Tuesday, March 31, 2009
All the very best for your birthday Nigel and I,m not going to tell anyone how old you are but now that you qualify for a bus pass its a shame there is no bus service to Soil Hill!
I hope the birds are kind to you in your twilight years, All the best and good birding.
The group were going to throw a suprise party for you but unfortunately there was a mention of OSPREY so everyone,s out looking instead.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Walking up Chapel Lane at tea time the birds in the graveyard were making a real distressed noise as a Peregrine flew over my head about roof top height ignoring the birds below it. It flew up the road then veered off towards Thornton.
Apologies to those who responded to the message that a possible Shag was on the water; my excitement diminished somewhat as soon as visibility allowed photographs. All was not lost on a personal note, as this Cormorant is another annual for me.
3 Common Gull frequently mobbed this bird, but it just ignored them. Also on the water was a male Goldeneye and for the first time ever I saw the feral Barnacle Goose in flight with 3 Canada.
The Res surrounds and Back Lane produced: 32 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 6 Curlew, 1 GBBG >S, 2 LBBG >S, pr Goosander, 20+ Woodpigs, Pheasant, c140 Starling, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, 5 Redwing and the usual finches etc.
Meanwhile, back in Qby:
10 Meadow Pipit >N, Grey Wagtail; Curlew >SW over Mountain.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Queensbury - 14 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Common Gull, Grey Heron.
Soil Hill - 23 Meadow Pipit, 11 Skylark, 6 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 2 Grey Partridge, Grey Heron, Reed Bunting, Stonechat.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Things dried up quickly after approx 1130 this am as I returned back to Queensbury. I did discover this Rookery however, at Yews Green Farm. There were 13 nests: 4 still under construction, the remainder well advanced or completed. Each one had a pair of birds present that didn't seem bothered about my attempts at photography.
Also 3 Meadow Pipit, calling Little Owl and Grey Wagtail. 35 Jackdaw headed NW over BS Garage roof at approx 1310 hrs.
Meanwhile if you're a lover of things furry...
Beyond (actually Deep Lane to Thornton Vduct) 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Lapwing, Curlew, Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, 4 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, 27 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
22/03/2009 1445-1545hrs Blasting gale NW>7
Despite Nigels warning about the conditions on SH I ventured up to top me up for work tomorrow
and glad I did.
Apart from the usual Skylarks and Mipits
2 f Wheatear, my first this year
1 OYSTERCATCHER , flushed from the small partly excavated pond below the new trees.
The bird then headed in the direction of Cold Edge Dams.
I will mail out further detail to the group and other individuals who have shown concern.
Meanwhile, although work on the top field has halted and the bulldozer now parked at the bottom on the hill, there has been a fence erected around the plantation reported two weeks ago.
2 Oystercatcher > N ; 6 Curlew N.
Pr Siskin, believed same birds as reported previous week but this time the male bird was engaged in full song display flight. To close the session I then encountered 9 Redpoll in the Alders by the big lodge house; this is another annual for me.
A poor morning with the cold wind keeping things down.
Ogden had the usual singing Chaffs, Tits, Robins and Dunnocks
as well as a pr of Goldeneye.
Back Lane was quiet with a few Woodpigs, 1 Pheasant, sev Greenfinch
and 3 Curlew.
No sky movement other than a few Mipits >N.
Checked Ned Hill end of Soil Hill for Wheatear but nowt as yet.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
My name is Phil Briggs, I once met you on soil hill over a year ago, I was one of the
Anyway I was up soil hill this morning, between 6.30 and 7.20 looking for wheatear, no sign if them, but there was a Little Ringed Plover. It was not on the top field, but down the right hand side of the hill. If you follow the track down by the wall on the night side, as the track turns off to the left it was on the rough grass area straight ahead. Thought you'd want to know, it was still in the same place when I left.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
A different, quieter story today with no movement on a pleasant sunny morning. Back Lane had 2 Pheasants, Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 3 Curlew, Mistle Thrush, circa 18 Woodpigeon and the usual singers and corvids.
The reservoir had lost it's troop of Whoopers by 0840 hrs when I arrived - tks for the text msg Brian.
Jay, Green Woodpecker (thank you) GSW, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, pr Pied Wagtail, pr Goldeneye with another female.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
LSW seen again in flight giving fair views as it headed toward bottom of Back Lane from the mature stand of trees below the Promenade. Also present 5 Goldcrest, 16 Goldfinch and usual woody species. F Goldeneye, LBBG, 6 Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 18 Woodpigs and another species. The latter is a candidate for suppression, to be revealed to local birders via Email or phone, so contact me if you're interested.
Although I arrived on location at 0910hrs there was no discernable vismig. It was busy, but localised.
Soil Hill - 4 Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, 14 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Stonechat. Earlier this morning there had been 5 Redwing and circa 80 Fieldfare N, plus Pied Wagtail
Monday, March 16, 2009
I could only find suburbia at Ford, with just 3 Meadow Pipit over the rooftops, so I gave up and went to Oats Royd.
Oats was very pleasant but finding birds was hard graft:
circa 22 Meadow Pipit flushed by Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, female Sparrowhawk, 5 Mallard.
This pr LTT gave me the runaround but it was worth it.
Just a few Chaffinch and Greenfinch were calling with no Goldcrest yet.
Even the landowner remarked how scarce birds seemed to be this Spring. He also said he had not got around to the Deer cull mentioned a few months back.
Again plent of spawning Frogs were seen.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
S Head - 13 Meadow Pipit, 40 Jackdaw, Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker and usual but not very busy. Nuthatch heard calling 3/4 minutes before Brian phoned to confirm sighting. I went down to Crossbecks and failed on the Dipper but not on the mud; it's like a swamp.
1 Green Wdpecker
4 Coal Tit
+ usual sp
2 Red Grouse
43 Meadow Pipit >N
72 Woodpigs in field
6 Lapwing >N
15 LBB Gull >NW
25 Redwing >E
8 Fieldfare >E
3 Stock Dove
12 Golden Plover >W
1 RAVEN >W mobbed by corvids
1 Roe Deer
2 Mallard over
1 Green Wdpecker
1 Chris King
No chuffing Nuthatch
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Headed down to cross-becks, just downstream from which a Dipper was looking great doing its stuff despite the din from 3 scrambler bikes. Below Hanging Royd were a pair of Long-tailed Tit and also a Treecreeper which looked quite stunning at very close range.
These treeplanters were working on the bottom slope by the LH pond.
4 Skylark and 17 Common Gull were at Old Guy Rd
Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Lapwing displaying. Song Thrush on wall. 25 Woodpiggies.
60 Starling N, 12 Fieldfare NW, 5 Redwing W, pr Goosander N, 4 Curlew circling, female Merlin N. 2 Herring Gull W, 2 LBBG (fuscus) SW. The trackside pond had over 60 spawning frogs (pic to be posted on website).
Reservoir - quietish, apart from Chris King! Also:
Barnacle Bill, 5 Canada, pr Goldeneye, GC Grebe, 10 Woodpig. Singing Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 2 GSW, Green Woodpecker, Siskin. Plenty of noise coming from the Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch, plus the tits, incl 2 LTT. Only a few usual Gull sp on the water.
I expected to see my first flying Elephant, such was the ferocity of the wind.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Any more for any more? Just contact me if you want 'owt publishing.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The wind was a blowin up on that Hill, but it was such a gracious wind:
Splendid male Merlin whizzed over at head height, presumably chasing one of the 12 Skylark present. It landed and took off again close by and appeared to have missed it's dinner. Also Meadow Pipit (what's happened to this species?) 14 Crow, pr Mallard, 6 Lapwing, pr Mistle Thrush, pr Stonechat. As well as a pr of Grey Partridge, was a trio of Red Legged Partridge.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
As the January update was so late, we thought we’d keep this February update
We’ve recently enhanced the ‘Species By Location’ feature, where you’ve been
able to look at a species list for your home postcode (or local patch). The new
development allows you to click on each species to find more detailed
information, including the earliest arrival dates and latest departure dates for
migrants. So with spring fast approaching, why not have a look at the dates to
beat? The list for your home 10km square is here:
Queensbury Area etc
This is published to show what information can be gathered by submitting records to Birdtrack. There are some Halifax & Bradford birders who do this and I know that Chris King, Dave Sutcliffe and myself also subscribe. If some juicy bird you have seen in our area is not here, it's cos it aint been recorded on their database. Now the disclaimer: I know you're probably not that interested or are restrained by other factors, but just in case you're teetering on the edge of consideration...
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The nonchalant Barnacle Goose is back again with a Canada or three. There was quite a lot of birdsong from the finches and tits and a GSW was heard drumming.
Once again the highlight of the trip was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, not as good views as on 14/02/09 but enough to be identified as a male as it flew into the same area as originally reported.
Soil Hill - Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 4 Grey Partridge, 6 Lapwing.
Old Guy Rd - 3 Skylark.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Despite atrocious weather it was well worth the battering just
to experience hardy birds at that altitude and in those conditions.
2 Meadow Pipit
3 Grounded LBB Gulls by scrapes.
4 Curlew >W
No early Wheatears yet though they are being reported in N. Yorkshire.
1 dead Tawny Owl in a mangled state down Windy Bank, looked like it had been hit by a car!
None at Bradshaw church
15 nest at Laurel Bank Close, Holmfield - 12 of them 'active'
If anyone finds any more in the area of upper Shibden Valley/Holmfield/Bradshaw etc please let me know as I can tie these in with the Calderdale wide survey of rookeries - thanks
Saturday, March 07, 2009
5 Lapwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 12 Skylark, 4 Grey Partridge, Grey Heron, 2 Fieldfare, Blackbird.
One of the residents in Perseverance Road contacted Halifax Council about the increase in lorries going up the hellish hill. The reply was that a 'Wildlife Park' is being created, scuse me while I indulge in a big belly laugh.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Shelf Moor - 9 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet (annual tick) immature large Gull sp over SW, Mistle Thrush singing.
Shibden - 40 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, 2 Green Woodpecker, GSW, Pheasant, Kestrel. A most pleasant observation was a total of 5 Song Thrush, 3 of which were singing - great to see this bird doing well again. The usual woodland birds were active, including 6 Chaffinch and 2 LTT and the White Carrion Crow put in an appearance flying SE.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
In contrast to Nigels visit I managed 1 Skylark and a few corvids.
The whole eastern side of the hill is now destroyed and a good part of the nw end of the Shay.
Birds are being pushed to the nw end of the area before they have to leave altogether. Some of the summit scrapes remain
but for how long?. Looking now very much like a lost cause.
Meadow Pipit, 17 Skylark, Lapwing, Grey Heron, pr Mallard, Moorhen, 4 Grey Partridge, Pheasant. Heading W - 1 adult Herring Gull, 1 adult GBBG, 7 LBBG (3 adult) 7 Common Gull (mixed age).
Also Mistle Thrush, 3 Stonechat, Reed Bunting.
A Pied Wagtail and Grey Heron were at Raggalds.
A fair day says I - 3 annual ticks out of it anyway.
Addendum: 02 March - I forgot to add Curlew heard briefly, which ties in with DB's Vismig Oxenhope report.
01/03/2009 0745-0945hrs Very still with cloudy sunshine
A very spring like morning with lots of bird song and pecker drumming.
Canadas paired up and very noise. Nice to see Tufted on the water
but the Gt Crested Grebe had gone.
2 singing Song Thrush
1 Drumming Gt Spotted Wdpeck
1 Green Wdpeck
12 Common Gull
24 BH Gull
all usual sp.