Friday, February 27, 2009
Birds: 1 Lapwing showing territorial behaviour despite the presence of the digger. 11 Skylark, Grey Heron, pr Grey Partridge, 3 Common Gull, Fieldfare, Greenfinch and one that 'got away'. For peace of mind I have decided not to speculate. What is certain though - still No Snipe!
Usual Gulls at Raggalds and Pied Wagtail at Mountain on way home.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Shelf Moor - 42 Lapwing at High Cross Lane.
Shibden Head - 20 Stock Dove, which is the highest count I think I have ever had. GSW, Song Thrush singing and the usual suspects.
Oats Royd was terrible but a crumb was thrown in the form of 2 Moorhen, giving me another annual tick. The alleged Deer Cull hasn't been too Draconian - 4 Roe Deer present.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Queensbury - 3 Skylark at Old Guy Road, including one singer. Meadow Pipit at Mountain. 13 Common and 3 BHG at Raggalds.
Soil Hill - 15 Skylark (about 6 singing). Grey Heron, pr Mallard, 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Greenfinch. Finally got another annual tick with adult LBBG over S. Once again no Snipe, however I met a BOG birder who assures me he has had 2 birds up there this year.
The landowner has recommenced work on the top field, making noteable inroads in the NE corner.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
3 Skylarks, one in song flight.
1 P Wag
8 C Gulls >N
2 Green Peckers
1 Great Spot
6 LT Tits
6 Gt Tits
c. 12 B Tits
1 Grey Heron
Pair of Stock Doves
2 Herring Gulls>S
1 Song Thrush singing beautifully.
Still cold on the tops with the wind but lovely and spring-like in the valley.
22/02/2009 0800-0945hrs NW>5 Drizzle
A bit spring like with plenty bird song and sev BH Gulls with hoods but a disappointing morning.
Several Tit flocks, LT, GT and Blue, no Goldcrests
56 BH gull
12 Common gull
+ usual sp.
6 Golden Plover >E towards Soil Hill
4 Pied Wagtails in horse field
Friday, February 20, 2009
A quick sortie on Soil Hill - 5 Skylark.
Ogden Res - Usual cacaphony of Gulls. Same Canada and Barnacle crowd. Several Goldfinch flying around, Tawny Owl called. No woodpeckers at all. Only real activity provided by Tits on the feeders.
Oats Royd - GSW, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Kestrel, Bullfinch.
My PC is on the way out and the chances of me suddenly disappearing offline for a few days are pretty high.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The driver of this digger managed to walk away without injury at the bottom of Soil Hill fortunately.
2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3 Grey Partridge, Kestrel, pr Mallard, 3 Woodpigeon, pr Mistle Thrush were the birds seen this afternoon.
2 Redwings on deck then >S
2 Skylarks heard
1 Green Pecker on approach
2 F Reed Bunts (1 pictured above).
1 P Wag on deck
1 Cock Phes
A marked contrast from recent visits in the snow cover.
1 Coal Tit
Several of: Chaff, Goldfinch, B Tit, G Tit.
1 Dunnock singing voraciously
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Soil Hill, in a fairly strong NW wind. 3 Meadow Pipit, 19 Skylark (10 being forced SE) 3 Golden Plover, 7 Lapwing, pr Grey Partridge, 3 Common Gull. Still no Snipe.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
To say it was quiet would be an understatement, the entire hill was void of birds with just
7 LBB Gulls over >W.
The first time I have ever known there to be no Snipe in a Jan/Feb.
By this time there are usually singing Skylarks up there and plenty Mipits.
Never mind,a couple of weeks and we,ll be looking out for the first Wheatear.
If Id have been up another 30 mins Id have got PF Geese going over IGs house >W but instead I was back home when he called me. Roll on next Sunday.
2 Grey Heron
just as I was leaving a raptor glided into view, it's heftiness instantly ruling out Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, sure enough the bins revealed it to be a Peregrine heading NW. I sprinted back around the path to track it some more but could not pick it up again. No Little Owl visible again this visit.
Few blurry images of gulls out on the ice in the fog.
No Oyk that I could see, no geese.
Just missed it all by one day.
If it was,nt for bad luck I,d have no luck at all.
Spoke to DCB who informs me that LSWs do move around quite a bit at this time of year.
Also he has put a link to us on his vis mig site. Thanks for that Dave.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
It started off with 90-100 Pink Footed Goose flying up Brighouse Road, Queensbury behind me then over Brian's garage heading NW at 1020 hrs. Then BS hit me with text messages for the next 30 minutes. 200 PFG out of area Fly Flatts to Oxenhope; 2 skeins totalling circa 225 PFG Northowram (AC) culminating in 200+ PFG heading W, which I saw from Old Guy Rd.
On arrival at Ogden Res I immediately saw a welcome tick both for the location and year - Oystercatcher on Ice! A Green Woodpecker was calling near the visitor centre and the tame Barnacle Goose has returned. There were several calling Chaffinch and Greenfinch througout, but generally it was quiet, until...
I stopped for a snack in the picnic area where I have photographed birds that use the feeding post where the wooden tables are. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker flew directly over my head, low down, giving very good views, as it headed SE. It may well have dropped into the trees where the centre toilets are, rather than travelling on. Definitely worth checking Sunday morning, given the weather and the availablity of food.
Returning back to Camp Ylobacter via Oats Royd, I managed Little Owl, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and Kestrel carrying prey.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Beechwood Park (Holmfield ex army camp site) 2 Snipe flushed by dogs and 1 Grey Heron there this afternoon.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
7 Sparrowhawk sightings (the wind was perfect for them) min 4 individuals. All came over from Shibden valley area, 2 separate females went really high on the westerly updraft and headed off >W as far as the bins could see. A male drifted >S along the ridge towards the ski-slope. Another female type went high and plummeted down into the valley towards Holmfield and another in the distance over Oats Royd and one over towards Queensbury and again over Shibden valley. Fantastic plumage details seen and encouraging to see some aerial activity and decent weather conditions for raptors
1 Little Owl calling near the ski-slope and 1 Kestrel over Shibden Valley
No Skylarks or mipits - a lot of snow up there!
Monday, February 09, 2009
If anyone is interested I have done a bird report on the travelling birder website.Be gentle as its my first go at this sort of thing and its taken me all afternoon. http://www.travellingbirder.com/tripreports/view_birding_tripreport.php?id=470
148 Mallard but no sign of the Teal or Moorhen today
Shibden Head: Blue, Great, Coal, LT Tits, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Robin - in small numbers. Drumming GSW, calling Green Woodpecker, pr Mistle Thrush, 4 Woodpigeon.
Oats Royd: 8 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, Jay, Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk.
Conspicuous in absentia Fieldfare, Redwing, Gulls!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
SHIBDEN HEAD/HANGING ROYD
was hoping for Dipper, Nuthatch and Treecreeper but dipped on these, distant Roe Deer was looking good though.
pr Pied Wagtail
Deadly walking with drifts waist deep in places.
Very quiet as expected but lots of interesting tracks of Rabbit, Fox, Weasel and Deer.
Lots of bird tracks around the weeds holding seed, probably Grey Partridge, as suggested by NK who was at home
getting over his visit from Sam n Ella.
Only birds present were Corvids feeding on the hay pile put out on the Shay for the horses.
Hoped to sneak over the 60 species mark this weekend but Soil Hill let me down.
If anyone gets the Ring Billed Gull at Ogden they,ll be walking away with this years trophy !.
OGDEN 08/02/2009 0800-1000hrs
Even though the reservoir was mostly frozen it was the busiest I,ve seen it with ducks constantly in the air and by the unfrozen water.
95 BH Gull
9 Common Gull
1pr Teal NW corner
1 Moorhen NW corner
1 Gt Spotted Wdpecker
1 Green Wdpecker
1 m Bullfinch on lodge house feeder
Sev Blue,Coal and Gt Tits
1 cock Pheasant
2 Mistle Thrush
Just out of the area :- Report from YNU through B.O.G. of 1 Ring Billed Gull at Allerton SE 1233 . Seen recently + 3 sightings in Dec.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Any early Warblers yet? (Guess I'm still not right).
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Been reported to me that the horse field at the corner of Syke Lane, Ogden has been noted to have been holding good numbers of Wagtails recently.These were mainly Pied but a few Grey were also seen along with Meadow Pipits. This was just before the snow but its worth a look if you,re Ogden bound.
Please note the field is strictly private and must be viewed from the road.
You may notice an absence of reports from Nigel over the next few days whilst he is horizontal with a touch of the dreaded lurgies but Im sure he,ll soon be back giving it some stick. Get well soon Nigel.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Our planners are currently negotiating with Mr Greenwood. I'm still pushing for the retention of habitat to the left of the track. I'll contact you again when I know anything more definite.
From: Nigel Kerwin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 02 February 2009 11:53
To: Hugh Firman
Subject: Soil Hill
Notwithstanding the bad weather presently, there has been no further work done on the field we met at on Soil Hill last month.
At your leisure, could you let me know contract dates between Warren Greenwood and your Council planning department please?
Sunday, February 01, 2009
01/02/2009 1400-1500hrs Icy cold E>5 Fine snow blizzard.
Very near to beating Nigels previous report of two birds on Soil Hill until my attempt was spoilt
with 1 Carrion Crow and 3 Woodpigs which I had to scan over Back Lane for, oh and one Weasel.
If this is a sign of February roll on March.
A quiet morning , especially around Ogden.
1 m Goldeneye
1 Gt Spotted Wdpecker
Few Gt, Coal and Blue Tits
52 BH Gull
1 Common Gull
Low count of Mallard.
1 Green Wdpecker
Whinney Royd Lane
1 Gt Spotted Wdpecker