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Friday, October 31, 2008

Weeks Holiday

Ooh good thought I, I'm on a weeks holiday I'll be able to watch the feathered friends who empty my feeders every day and never leave a thank you note! Unfortunatley not! I've been busy busy busy UNTIL today! I was very pleased to have a day at home and from my kitchen window I had the pleasure of seeing : -

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? = )

Usual Route

24 Fieldfare flying N up Old Guy Rd was good to start off with. Also present in the area were 2 Redwing and 5 Meadow Pipit, plus a raptor pellet. This could have been Kestrel or the Little Owl, I just don't know.

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

A Bonus at Work

30/10/2008 0830hrs.

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

Website - Year List

If interested contributors to this blog can have their Year List (whatever) published on the Website and edited online. This means you can share your list with whoever views the site, but only the individual can update the list. Say if I get jealous of MW list, I can't go in and wipe off his Guttulated Foliage Gleaner nor replace it with Greenwithenvy Sandpiper.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pAkBKQW9hGNnFbVow-kMZJg

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

They ain't There.

Went down to High Cross Lane/Corporal Lane this am in the hope that the cold weather had induced Golden Plover to roost with the Lapwing. There were no Lapwing; only birds were a few Rook, a Fieldfare and a Grey Wagtail.

Littlemoor had about 9 Redwing and 11 Fieldfare down in the bottom fields.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Soil Hill & Ogden

The weather was just too mild and Soil Hill was quiet so I went down to Ogden Res and found that it is half term holidays and well, you can guess the rest.


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.

Bramblings Back!




Being the pain that I am, I'm here again with an e-mail. I thought you'd like these.

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.

Denise Shields.

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

Ploughcroft and Swales.

Pcroft

1 Coll Dove
1 Redwing
1 L Owl
1 Kes

Swales

Distant flock of finches- Linnets possibly. 15 birds.
5 Geese headed W over Wainstalls.
Distant gulls >S over Shibden valley to roosts.

5 Goldfinch
7 Mipit
6 Skylark
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.

Ogden

This afternoon;
4 f Goosander
1 Little Grebe
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Treecreeper
c12 L T Tits etc..
c12 Goldcrest
1 Collared Dove
2 Red Grouse over by the 'Giants Tooth'

Local Area


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oats Royd

Sparrowhawk being mobbed by two crows in the severe wind over Royd Hill performed some audacious, spectacular moves - those crows had serious intent. The Hawk appeared twice more during my visit. Also:

2 Kestrel
Jay
Little Owl
3 Moorhen
Mallard
Kingfisher
Stonechat

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.

Shibden valley

7 Redwings incl one over>W
4 Jays
2 Bullfinches
6 LT Tits
2 Goldcrests
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).

From Denise Shields

Hi Nigel,
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.

Addendum - Denise the pictures of the Rooks are superb but I am busy busy so will post them when I can. Thanks - Nigel

Vismig Tail End














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.

Flooded Ogden

A Christmas Card Robin
One of two f. Goosander
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.
BS
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Birdbrain: Web Site Updates

Birdbrain: Web Site Progression

This blog can now be accessed from the Website 'Birds' page:
https://sites.google.com/site/wildqueensbury/birds

Other updates have been carried out also and your visits to test the goods are appreciated.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Ogden

3 f Goosanders still there today

Woodpig Day

24/10/2008
Casual observations to and at work.
Early a.m.
Good move of Woodpigs between first light and 0845hrs when all went quiet.
Flocks all S and SE
100
150
30
40
25
16
Total = 361
4 Mipits >S
18 Redwing >W
3 Fieldfare >W
BS



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)
3 Kes
4 Jays
5 LT Tits
1 Grey Heron
4 Moorhen on fields then panic to get into cover towards observer.
1 Kingfisher
2 Chaffinch
5 Greenfinches
1 Comm Gull
3 BH Gulls
5 M Thrush
Just a few of the commoner resident species.

1 Common Toad
Shibden

Bullfinches heard
1 Jay
1 Kes
1 male S Hawk gave great views perched and in flight.
3 Small flocks of Redwings- 15 birds in total.
1 P Wag

Black Boy farm area.

1 Mipit
1 Stonechat

Shibden Head

2 Kestrel
2 Jay
2 Mistle Thrush
Treecreeper

Blustery Soil Hill

They may not make a Summer but by crackey they sure make a windy Autumn day. Swallow at head height 1140 hrs being drivin by W gust giving close views. Other birds were thin on the ground - 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Snipe, 6 Grey Partridge, Goldfinch.

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


Redwing digiscoped from home this evening.

Web Site Progression

I have discovered that Google, which supports this blog also supports the means for me to progress with the new site. Two files have been moved across; one of them Chapel Lane is still available on the LH side under Articles. Time permitting, I would appreciate you clicking on the link and testing it.

Feel free to look at the site and give it a kicking, you won't break 'owt - I've already done it.

Wild Queensbury

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bird of the Year Awards

Well, here they are, just waiting for the engraved plates on. The queensbury birders bird of the year award and runners up.
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 :-
Firecrest
Dotterel ( the finder of this bird has been disqualified for fetching the bird in his bag from Pendle Hill)
Black Redstart
Wood Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Long Eared Owl
Pied Flycatcher
Ruff
Crossbill
Little Ringed Plover
Nuthatch
Sedge Warbler
Hobby
Osprey
To mention just a few.
Theres still chance of a goody mixed in which migration or a nice winter bird either,
Good Birding
BS.
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Ogden

This afternoon
3 f Goosander
1 Green Woodpecker
8 Goldcrests
c10 L T Tits
Everything else keeping down out of the wind. It must have been lovely up Soil Hill !

Shelf Moor



110 Lapwing at Corporal Lane along with approx 25 Starling. 12 Goldfinch nearby and 3 Long-tailed Tit by Queensbury Golf Club - otherwise very quiet.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Griffon Vulture ?

Re Nigels comment.
Heres the photo cropped, if its not a Griffon Vulture, which are common at Ogden ,then I think its a Corvid
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Sunrise at Queensbury on Friday morning. If only all our days started like this up here! = )

Soil Hill

A good expanse of plantation around Ogden, from Soil Hill

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.

2 Skylark
3 Meadow Pipit
1 Snipe
1 Stonechat
2 Fieldfare in field east of enterance track
2 Red eyes and 1 blinding headache in that wind
BS
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Oats Royd

This Afternoon

Kingfisher
Grey Heron
Jay
3 Kestrel
3 Moorhen

Posting via Email with images

Testing if images can be included in Emails to blog and posted
successfully.
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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.

Ned Hill via Email from DS

Sunday

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:

5 Crows
2 Magpies,
1 Mistle Thrush
3 Feral Pigeons
1 Kestrel
1 Grey Heron
1 Meadow Pipit
9 Jackdaws
2 Common Gulls

I heard, Mallard,Robin,Pheasant,Greenfinch,Chaffinch.
I checked out the Lapwings again, this morning, and counted 99.
Denise Shields

Greater Shoveller

(Excavator Hyundai)

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!

A Contrast to Yesterday

Fog hanging in the valley, Ogden
Soil Hill in the Clouds, CK is up there somewhere!

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.

BACK LANE.
4 Meadow Pipit >S
6 Chaffinch >S
28 Redwing >NW
8 Fieldfare >W
3 Siskin in lower plantation.
BS
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

The're Back!


A most welcome Email from Denise Sheilds:

Hi Nigel,

Lapwings, in the fields next to Corporal Lane, in late afternoon rain. I counted 114.

Denise

THRUSH INVASION

18/10/2008 0715-0930hrs
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
FIELDFARE..................120
BS
17 Fieldfares over the house c. 10.30 am today >E.

Do Pinkfeet migrate by night? Several minutes of yapping over the house last week at 1.30 am.

Redwings - Thousands of them!

Ogden was my birding choice this morning. I knew there were going to be plenty of Redwings as I could hear loads of them going overhead in the dark as I left home. Arrived at Ogden at 7.30am and immediately started seeing flocks of Redwing typically in groups of 50 to 200 or more. This stream of birds continued on to about 8.30am when it tailed off to nearly nothing until about 9.30am when groups of up to 100 or so started up again. Eventually left Ogden at 10.00am. Total Redwing count was 2360 but I will have missed many birds as I was in amongst the trees alot. There were plenty of Fieldfare about too. Some mixed in with the Redwings and others in single species groups up to 30 birds. Total Fieldfare count was 410. Other birds of note at Ogden were 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 F Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Jay and a possible Snow Bunting heard overhead at 9.55am (DCB had a Snow Bunting at TMR earlier too).
 
Chris K
 

Friday, October 17, 2008

Foxhill Today

17/10/2008 Midday Foxhill Park

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.
BS

Nigel, The e mail address you used was correct.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Soil Hill & Ogden

A fresh W wind was blowing at 1140 so I just did the top field of SH then wandered down to Ogden. Birds present were 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Snipe and a pair of Stonechat. A Peregrine floated over the Bradshaw side of the hill toward Ogden then veered SW toward Mixenden. This is most welcome as I think it is only my second of the year without checking.

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

Ogden






2 Little Grebes and 2 f Goosanders still there this afternoon (once the gloom lifted!)
1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker
21 Robins
14 Goldcrests

'Giants Tooth'
1 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ogden

1 Peregrine came over Soil Hill at 2.40 pm and headed over Ogden then down towards Mixenden (Jenspot Bri!)
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!

Tawny Owl at Last

13/10/2008
Driving past Stump Cross tonight my first Tawny of the year flew from Shibden Park over the road towards Shibden and into our area.
6 Redwings were in Foxhill Park at mid day.
BS

Value of Birdtrack

I've mentioned the value of entering local records into the online database Birdtrack and now they have given something back. If you copy and paste this link into your Web Browser, you have the facility to look at records either by Post Code or Grid Ref.

http://blx1.bto.org/birdtrack/grid-refs/grid-species-by-location.jsp

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.

Large Raptor - Unidentified

A couple of hundred yards down Back Lane at Ogden yesterday (12th) a Buzzard sized bird passed over heading SWish at around 2 p.m. Wings looked slightly more slender than a Common Buzzard and were markedly back-curved from the body to the 'wrist'. Couldn't make out colours or markings due to distance and sun position, any ideas anybody?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Soil Hill

Soil Hill Stonechat.

12/10/2008 1530-1630hrs Sunny SSW>4

1 Wheatear
4 Meadow Pipits
2 Skylark
1m Stonechat
2 Kestrel
no sign of SEO.
BS
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Queensbury to SH

Pr Pied Wagtail in Old Guy Rd along with around 30 Meadow Pipit & Little Owl. A further 7 Pied Wags were between Mountain and Raggalds.

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!

More foggy oggie


12/10/2008 Calm Dense fog on arrival, thick as pea and ham soup on departure.
Lifted slightly long enough to get Daves 2 Little Grebe in NW corner.
6 Goldcrest
1pr Bullfinch
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.
BS
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Circular - mostly Kestrels, but...

This afternoon

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.

Fantasy Bird List

Right you 'orrible lot, for some time now, in order to burn off the twisted manifestations of my rancid imagination, I have been thinking of a list of fantasy birds. Bar Stool Godwit (cheers!) and Blog Redstart are examples, as is that old chestnut Guttersnipe. Action has been inspired by the literal names that cropped up in the comments of the Autumn Quiz results; so post any names as comments here or Email them to me and I will publish a list. This is viewable now by following the instructions on the LH header of this 'ere blog.

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

Shibden Valley

This evening 5.30 - 6.30.

1 Kestrel
1 Green Woodpecker
3 Jay
2 Goldcrest

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Autumn Quiz

I,ll put you out of your misery now by giving you the answers.
I,ll put them on a comment on this entry and then if you dont want to know yet you dont have to see them.
Isn,t this exciting.
BS

Ogden

Mistle thrush at Ogden

2 Little Grebes this afternoon
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Grey Wagtail
15 L T Tits

A Fair Wind

Fresh wind from SW generally: surprisingly bought dividends until it switched to S when things dropped off dramatically.

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

Oats Royd

Tawny Owl, Little Owl, 3 Kestrel, Moorhen, Dunnock

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Shelf Moor / Old bacon factory

07/10/2008 1800hrs
9 Redwing in Hawthorns,
3 Mistle Thrush
4 Blackbirds
1 Little Owl.
BS

Quiet Oats Royd

Well, I didn't get wet this time in the mild S wind, but not many birds either:

2 Blackbird, Jay, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, Corvids, 8 Long-tailed Tit.

Ogden

Ogden (golf course) and Soil Hill from Hunter Hill (last week) !

Today
5 Redwings >SW late morning through Ogden Clough. It's good to get them after spending some late evenings at home out listening for them going over, without success - yet!
16+ Robins and 13+ Goldcrests

Monday, October 06, 2008

Newsletter Puzzler

I just got round to a casual look at Brians newsletter; needless to say it's another good 'un. Can I ask you to extend the timescale on the Autumn Quiz please Brian? I reckon I need another 8/9 days before I even get upto three answers; cryptic clues are not my forte.

Well done and thanks for your effort.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Shibden ValleySwalesmoor

Shibden Valley (upper)
Still at least 12 Swallows this afternoon around Scout Hall and the nearby farm.
2 Sparrowhawks and at least 3 Kestrels

Swalesmoor
18 Linnets around the Shorelark area!

Oats Royd

Curlew >NE, 3 Jay, Little Owl.

Soil Hill delivers again.

At 1105 hrs I was stood by the red container near the ponds with KM, indulging in a general moan about how crap it was and can be, when Keith threw in the safety catch of "Yet something can always turn up". An adult Hobby immediately flew by us, circled the hill twice, before smartly heading off due South!

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.

Ogden/Back Lane.


OGDEN GOLDCRESTS

OGDEN RAPIDS

05/10/2008 Misty wet start improving. Calm.
Ogden
8 Canadas + Barnacle
8 Goldcrest
4 Robins
7 BH Gulls
No Grebe

Back Lane
4 Redwing
1 Merlin
5 Goldcrest

VIS MIG
68 Meadow Pipit >S
2 Redpoll >S
9 Siskin >S
2 Snipe >W
4 Mistle Thrush >W

Syke Lane
7 Pied Wagtails in field by stables.
BS
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