted a Ruff morning but not this Rough !
Saturday, September 20, 2008
c200 Meadow Pipits moving through on a broad front (in among was a possible Yellow Wagtail - it was just too far off to be sure. It came down with mipits in fields near Syke Lane but not re-located although lots of mipits there)
1 Grey Heron
1 G C Grebe
1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker
c200 Meadow pipits
c60 Goldfinch feeding on thistles in fields below Back lane
I'm glad we didn't head for Shibden as originally intended, I needed Buzzard for here.
1 Sp Hawk
3 Moorhen (at least one juv)
7 LT Tits
1 chiff/will warb (very distant and fleeting)
250 Gulls on surrounding lower fields. Judging by Gulls overhead all/predominantly BH.
1 Coll dove >E
1 Green Pecker (heard)
1 Mipit over> E
3 Blue Tits
1 Mistle Thrush briefly before heading > N
1 Coal Tit
2 LBB Gulls >W.
The sound of a Kestrel calling drew my gaze to the top of Royd Hill where a Common Buzzard appeared having picked up much unwanted attention. 3 Crow and about 10 Jackdaw harassed it for several minutes as it made off at speed in a southwesterly direction. Eventually, before being out of visual range, it was circling alone and gaining impressive height. Also present 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 11 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest.
Then I went to Soil Hill...
Short Eared Owl; Hobby heading SE. After phoning BS to alert him, I flushed a Ruff, which circled then headed SW. The bird did present a puzzle initially, but thanks to mobile phone input via BS and D Barker, satisfactory identification was concluded. Also:
14 Skylark, Moorhen, 5 Grey Partridge, Little Owl, 3 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 12 Linnet, 19 Goldfinch, pr Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 2 Goldcrest.
Turned out nice again, even though BS said I had a 'Ruff' morning (groans).
Friday, September 19, 2008
Bit late in the day by the time I get home and organised but worth the walk to see 100s of Jackdaws in fields below
Roper Lane ,then >N to roost.
Old Guy Rd :-
40 + blogging Meadow Pipits
2 Pied Wagtails
300+ Common and BH Gulls in newly mown fields
Richardsons Farm :-
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thought there may be some birds backed up by the mist. Decent numbers but no wheatears.
1 L Owl
1 Pied Wag
60 House Marts looking eager to move South.
Holmfield (Crooked Lane).
1 Goldcrest in conifer plantation
2 House Mart
1 Coal Tit
1 Pied Wag
And one for Andy C possibly. Large caterpillar c. 2 inches. Very distinctive white stripes along the body length against a dark grey background. Light green underneath. No hairs on body.
A 22+ strong mixed flock of Goldfinch & Linnet were at Mountain, as was the pr Twite reported 10th, along with a Wheatear.
SOIL HILL- 55 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, 11 Snipe flushed. Also 30 Goldfinch, pr Reed Bunting, 5 Stonechat, pr Wheatear.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Pair of BIG bats covering a lot of ground and feeding as high as the tops of pylons. Leading edge of wing had a 'notched' appearance towards the body. Picked one up in the bins whilst watching a Kes and for a split second thought it was some sort of bird.
1 Tawny Owl seen.
Several other Tawnys calling down in Shibden valley.
2 Great Black Backed Gull south
3 BH Gull
2 Common Gull
1 Stock Dove
7 Chaffinch south
1 Pied wag
3 Reed Bunting
Also a Common Lizard by the bottom pool and 1 Roe Deer(looking very red ?)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
14/09/2008 0800-0930hrs Low cloud base, Drizzle, Calm
Overnight fall of Willow Warblers around reservoir,
24 Willow Warblers counted just from path around water.
11 Coal Tits
1pr Bullfinch, site tick for me, I think!
2 Green Woodpeckers
Cloud too low for vis mig.
Report from MD (BOG) of Red Kite at Denholme Clough this a.m.
Report from DCB of massive influx of Honey Buzzards all down east coast this weekend,
these are hopefully heading for Soil Hill.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
There must have been a major departure of Swallows yesterday, as not one bird was seen at all around the hill.
70+ Meadow Pipit, 10 Skylark, 22 Mallard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Snipe, 24 BHG, 3 Common Gull, 3 Linnet, 35 Goldfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, Robin, 5 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear (1 prob leucorhoa). Also seen Fox and Weasel
Reliable report of SEO seen on 7th Sept by nearby resident.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Another day of steady flowing Mipits early doors all >S
May have to take the garden feeders down for a while, had 3 successful Sparrowhawk strikes on
House Sparrows in 3 days. Wife getting a bit excited about her beloved sparrows and talking about buying a shotgun.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
2 G C Grebes
1 Barnacle Goose!
80+ Meadow Pipits put up by Sparrowhawk on Back Lane
12+ Coal Tits
2 L B B G's
2 Grey Wagtails
1 House Martin through >S
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
Soil Hill is back!
Steady flow of Mipits >S from early a.m. to midday
Several Swallows also >S
f. Sparrowhawk took sparrow from garden feeder
Squirrel destroyed a bag of nuts from feeder but enjoyed them.
1 Wheatear early evening down the Bonnet near to the old brewery
Increasing numbers of Jackdaws over to roost towards Wilsden.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
2 G C Grebes
5 Tufted Duck
1 female Blackcap eating rowan berries
12+ Godcrests (numbers are starting to increase)
16+ Robins (numbers also increasing)
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
95 Black-headed and 10 Common Gulls
Sunday, September 07, 2008
07/09/2008 15oo-1530hrs Thunderstorm, torrential rain
The,s nowt like a reet good dowsing and Ive had two today.
Just managed to reach the summit of Soil Hill at the same time as a thunderstorm and torrential rain pounding down.
Oh well, theres always next weekend.
15 Meadow Pipit
07/09/2008 0800-0930hrs Heavy rain showers . Reservoir overflowing
Quietest morning yet with water half way up the Willow trees.
4 BH Gull
3 Singing Robins
2 Gt Crested Grebe
And that was it apart from this very wild Barnacle Goose taking bread from people !
No sign of any Vis Mig taking place.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Queensbury - 6 Linnet, Little Owl, at Old Guy Rd. LBBG showing characteristics of Baltic race Larus fuscus on Raggalds flood along with 11 Mallard, 2 Common & BHG Gull. 40 Goldfinch were on the telegraph wires nearby, about 18 Swallow generally.
Soil Hill - 10 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 3 Snipe, Grey Heron, Kestrel, 17 Jackdaw, 19 Woodpigeon, 20 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 4 House Martin, 40 Swallow, Swift! 4 Wheatear including this
largish individual which is a possible contender for leucorhoa ? No, I didn't count the primaries.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
42 Meadow Pipits >W over Foxhill Park
1 Grey Wagtail >W
14 Swallows >S
All moving in front of the approaching rain.
I see the Osprey hunter and his Squaw have been clocking up more records today.
Bloomin eck Dave you,ve had more Osprey this year than I,ve had in the last 5.
It just shows what a bit of determination and getting out there can do. We badly need a
Queensbury area record so see what you can sort. Well done to Dave and Jen Sutcliffe.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
2 years ago 2 birds came through there and another over Soil Hill, all on 5th September, so now is the right time to check!
c60 Lapwings in fields behind Back Lane
1 Gt Sp Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker
2 G C Grebes
NO Siskin today!
4 Pied Wagtails in park
Sev. Swallows steadily moving >S
Plenty Greenfinch about, unusual for up here.
Unconfirmed report of Osprey moving >S down Shibden valley towards Stump Cross area ?
Still Swallows moving >S low over park.
15 Goldfinch on thistles behind Pineberry