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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

YE OLD GIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just to wish our gallant leader a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow,( no its not an April Fools joke).
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.

CHEERS, Bri.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Pere. for Chapel Lane

30/03/2009 1715hrs
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.
BS

Ogden Res - Sorry!


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.

Queensbury & SH

The mist made counting difficult around 0900 hrs this morning, but it was obvious that Meadow Pipit were on the move. I did count 44+ going N upto Soil Hill, but then conditions became optimal for treble counts as birds were meandering all over on a broad front. Birds present on the hill were similar to those recently reported with the addition of 3 GBBG & 2 LBBG flyovers.

Meanwhile, back in Qby:

10 Meadow Pipit >N, Grey Wagtail; Curlew >SW over Mountain.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thornton

Walk on Alderscholes lane to Thornton
2 Mistle Thrush,
5 Greenfinch
Green Woodpecker
GS Woodpecker drumming on metal plate on telegraph pole
18 Common Gull
Pr Grey Wagtail in Pinch Beck

Went up soil hill but no extra specices to those seen by Nigel's visit today

Walk in the Sun

The movement enjoyed by BS had petered out by the time I got going, but there was some tail end stuff with Meadow Pipits.

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.

OGDEN/ BACK LANE


29/03/2009 0730-0945hrs W>3 Frosty, ice on water.

OGDEN
1pr Goldeneye
+ usual sp.

BACK LANE
1 singing Song Thrush
4 Curlew
3 Goldcrest
1 CORMORANT >NW
2 REDSHANK >E
1 OYSTERCATCHER >W
2 SAND MARTIN >N
6 HOUSE MARTIN over plantation then drifting >N
BS
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

He's Back

Reed Bunting was feeding in the lane outside home again today, mingling with the finches. Apologies for poor image quality - click to enlarge.




Early Breeder Bradford

This is within BOG area but I feel of interest to all local birders. This morning at 1015 hrs in Centenary Square, outside the Town Hall I saw an adult Blackbird feeding a fully fledged youngster about 2 metres away from passing people. The youngster was very advanced and it's behaviour and actions indicated flight is probably a day or so away. At this time of year I would have banked that you would be hard pushed to find a nest with eggs, let alone such a degree of positive breeding evidence.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Windy Hill

Deciding that tomorrow, Saturday is going to be especially atrocious, I had a sortie up Soil Hill this lunchtime:

7 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, pr Mallard, 5 Lapwing, Kestrel, c 220 Starling, 2 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, pr Stonechat.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ogden

This morning
1 pair Goldeneye
1 Kingfisher flew up Skirden Clough
1 Barnacle Goose and 4 Canadas
1 Treecreeper
6+ Siskin on the lodge feeder

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

West Scholes

















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...

The Hill & Beyond

Soil Hill - 10 Meadow Pipit, 11 Skylark, 6 Lapwing, LRP, 2 Curlew, 2 Grey Heron, Kestrel, circa 10 Fieldfare with 20+ Starling. Also Stonechat & 2 f Wheatear seen by KM.

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

ChiffChaff in Thornton

Chiffchaff seen today in Pinch Beck area of Alderscholes lane near Thornton viaduct. Wasn’t calling but good enough views to confirm. Earliest record I’ve ever had Chiffchaff in Thornton, usuallly at least a week later than this

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Soil Hill


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

1pr Stonechat
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.
BS
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Soil Hill Development News

A local resident, heavily involved in the planned Ski Slope development dispute collared me this morning and brightened up my birdless session. The landowners have officially withdrawn their planning application for the much touted slope. Apparently it had gone beyond local level upto national government stage, when the sudden change of heart came about.

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.

Ogden improved

I got to Ogden Back Lane at 0850hrs and to echo Brian's post - it was poor so I walked around the reservoir. Within a 15 minute period starting at 0934hrs there was a marked improvement:

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.

Ogden


22/03/2009 .0745-0930hrs icy cold NNW>5

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.
BS
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LRP Soil Hill

Went up again this morning and found the LRP on the top field by one of the small pools. Also
Wheatear my first of the year.
Other species
10 Meadow Pipit,
lost count of the number of Skylark,
pr Grey Partridge,
3 Lapwing
2 Curlew
Pied Wagtail
pr Mallard

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Birdbrain welcomes Phil Briggs

We've got ourselves a new blogger in the shape of the birder who reported this mornings LRP - Phil Briggs. Phil covers the Thornton area, a much under reported sector in the north of our vast birding empire. Welcome to the gang my friend, where birding stories never end!

Siskin

Siskin returned with his girlfriend

LRP

Hi Nigel

 

My name is Phil Briggs, I once met you on soil hill over a year ago, I was one of the Thornton birders, the other my dad, who almost stood on the snow bunting, I think it was November time.

 

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.

 

Phil.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Swales.


Still quiet. Managed a Wheatear.

8 Mipits
1 Skylark
5 Linnets

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Soil Hill Again


Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, pr Mallard, 2 Curlew, pr Grey Partridge, Kestrel, pr Blackbird, pr Stonechat, Wheatear.

Ogden Again




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.

Ogden




31 Whooper Swans at Ogden this morning till at least 07.45(following a report of Whoopers over Illingworth last evening at 7.30 pm - well done Ady
3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming (plus a possible LSW drumming but could not confirm)
1 Green Woodpecker (Back lane)
3 Goldeneye (1 male) and 1 Moorhen
c20 Siskin over plus small movement of Mipits




Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Siskins

There was a pair of siskins on the garden feeders this lunch time.First time I have seen any here in 17 years. But no sign of any reed buntings or white wagtails.Must look harder.
I also seam to have lost my house sparrows , has anyone else noticed a decline?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

White Wagtail Ogden

Spanking crisp plumaged male White Wagtail at Ogden by duck feeding station at 10:10 hrs; last seen at approx 1100 when it flew toward moorland edge. In nearby field were pr Pied Wagtail enabling comparison, not that it was needed. Interestingly, Bird Watching magazine mention that the relevant authorities are considering splitting into a distinct species.

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

Feeder Fun

A couple of (very) poor quality shots of visitors to my garden in the last few days.


Siskin munching nyjer seed


These Woodpiggies may look cosy but had just been engaged in a head-butting contest

Swales

This evening.

8 Mipits
1 Skylark
Min.20 Magpies
Min. 110 Crows
1 L Owl
1 P Wag

Sunny and Quiet


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

Swales.

I'm reluctant to post this modest report given the exotica reported recently!

6 Skylarks
circa 15 Mipits
1 P Wag
1 C Gull > S
3 immature Herring Gulls >S
Distant raptor being mobbed was probably a Sparrowhawk.
1 B Tit over.
2 Goldfinches
1 Kes

Shibden Head

I too had a look for the Nuthatch near the pumping station but without sucess. However, I did manage the usual species plus: - 2 Woodcock (up from the PS), 40 Redwing, Grey Wagtail (at Cross Becks), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay and a forlorn BS also looking for the Nuthatch. Also saw a Roe Dee with with a wicked set of sharp new horns.

Home Treats

Siskin on my garden feeders this morning, a lifetime first for me so was thrilled to see one filling its face with sunflower hearts and nyjer seed, a little stunner so it was. Later on a male Reed Bunting was on the deck in the lane feeding on nuts/seeds that I'd scattered around. Fabtastic.

Shelf Moor to Shibden Head

SM (not an abbreviation for sado-masochism) 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, BHG, Common Gull, 6 LBGG W. Two of these were adult; other 4 appeared to be 2nd year jobs. Adult GBBG trailing them W.

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.

Out and About

15/03/2009 0730-1015hrs Sunny cool NNW> 4

Perseverance Road
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Linnet

Ogden
1pr Goldeneye
1 Green Wdpecker
4 Coal Tit
+ usual sp

Back Lane
2 Curlew
2 Snipe
2 Red Grouse
43 Meadow Pipit >N
72 Woodpigs in field
6 Lapwing >N
15 LBB Gull >NW
25 Redwing >E
8 Fieldfare >E
1 Sparrowhawk
5 Linnet
3 Stock Dove
12 Golden Plover >W
18 Skylark
1 RAVEN >W mobbed by corvids
1 Roe Deer

Shibden Head
2 Mallard over
1 Goldfinch
1pr Bullfinch
1 Green Wdpecker
1 Chris King
No chuffing Nuthatch
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

A lap of Ogden

Ogden this morning was quiet (except for chaffinches) but did manage Kingfisher (female I think as it has an orange base to the lower bill), a male Goldeneye was displaying to a female and the lone Great Crested Grebe was passing time chasing BHGs. Other birds included 2 Siskin, 1 Curlew (O/H) and a Jay. Was briefly fooled by a plastic cup rattling along the ground making a noise like a drumming LSW.

Shibden Head

Started off nicely at the pumping station area when a Mistle Thrush flew in carrying a load of moss and appeared to be engrossed in nest-building activities in quite a visible spot. I was briefly distracted by a Great-spotted Woodpecker and then a Nuthatch which was again giving superb close views, still wondering if there is a pair of them down there, overall there was a lot of activity.

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.

Soil Hill

14/03/2009 1500-1600hrs Strong W>6. Drizzle

2 Grey Partridge
3 pr Lapwing
9 Skylark
1 PEREGRINE giving crippling views as it few close to the ground across the hill then off >W
No sign of Wheatear.
BS

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Thrashed Wheatear Record

Wheatear on Soil Hill at 1055hrs this morning - broke my personal record for earliest bird by 7 days! Also 1 Meadow Pipit, 22 Skylark, 7 Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover, pr Grey Partridge, 2 Stonechat.


These treeplanters were working on the bottom slope by the LH pond.

4 Skylark and 17 Common Gull were at Old Guy Rd

Early Start Ogden

Ogden Back Lane 0810hrs:

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

Website Contribution

Andy Cockroft submitted an article for the now defunct Newsletter which was too interesting to ignore so I have published it on the Website (See top LH corner of this blog). The document can be viewed directly by visiting:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dg3tm7m8_48dpgdc2wq&hl=en_GB


Any more for any more? Just contact me if you want 'owt publishing.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ogden & The Hill again

Ogden Back Lane & Res 0905hrs. 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, pr Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 Curlew over SW. Snipe calling and drumming briefly. A distant flock of Starling appeared to number approx 250 birds. 16 Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, GC Grebe, pr Goldeneye and usual (noisy) species. No sign drake Goosander.

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

Birdtrack Feedback

Dear BirdTrack-er

As the January update was so late, we thought we’d keep this February update
very brief!

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

Ogden & The Hill

Bumped into B Wardman on the way down to Ogden who told me she had seen the GC Grebe chewing on a frog earlier. The bird was still there when I arrived, along with the Goosander and the female Goldeneye. I still haven't worked out what the object in the Goldeneye's beak is - doesn't look like a fish anyway.
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

Ogden

1 f Goldeneye today along with 1 drake Goosander and 1 G C Grebe
Siskins on the lodge feeder along with a Song Thrush on the bird table and Bullfinch nearby

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Oats Royd

2 Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
Bullfinch
Long-tailed Tit

Someone has done a tremendous job of removing all of the waste that was dumped near the radio mast.

Shibden Head

Nuthatch at pumping station area once again.
6+ Long-tailed Tit
Green Woodpecker
Kestrel

Soil Hill at its Worst

08/03/2009 W > gale force 8. Heavy snow blizzards.
Despite atrocious weather it was well worth the battering just
to experience hardy birds at that altitude and in those conditions.

11 Skylark
2 Meadow Pipit
1pr Stonechat
1 Heron
3 Grounded LBB Gulls by scrapes.
4 Curlew >W

No early Wheatears yet though they are being reported in N. Yorkshire.
BS

Fowl Day at Ogden



08/03/2009 0800-0945hrs Early snow showers ,icy cold WNW>6
Very little passerines due to cold wind but the water was working well.

2m 1f Goldeneye
1m Goosander
1 Gt Crested Grebe
+ usual sp.
BS
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Swales Moor etc

4 Skylarks there yesterday on the top along with 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 ad L B B Gull and 94 Carrion Crows.

1 dead Tawny Owl in a mangled state down Windy Bank, looked like it had been hit by a car!

Rookery survey;
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

Finally a Snipe

Soil Hill 1120 - 1230hrs. Snipe flushed from smallest pool on top field; about time too.
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

Pere.

One seen passing low over home (circa 8.45 a.m.) on much the same path as other occasions. Headed towards Swales direction.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Shelf Moor & Shibden

Definitely a contrast between this afternoon and this morning; Spring like atmosphere with lots of singing birds. Unfortunately, our Froggy friends got wooed by the warmer temperatures of a few days back and deposited bucketfuls of spawn in the valley. Overnight frost has turned a considerable amount of it white and killed the embryos off - ain't Mother Nature a bitch at times.

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

Swales (very brief visit)

1 Mipit
1 Goldfinch
1 Stonechat

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Ogden

1 G C Grebe there in full breeding plumage
1 drake Goldeneye and 1 Barnacle Goose
2 Grey Partridge near the golf course

Monday, March 02, 2009

Mystery bird

Actually its a female Goldeneye taking a dive at Ogden
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

What habitat conservation looks like

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SOIL HILL 1415 -1500hrs Strong W>6 Sunshine and showers
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.
BS
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Lift Off

1130 - 1310 hrs 'pon Soil Hill:

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.

Ogden

1 Pr TUFTED
F. GOLENEYE

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.

1pr Tufted
1pr Goldeneye
2 singing Song Thrush
1 Drumming Gt Spotted Wdpeck
1 Green Wdpeck
1 Barnacle
8 Canadas
12 Common Gull
24 BH Gull
all usual sp.
BS
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