Friday, July 31, 2009
Several Swifts moving low and >SW at lunch time over Chapel Lane.
2 more sightings of the f. Sparrowhawk which is terrorising the local bird community
at the moment. This is a very large female with bright supercillium and nape and if it was seen
over a plantation we would be getting reports of Goshawk.
Have recorded your sighting from Raggalds flood of Y.L. Gull Nigel ( 30th ) as I believe your i.d. skills to be enough to go on and its the second sighting for that area, well spotted.
15 House Marts looked like movers
6 Swifts >S
6 Swallows and 4 juvs being fed
1 Pere over >S
35 Rooks together in field
A few gulls heading South. A few each of BH, Common and Herring.
Black Boy area
10 Swallows (locals)
10 Swifts >S
Several Swallows plus 4 juvs being fed
1 Green Peck
2 Stock Doves >S
15 Mistle Thrush (flock)
15 House Marts appeared very localised around several properties in the valley.
1 Grey Heron seen from home. Looking for water? Eventually gave up and headed East.
2 L Owl
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Soil Hill - 9 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, Kestrel, Grey Partridge, 3 Swallow, 5 Swift. A Moorhen seen with 2 recently hatched chicks on bottom RH pond. Whitethroat in nearby bush calling. Curlew still flying around making noises too.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
1 Crossbill (possibly more?) with a large flock of tits and Chaffinch/Greenfinch/Goldfinch, Treecreeper and Willow Warblers, all in the area below the Giants Tooth
1 f Goosander
3 Curlew over >NE
35 B H Gulls
2 Cormorants >N flew over towards Thornton Moor
Meadow Pipits still feeding young
8 LBBG's >NE
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Oats Royd - 2 LBBG, Kestrel carrying prey which I took to be a vole. 3 Willow Warbler, pr of very noisy Chiffchaff. Singing Lesser Whitethroat seen twice, flitting between the trees and bushes on bottom track.
Up by the allotments an unseen, therefore unknown, Warbler sp. was rasping and chuntering from an Elderberry bush.
26/07/2009 0739-0930hrs Bright start then heavy rain with SW>4.
Early movement before the rain came with :-
7 Swifts >S
11 Meadow Pipit >W very high
9 LBBs gulls >SW
11 CROSSBILL , from Back Lane plantation to Giants Tooth area.
1 Cormorant brought down in the heavy rain.
1 f Goosander on water
1 new Muscovy duck appeared.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
A success story today with a known Kestrel breeding site in the area raising 2 young.
These were up flying with the parent birds today.
Still a few blogging Swifts around but probably not for long now.
Nick Dawtreys report for Calderbirds is now available ,( see Calderbirds blogsite. )
This publication covers much of our area. Well done yet again Nick.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
52 Lapwing in Hawthorn tree field below old abattoir, using field regular now.
Several feeding Swallows
5 Swift >SW
2 Kestrels hovering side by side.
Partially back in action now due to renovated old computer of daughters. Still a lot of sorting to do yet with docs, photos and e mail address.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Ogden 1000 hrs fresh W Wind. Nothing spectacular but evidence of movement. 20+ BHG, Common Gull, 2 different year moult stage imm LBBG with adult LBBG overhead. Met CK who reports Common Sandpiper present. Approx 20 mins after leaving Chris, pr Oystercatcher flew in for 5 mins before departing E.
Several Swift & Swallow throughout area.
Soil Hill - pr Blackbird, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, Whitethroat. LBBG, Curlew, 5 Golden Plover.
Raggalds Flood - Common Gull, c9 BHG, 4 LBBG. Another Gull present looked like poss Yellow Legged. Pity they all flew within minute of my arrival, even so marked contrast with the other large gulls noted.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Still a few local Swifts around not sure how many as yet.
Is anyone else enjoying Springwatch with Chris Packham? First time I've ever watched the whole series. Not just because the man has fine taste in music. He's just not silly.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Birdbrain: Nuthin Doin
The landowner has been having major problems with quad bikes on that land, to the extent the bikers have attempted to knock the recently erected fencing down.
Although he stated he planted the trees/shrubs with a sympathetic slant to wildlife, he does not want anybody using his land to watch birds from. The logic is simple; he believes all comers will walk the land if one single person is seen to have permission.
I actually waded through the reedbeds from the side we are allowed to walk and although it's not a cakewalk, there are no ruts, snags or boggy bits, if you stick near to the wall/fence. The best bit was the Lapwings remained put on the scrape and did not take fright nor flight.
Usual Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting, c16 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, Grey Partridge, 2 Curlew, 7 Lapwing. The Whitethroat family were very active and one unexpected bird was juvenile Dunnock.
Monday, July 13, 2009
when the barren Sou'Westerly blows.
I'll wager not one mortal soul knows.
So wrote Algernon Snerge (1873-1947) in his famous tome Birding the Brecons by Bicycle*.
Fly Flatts: a few Meadow Pipit, Curlew, Golden Plover, pr Kestrel. 9 Linnet. Numerous Canada Goose.
Cold Edge: ditto Pipit, Curlew, pr Common Sandpiper. Some Canada, more Greylag.
5/6 Swift became evident over Mt Tabor.
Roll on late August.
*Published by Glom, Clitterbuck & Dibble. Bird reports also available: Clamorous Reed Warbler in Soho; The Lister Park Ross's Gull; Breeding Sooty Tern in Cemlyn Bay.
NB The publishers refuse to release transcripts of the authors interview with Adler & Jung.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Ogden 0730- 0930hrs early showers, W>4
Very quiet around the water with very little bird calls.
25 BH Gull
4 Common Gull
Several Woodpigs on Billberries
Sev blogging Mipits
7 Swift >SW
Good number of dispersing Swallows
Soil Hill 1530-1630hrs
Ultra quiet with a few Mipits and Skylarks
15 Lapwing in low fields
NK pond deserted apart from 1 Woodpig.
23 Swifts >SW
Computer packing in and threatening to give up altogether so you know whats happened if I disappear.
Unable to put photos on and can only use pay as you go.
Swift a constant feature probably at least 30
1 BH and several Common Gull drifting over >W
3 Moorhen including a juvenile
4 Chiffchaff including 2 juveniles, didn't hear any Willow Warbler
Wren nesting activity in 2 different spots
At Home a pair of Bullfinch have been regular visitors to the garden during the past week or so, as have 4 adult Goldfinch and this morning a juvenile Goldfinch.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ogden - some Power Predator took this Mallard's head off but left the body on the shoreline. I reckon Johnny Fox is responsible.
Several Willow Warblers, mainly juveniles, feeding off insects in the branches of Sycamore trees etc. 3 singing Blackcap, Jay, Common Sandpiper.
Soil Hill - Curlew in aerial skirmish with pr Kestrel for around 7 minutes. 5 Lapwing, 3 Blackbird, c20 Swallow, Reed Bunting, several Linnet, m Stonechat, LBBG > E. The Whitethroat pair bred successfully - 3 birds seen in a noisy get together. Carrion Crow chasing a small raptor, but distance prohibited proper id.
We have another temporary scrape on the top field.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
This was both an enjoyable and then a disastrous long walk, the first leg being up to Lower Gorple reservoir. Birds seen on this leg (not mine) were:
Monday, July 06, 2009
Pair of G C grebes - and display/pair bonding
2 adult Common Gulls
55 B H Gulls
3 Blackcaps still singing
6 Willow Warblers still singing
Meadow Pipits still feeding young
3 Song Thrush still singing
1 female Sparrowhawk
20+ Rooks feeding on Soil Hill
Soil Hill - no waders on the lagoon. 38 Lapwing and 10 Starling were in the field however. In the plantation down Ned Hill a Garden Warbler was singing.
I was lucky enough to see the landowner who informs me that the cultivated sloping field leading down to the lagoon belongs to somebody else. This includes the fenced off section that has been planted with Shrubs/Trees. A name and company has been quoted, so I shall pursue contact details and adopting my best crawl and toady behaviour, ask permission to access.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
05/07/2009 1430-1545hrs Hot and sunny
SOIL HILL / SHAY.
A definate place for autumn here if its left alone.
52 Lapwings were moving between the field and the shore.
2 Oystercatchers were near the waters edge whilst another 2 were in the field.
3 Golden Plover were near the shoreline and 2 Curlews were on the ajacent walls.
One drawback is its a scoping job and I struggled with a 32W on. Will take zoom next time but its
not easy hugging a tripod and scope over the hill.
05/07/2009 0730-0945 hrs Calm, Sunny with occ. shower.
1 F. Goosander
2 COMMON TERN >NW 0915
3 Oystercatcher >W, coinciding with NK sighting yesterday and see DCBs vis mig blog for this a.m.
28 BH Gulls back by water
1 Common Gull
2m 1f Tufted
1 Grey W agtail
+ usual sp.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Thirty minutes skywatching tonight from home produced :-
4 Curlew >W
2 Herring Gull >NW
85 BH Gull >N . Probably to roost
6 LBB Gulls >N.
2 Heron >E
3 House Martin >NW
Sev Swallows and Swifts blogging.
Conditions were ideal with sunshine in the west and black skies to the east.
Another form of rewarding birding promoted by DCB.
Soil Hill today at 14:20 hrs. All the interest was down the slope and at the bottom, the top being driza bone. I'm looking forward to watching this temporary scrape, if it lasts, in Autumn. 26 Lapwing were present, with a Curlew not far away. Others:
7 Woodpigeon, 14+ Meadow Pipit, circa 7 Skylark, 2 Goldfinch, 20+ Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting. Twite; no rings seen but excellent views of it's back!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
I went extra parochial today and got to grips with Cold Edge dams at 12:30 after an absence of over 2-1/2 years.
On the water were 9+ Canada Goose, 13 Grey Lag Goose and a Barnacle Goose. The latter must be the same feral bird that visits Ogden, but it showed different behaviour, e.g it flew away on approach.