Friday, October 31, 2008
2 Coal tits
10-12 House Sparrows
1 Male Blackbird
2 Dunnocks (female)
7 Starlings - fighting everything off to eat from my feeders!!
Not a bad day in eh? = )
A very fresh N breeze was sweeping Soil Hill:
13 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, LBBG, 3 Common Gull, 14 Mallard, 35 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Grey Partridge, 2 Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Goldfinch, usual corvids.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Just by chance I was outside Qby M.O.T garage this morning sweeping leaves away from the door when the local corvids lifted up out of the trees making a right noise. I stared in disbelief to see that they were mobbing a RED KITE. The bird wasn,t very high and had come over the valley from the Shipley Glen area and flew directly over me >S towards Shibden Valley. No wing tags were visible but I was only looking with the naked eye. Just shows the amount of luck there is with this game. BS
You don't have to take any other action, other than add the species and place a 1 in the count column as a tick - the totals will be automatically updated. The email address and passwords you use for this blog will enable you to access the file. Please comment if you want a list as I don't want to create tables for all bloggers if only 3 of us want to participate.
I will also Email this entry to each of you so everybody get's sight of it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Littlemoor had about 9 Redwing and 11 Fieldfare down in the bottom fields.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
4 Goosander still on the water along with numerous BHG but I couldn't spot any Little Grebe. Grey Heron & Grey Wagtail present, several Robin, Sparrowhawk and 2 GSW.
I called back in at SH as the cold had set in but it didn't improve the bird count any. Just a few Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Carrion Crow mobbing what looked to be a Sparrowhawk in the distance. A pr Stonechat were on the telephone wires; a Twite flew overhead calling.
2 Bramblings on "The Reserve" for most of the day. They were with 25 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch 10 Goldfinch.
71 Lapwings in the usual spot.
A Redwing and a Little Owl on Green Lane with 2 Blackbirds, 4 Chaffinch and a Mistle Thrush.
60 Woodpigeons SW at the top of Ned Hill this morning.
I'm also enclosing a picture of the local "Rut" taken this morning. for your "Furry Things" section.
Addendum - Once again thanks very much Denise, the photos are of the usual high standard and I promise I will post them, given time. If i don't BLOG them, I will in fact get them on the Website, once I have devised a structure. - Nigel PS - Managed to post these 2 great examples - all now on the Queensbury birds gallery.
Monday, October 27, 2008
1 Coll Dove
1 L Owl
Distant flock of finches- Linnets possibly. 15 birds.
5 Geese headed W over Wainstalls.
Distant gulls >S over Shibden valley to roosts.
1 L Owl
14 Redwings came in from E looking lost and maybe looking for somewhere to roost.
As the light faded further I picked up first a Wheatear (novel in respect of being late and my only one this autumn) then a female Stonechat. Both were very accomodating and I had one in each side of the bins, then a Male Stonechat appeared.
Stonechats are doing very well and what a nice bird they are.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
On the home front, 27 Greenfinch in my garden smashed their previous best of 16. And after several months of enticement with niger seed 3 Goldfinch look set to be regular visitors.
6 LT Tits
1 Coal Tit
1 Green Pecker (heard)
1 Great Spot Pecker (heard)
Treacherous underfoot, spent much of time looking down to avoid breakage of limbs! Lots of fungi including a yellow 'finger' and several yellow puffballs oh, and the remnants of Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria I think).
Still taking the lazy option at the moment and e-mailing.
I've kept an eye on the Lapwings this week. The flock size has varied from 57 on Wednesday, to 116 on Friday. None there yesterday. They were replaced by 14 Rooks, all looking wind-swept and interesting-and purple.
I think I got the benefit of late movement on Soil Hill this morning at 0930 hrs:
22 Meadow Pipit, 7 Snipe, Golden Plover, 3 Mallard, Jackdaw, 3 Dunnock, 3 Robin, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Twite and a female Goosander flying N.
There were no Skylark.
Raggalds had 105 Common Gull and 20 BHG.
0800-0930hrs. Cool W >5-6 early rain.
After heavy overnight rain the res was nearly to the promenade wall with water gushing down the overflow.
Paths around the res were over ankle deep in some places.
Birds were nearly non existant with low numbers of the usual Robins,Wrens, Dunnocks and Tits.
No Goldcrests were seen and just 2 f Goosander, 2 Jays and half a dozen BH Gulls were all to show for the morning.
Skies were empty with no vis mig, this was also confirmed by DCB at Oxenhope unless things picked up for him later.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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Friday, October 24, 2008
Oats Royd area
Kes giving crippling views for upwards of 10 minutes twice flying low over our heads. Pics taken through binoculars.
8 House spadge (towards Ambler Thorn)
5 LT Tits
1 Grey Heron
4 Moorhen on fields then panic to get into cover towards observer.
1 Comm Gull
3 BH Gulls
5 M Thrush
Just a few of the commoner resident species.
1 Common Toad
I spoke to one of the family who own the land and he re-affirmed that presently we are still allowed to walk around birding. As we suspected, he told us the place is being restored in a similar fashion to the adjacent slope that has already been grassed. There is scope for some optimism however; when I mentioned it would be beneficial to wildlife in keeping a couple of pools on the top rough ground, he said it would be looked into.
Queensbury - 9 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 30 Common Gull and again a party of unidentified LBJs. (Little Brown Jobs).
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Feel free to look at the site and give it a kicking, you won't break 'owt - I've already done it.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Just over 2 months to go and you could be the owner of the priceless collectors item trophy for sighting the bird of the year. Failing that you could win an equally collectable runner up trophy.
Some of the best birds so far are :-
Dotterel ( the finder of this bird has been disqualified for fetching the bird in his bag from Pendle Hill)
Long Eared Owl
Little Ringed Plover
To mention just a few.
Theres still chance of a goody mixed in which migration or a nice winter bird either,
Sunday, October 19, 2008
19/10/2008 1445-1545hrs Strong SW>6 gusting 7
Not heeding Nigels telephone message to forget Soil Hill today as it was dead I trudged around every inch of the summit for Snow Bunt or something else being blown in only to find Nigel was right.
3 Meadow Pipit
2 Fieldfare in field east of enterance track
2 Red eyes and 1 blinding headache in that wind
Yes they can but not using hotmail addresses with Windows Live Mail. This was sent from my Sunday Email address, known only by my Banker, MP, Parole Office and the local Hangman. PS if you use Windows Live Mail it formats it as a slide show, takes up unnecessary page space and opens the image up in another window.
Hi Nigel. I was going to attempt to post on the blog myself, but couldn't find the details you sent me. I thought I'd have a play at the vimig this morning (I must be mad!). Here's the short version:
07:00 - 10:00 Ned Hill. Weather as Brian said; visibility as you can imagine from the picture.
I heard Redwings from 07:00, but couldn't see anything until 07:30. Then had several flocks ranging in size from 4 to 60. Some were, clearly, disorientated- they came in from different directions, flew round and retraced their steps. The total was 160+. Also seen:
1 Mistle Thrush
3 Feral Pigeons
1 Grey Heron
1 Meadow Pipit
2 Common Gulls
I heard, Mallard,Robin,Pheasant,Greenfinch,Chaffinch.
I checked out the Lapwings again, this morning, and counted 99.
Place mouse over image and click to enlarge for key identification factors. Showing well on Soil Hill this morning and becoming commonplace.
Good job I decided against a vismig reveille because this was just short of a dead zone:
7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Kestrel, 20 Mallard, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Wren, Corvids.
A flock of about 11 small finch size birds were at Reservoir Place, Mountain but they remain unidentified because the wind drowned any calls and they were just too flighty to pin down. Bins secured in rucksack didn't help much!
19/10/2008 0730-0930hrs Fog, Mist, Heavy Drizzle, W>4
Just the opposite to yesterday although conditions did,nt help but the big push of Redwings had moved through with
none in the trees at Ogden.
Around the water was quiet with just the usual Robins, Tits and Goldcrests but in small numbers.
1 f Goosander was on the water with 25 BH and 4 Common Gull.
4 Meadow Pipit >S
6 Chaffinch >S
28 Redwing >NW
8 Fieldfare >W
3 Siskin in lower plantation.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Casual observations walking to and at work only.
Walking down Chapel Lane this morning Redwings were skimming low over the top of the buildings all moving
either > N, NW,and W. This heavy movement continued whilst watching as much as I could at work but many were missed with thoughtless customers bringing their cars for mending.
All the Redwings were low, several coming out of the trees down Queensbury Station, but the Fieldfares that passed were very high up in the blue sky, these were all moving >W.
By 0945hrs the tap was turned off and all was quiet.
Linda at home said large flocks were moving >W over Foxhill Park.
REDWING...................... c 900
Friday, October 17, 2008
25 Redwing >W over park
4 Pied Wagtails on top pitch
Took camera to work this a.m. after seeing red ball sunrise and ideal conditions
for big Redwing push but it never happened.
Nigel, The e mail address you used was correct.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Ogden had quite a number of LTT and Goldcrests plus a few of the Robins BS mentioned previously. The 2 female Goosander were showing very well, if not suitably close enough for any photographs. I was lucky in getting just 1 Little Grebe - a chance sighting as it only appeared for 3/4 seconds. Some halfwitted dog owner also had luck on her side in as much as I didn't kick her poodle to death after it bit my leg; gaiters are well worth wearing after all.
Back up to the hill from hell then to find that within just a couple of hours things had changed markedly. I saw fresh excavation marks on the top field and turning around saw the (picture) machinery responsible. It maybe that the long expected levelling and topsoiling is about to become a reality, or I could be miles off the track. Meanwhile, let's just hope for the best and remind ourselves that the owner still kindly gives us permission to walk around freely.
Clocked another 10 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel and Wheatear before trotting back home.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
2 Little Grebes still on the res'r but they can be very elusive hiding in the vegetation edge
2 female Goosanders also there this afternoon
6 L B B G's over >SW
1 Meadow Pipit!
You only get out what goes in, so if there are any species you have seen, they won't appear unless they are recorded. Try entering my old Post Code BD13 2QF and reduce to a 10km square SE03 or you can keep at the 1km square for a smaller list.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Soil Hill - 50 Meadow Pipit, 17 Skylark, pr Mallard, Grey Heron, Snipe, 7 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Stonechat. The conifers again had an interesting bird; unfortunately it was silhouetted against that big orange ball in the sky and could not be confirmed, but sounded like a Bullfinch!
Most spectacular was the SEO giving great views but always when you passed it by, almost as if it was having the last laugh. It was just too sharp for any photoshots - especially the stint when I was walking back up the hill!
Lifted slightly long enough to get Daves 2 Little Grebe in NW corner.
25 BH Gull
1 Green Wdpecker
Overnight fall of Chaffinch and Robins
58 Chaffinch around water
29 Robins, sev showing characteristics of continental race being much more timid with slimmer features and yellowy orange breasts.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Oats Royd - 3 Jay, 2 Goldcrest.
Bradshaw - 2 Kestrel.
Back Lane - 2 Kestrel.
Soil Hill - Short-eared Owl, Wheatear, Kestrel.
SEO was giving close range epic views quartering and perching. Stunning markings and colours - a personal tick for me and by many miles my most jaw-dropping owl experience.
Prizes? ok if you insist. First prize is a weeks birding holiday on Soil Hill in December, but for chrissakes don't come runner up - that' s two weeks in January.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Queensbury - 13 Common Gull, 4 Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, Little Owl, Goldfinch.
Soil Hill - 26 Meadow Pipit, 13 Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant, Kestrel, 2 Snipe, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, Twite. In the conifers opposite the track entrance were 9 Long-tailed Tit which is a personal first for me, if not for the site (AC & D Prest).
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
16+ Robins and 13+ Goldcrests
Monday, October 06, 2008
Well done and thanks for your effort.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Also present: approx 40 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Golden Plover, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 30 Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting.
KM (earlier arrival) reports 6 Stonechat, 3 Swallow, 1 unidentified hirundine additionally.
Queensbury - 6 Meadow Pipit; 5 Skylark at CC.
05/10/2008 Misty wet start improving. Calm.
8 Canadas + Barnacle
7 BH Gulls
68 Meadow Pipit >S
2 Redpoll >S
9 Siskin >S
2 Snipe >W
4 Mistle Thrush >W
7 Pied Wagtails in field by stables.