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Monday, August 31, 2009

One for DCB

If you click on the photo to enlarge it Dave you can see where the trees fade out on the moor above Ogden in conjunction to your watch point. The top of the valley of trees is directly south of the sacrifice stones so the Swallows will have been passing you at the other side of the hill by Fly Flatts or low down over " the bumps" below the skyline but you would probably have picked them up using the latter.
I stand near the lower plantation to the left hand centre of the picture.Back Lane can be seen running up between the two plantations.
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Inspired Out

I had to make up for staying in earlier so out I went out in the strong SW. How significant this was because there were no Wheatear on the hill from hell, however:

Mountain 1215hrs - 5 Wheatear, 2 Goldfinch, 2/3 Meadow Pipit, c7 Swallow.

Soil Hill 1235hrs - Went through motion of looking for Cuckoo but of course I didn't find it. Just couple of Meadow Pipit and 3 Skylark on the top.

6 more Skylark flushed on way down N slope.

I grit my teeth when using this description, but I suppose it's inevitable:

NK Pond - I went right down to make sure, what a helluva trip getting back up, for:
Woodpigeon, 4 Mallard, 20 Lapwing.

Also circling same area were c30 Meadow Pipit, c45Linnet. A Twite flew close overhead calling, thankfully giving some variety.

PS updated species list for the Hill

Back Lane / and how they came !





31/08/2009 0730-1000hrs SW> 5 Some drizzle.

A quiet start with nothing but the usual on the water and very little in the skies.
By 0845 Swallows were starting coming from the north down the valley above the
plantation ,some low skimming the ground, others high above the wind turbines.
By 0855 the flood gates had opened and Swallows were now pouring through at a ridiculous
rate with up to 50 being counted in one sweep of the bins. A call to alert DCB found that he was getting them but in smaller numbers
meaning that they must have been skirting up Paul Clough and to the west of Daves watchpoint using the Ogden valley as a shelter from the wind. By 1000hrs the flow had slowed down. All birds passed to the west of me with nothing to the east between me and Soil Hill where yesterdays birds came through.

VIS MIG :-

887 SWALLOW.................>S
78 MEADOW PIPIT.........>SW
4 ALBA WAGTAIL...........>W
2 GREY WAGTAIL..........>W
32 LBB GULL...................SW

1 Merlin licking its lips over the moor.
BS
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Windy Hill Surprise

A windy soil hill this morning provided a super surprise. As I walked past the mast a bird flew from the field and landed on the wall next to the building mast. It was a juvenile Cuckoo; it sat there for a few good minutes giving great views at close range, it then flew and landed in the nettles at the back of the building. It never resurfaced from the nettles presumably keeping low out of the wind.

Rest of the hill was dead apart from a few Mipits and Skylark. The NK pond was destered apart from 3 crows and 2 Kestrels overhead.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Soil Hill


30/08/2009 1430-1530hrs Strong S>6 Heavy drizzle, low cloud and mist.
What a difference half a day makes from Nigels report here this morning.
The NK pond was deserted apart from 1pr Mallard and there was,nt a Wheatear in sight.
c 20 Linnets were flitting about in the wind along with a few Mipits and Skylarks.
Whilst checking the paddock field, ( see photo) which just held 1 Little Owl, a brown Peregrine went over in the direction of the farm shop with several Swallows close behind.
This reminds me, the f Sparrowhawk zapped across the garden this a.m. also followed by a number of Swallows.
A real taste of autumn movement this a.m. with my report, Nigels report and DCBs on the vis mig site.
The good news is its Bank Holiday so we can do it all again tomorrow.
BS
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A Busy Trip

I woke up very Owly today thanks to 3 Tawnys playing at steam trains about 0430hrs.

Soil Hill 0710 - 0915hrs, slow start but it picked up.

c90 Meadow Pipit, 14 Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, 3 Wheatear. 2 Snipe flushed from top field.

Bottom LH deep pond - Whitethroat. Far scrape - empty, also applies RH pond.

Pr Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting in field nr farm house.

Second sweep of top: 3 Swallow, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear. Merlin flushed from near main flash. 5 Grey Partridge.

Track leading back through field to Perseverance Rd: 14 Linnet. 2nd Merlin whizzing through, briefly engaged by Magpie. 3 more Wheatear. This now makes it my best Autumn count so far of 11 Wheatear in one day.

Raggalds: 29 Common Gull. Flock of 75+ Linnet plus few Goldfinch.

Ogden/ Back Lane

LAPWINGS >E.
30/08/2009 0730-1000hrs SW>3 early drizzle then cloudy.

An ideal vis mig morning throughout with good numbers of Meadow Pipits and Swallows moving through.
The Swallows were at their peak at 0745hrs all low and fast through the Causway Foot Col and below the level of Soil Hill.
By 0800hrs gulls were streaming onto the reservoir and several landed in surrounding fields.
Things quietened by 0930 although Swallows were still coming through but in smaller numbers.

VIS MIG :-

278 SWALLOW..............>S
192 MEADOW PIPIT....>W
4 HOUSE MARTIN.......>S
2 CORMORANT............>SW
6 ALBA WAGTAIL.......>W
42 LAPWING................>E could be locals ?
1 TREE PIPIT...............>W

OGDEN :-
98 Common Gull
125 BH Gull
145 Mallard
1 Heron
Usual f Goosander and Cormorant
2 Willow Warbler
BS
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Soil Hill

NO POT OF GOLD TODAY, BUT TOMORROW ? WHO KNOWS. BS
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Soil Hill

WHEATEAR
THE HIDDEN BANKING AT N.K.POND.

LAPWINGS FROM THE POND .

29/08/2009 1600-1700hrs Strong WSW>5 Heavy Shower.
As suspected the NK pond has a good area of shoreline along the nearest bank to the hill which is hidden from view from any watch point.
I scoped the pond and thought it was deserted until I walked ( or slid ) down flushing 38 Lapwing that were out of sight. This is only really a problem if the birds are resting as any feeding bird would soon come into view. Several Linnets were on the slope as I came back up towards the summit and 2 Wheatear were very mobile. As I sat on the summit recovering
from the climb ( Im at the wrong side of 50 for this sort of thing ) a Tree Pipit called and landed briefly to drink from the scrapes before moving off again >W. A third Wheatear landed nearby on an old tyre before lifting off and being carried at great speed over the ridge by the wind.
Otherwise there were just the usual Mipits and Skylarks.
I was going to check for Nigels Whinchat but the farmer was repairing the wall so that was off.
BS
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Too windy for the Oats Royd Birds

The breezy conditions kept the birds in the dense bushes this morning at Oats Royd. Best find was a family party of Bullfinches (about 8) stripping the berries off the rowans. There is a good crop of berries already so hopefully some good numbers of thrushes will drop in later this year. Other birds of interest were a singing chiffchaff and a green woodpecker. Unfortunately, the landowner has dug up one of the old walls down the bottom destroying some good habitat. Hope the tidying up doesn't become a trend.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ogden

2 Goosanders and 1 Cormorant today

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ogden

Syke Lane - 40+ L B B G's together in one field at 3 pm - not feeding, just preening - on their way back to Africa? c200 B H Gulls in a nearby field all took off towards Bradshaw before we could check them out.

Soil Hill - south facing slope had 6 or more Kestrels all up over one area together - family group with lots of interaction.

Back Lane
Very quiet other than 1 m Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Doves, c20 Woodpigeons, 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 House Martins and lots of Swallows

Movement on the Hill




Soil Hill 0940 - 1110 hrs.

47 Common Gull on S slope nr Bradshaw.

Meadow Pipits difficult to count again; 85+. 7 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, 10Woodpigeon, Moorhen, 10+ Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting.

19 Lapwing on bottom scrape. Swallow now grouping; saw 25+.

8 Wheatear. 5 of these were at Sun Hill farm, along with the Whinchat.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

All Change Soil Hill

Well today was different again. Prior to travelling up to the hill, I was fortunate enought to get 3 Sand Martin > S at Foxhill.

On arrival at SH, it started to rain, but of course! There was nothing doing on the top, so I wandered down to the far bottom scrape:

Mallard, 14 Lapwing, Ringed Plover calling.

Another wader sp. was present but conditions were so lousy that the photograph I took, isn't right cracking. Nevertheless I have forwarded it on to a few worthies and hopefully we can come up with something between us.

Also: Pheasant, Kestrel, c25 Meadow Pipit, c12 Linnet, 9 Swallow, 2 Wheatear.

PS - Within a few minutes of this post BS rang and after discussing, we both agree the wader sp is a Green Sandpiper. Worth the soaking, I feel.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Busy Soil Hill

0740 - 1010 hrs calm, still and overcast. Much difficulty in counting Meadow Pipit; besides those going straight over, were a fair amount of birds swirling about in circles. Best guestimate would be 70+.

The same applies to Linnet, at one time I counted 38 together on barbed wire, so I reckon there could have been c50 birds. Other finches: 3 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Twite. No leg rings seen on the latter.

Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, 25 Starling, 5 Skylark, 4 Snipe, 5 Lapwing, 2 Moorhen, pr noisy Kestrel. 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, c10 Swallow, 4 Wheatear.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Soil Hill

23/08/2009 Strong S>5 Heavy Drizzle
Tried to get up before the weather front but met it head on. Rain could be seen coming in from the north then black clouds and heavy drizzle appeared from the west. Once again the visit was wet but worth it.

1 Ringed Plover, flushed from the top scrape where it flew over the ridge and down to the NK pond. Scoped the area with no luck but the bird didnt seem to leave the area. This was probably your bird from the other day Nigel.
c 60 Swallows over fast and low >S
flock of c 30 Linnet
1 Kestrel
1 Wheatear
10 Skylark
Very few Meadow Pipits.
Hoped for more Terns but no such luck. This seems to be a flight path for Terns between Soil Hill and Mountain press, Ive had Common Terns over the house on the same track in previous years.
Also checked Nigels Black Redstart spot at the top of Perseverence Rd with nothing doing.
Who would imagine a Sandwich Tern for Queensbury, well done Chris..
BS

Rules adjudication please!

A juv Sandwich Tern passed over Queensbury between Soil Hill and Mountain heading south at 9.20am. It was first seen by HC and then confirmed by DCB and myself whilst we were at the Oxenhope watchpoint. I assume that the bird needs to be in Queensbury rather than the obsever so does it count? Anyway, it's still a rarity inland for West Yorkshire. It came in from the NE over Denholme, struggling a bit into the wind and we got good views of it as it worked its way south up and over the hill. See DCB's Vismig report for more details.

Ogden/Back Lane


23/08/2009 0745- 1000hrs Cloudy start with specks of rain then bright. S>4

Ogden
1 Cormorant
3 Willow Warblers
32 BH Gull
4 Common Gull
2 LBB
No sign of f. Goosander

Back Lane , Vis Mig

78 Swallow >SW
3 Snipe > WSW
18 Meadow Pipit >W
2 House Martin >SW
3 Jay >W very high
11 LBB Gull >SW
4 Grey Wagtail >W
Still some blogging Swallows.
BS.
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Iain Greenwood Country



MOOR FALL BLACK REDSTART HABITAT
22/08/2009 pm A visit to Ploughcroft and the old Black Redstart spot in hope of turning up a revisit whilst they,re in the area but no joy. A Dunnock flitted onto a fence post which stopped my heart beat for a few seconds but no sign of Black Red.

Ploughcroft
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Little Owl
1 Dunnock
1 Robin

Swalesmoor
c30 Linnet
c40 Godfinch
7 House Martin
Several Swallow
LBBs moving >W

Shelf Moor Pond
9 Canada Geese.... very unusual
11 BH Gull
1 Moorhen
2nd pond under construction.
BS
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Out of the Blue

Queensbury approx 0940 hrs 7 LBBG > SW over Black Dyke Mills.

I went to SH at 1410 hours and sure enough it was too bright and sunny for birding - even quieter than yesterday. However it was worthwhile as 2 Swift and a House Martin supplemented c8 Swallow.

Also 1 Kestrel, 25+ Linnet, Moorhen chick, Reed Bunting, Stonechat and usual Meadow Pipits and Skyarks.

Conspicuous by their absence this month: Whinchat.


PS 2020 hrs - I decided to sit in the backyard as it was such a pleasant evening:

c40 BHG from Black Dyke Mills roost > E
2 House Martin over my house
Pipistrelle Bat

FW: White crow

Via Email



Subject: White crow
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:38:18 +0000

Hi Nigel,i am not anykind of bird watcher,however i stumbled accross the site simply out of curiosity as to this large white bird, we moved into cheriton drive at scarlet heights around a month ago and see this bird in our garden most days and it usually resides on our front guttering in an afternoon! It is quite a brave one and does not appear to scare easily if im out in the garden,we are opposite a small wooded area and it seems to float around this area especially in the last two weeks or so. I hope it is of some interest to you.
Regards Andy Davies.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Early Morning Failure

Soil Hill 0705 - 0815 hrs bleedin 'orrible. Unidentified wader disturbed, called twice before disappearing. Pr Mallard; usual Meadow Pipits, Skylarks. c25 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 3 Stonechat, Wheatear, 5 Swallow.

Queensbury North 0835 hrs - pr Mallard, Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 16 Linnet, c10 Swallow. A LBBG > W. Approx flock of 90 Gulls which dispersed between Raggalds and Old Guy Rd, where they were 10 Common and 3 BH on the cricket field.

Sparrowhawk

The notorious female Sparrowhawk was perched briefly at the end of my garden this morning, Brian was quite right it is a LARGE individual. Last night it landed in nearby trees being mobbed by 3 House Martins.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Foxhill Today

20/08/2009
Steady flow of Swallows all day today >SW and W keeping moving right until last light at
approx 2030hrs.
38 Lapwing over Banktop Country Park + several BH Gulls.
5 Pied Wags + 2 Meadow Pipits in Foxhill park at lunchtime.
BS

Ogden

Back Lane - early afternoon
18 Woodpigeons
c20 Swallows
15 Meadow Pipits
c12 Goldfinch
That was it - very windy conditions!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Soil Hill Hobby

Soil Hill 1300 hrs - juvenile Hobby flushed from side of bottom track then flew approx 40 metres to land in reedbeds.

Also c14 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Partridge, Moorhen, Curlew, 15 Lapwing. Woodpigeon flock now stands at c40 birds.

Ogden Res previously: Cormorant, Goosander, Kestrel, Jay, 3 GSW, 3 Willow Warbler, several Swallow.

Gulls: LBBG, 2 Common, c25 BH.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Soil Hill

Shelter from the Westerlies.
16/08/2009 1500-1600hrs Strong W>6 Damping
Usual Mipits and Skylarks on the summit.
Thirty minutes scoping the NK pond produced nothing other than 2 Woodpigs.
Yesterday the pond was heaving in same wind conditions, same time of day but dry.
A few LBB gulls were heading for T.M.R.
21 Swallows in a steady migrating flow all >SW.
BS
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Wet and Misty

This morning was a good example of how predictions often mean nothing. Soil Hill 0900-1010 hrs:

10 Meadow Pipit, 12 Skylark, Reed Bunting, 40+ Linnet, 2 Swallow. The Gull flock had moved to the Perseverance Road slopes. I photographed the far scrape as well as eyeballing it; no waders present.

Queensbury North: 14 Swallow, 7 Pied Wagtail (6 being in Foxhill Park).

Meanwhile here is a mouthwatering article on Ogden Res published on our Website by Brian Sumner.

Ogden




16/08/2009 0745-0945hrs Bright start W>4 then cloud closed in with heavy drizzle.

VIS MIG
28 Swallows >W
4 Pied Wagtail >W
2 Grey Wagtail >W
2 Cormorant >SW then 1 Cormorant >SW
1 Cormorant on water, possible differant bird to last weeks ?
8 Meadow Pipit >W

Other
1 Kingfisher
38 BH Gull
5 Common Gull
4 Willow Warbler
f Goosander not looking any worse for wear as yet.
+ usual sp.
BS
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The eye of the storm. Soil Hill

15/08/2009 Near gale force W>6 Torrential showers, Black skies.
Not the best human weather but ideal wader conditions for bringing them in so
followed my gut feeling and headed up Soil Hill.
The summit held just the usual hardy Skylarks and Meadow Pipits but the NK pond was heaving.
15 BH Gulls
2 LBB gulls
4 Common Gulls
42 Lapwing
4 Pied Wagtail
1 Curlew
3 Dunlin. These were on the muddy slope between me and the pond, all still had black bellies.
By this time I was dripping and the scope and bins were steamed up so headed home but it felt like it was worth the effort.
BS.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Soil Hill then Ogden

1110 hrs. Wind from SW - always a downer. Soil Hill:

c40 Meadow Pipit, 13 Skylark, 2 Moorhen, Kestrel, Stock Dove, 23 Woodpigeon, 3 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 3 Swallow, Whitethroat. No sign of Curlew.

1250 hrs. Ogden Res/Back Lane:

I never seem to time it right at Back Lane; just the somewhat reduced Goldfinch flock 8 Woodpigeon and a few Swallow.

The reservoir: 3 Common & c40 BHG. F Goosander still there as was the Cormorant, however the latter appeared to have flown off when I completed the circuit.
Pied Wagtail, 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 3 Willow Warbler, f Blackcap, c8 Swallow. A trio of birds imitating flycatchers turned out to be 2 f & 1 m Chaffinch. Swine.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Sparrowhawk and a Swift seen from home this evening. Little Owls calling as I write.

Ogden

Back Lane this afternoon;
Looking for migrating Ospreys! - they are on the move from Scotland. One female chick from Loch Garten is already on the south coast and another Osprey (adult female) being sattelite tracked, roosted near Newark last night. No we didn't see any, conditions a bit too calm!

c60 Goldfinch on thistle heads with 2 Linnets
12 (all red-heads) Goosander flew over towards Thornton Moor
3 Swifts and 56+ Swallows but no House Martins seen
6+ Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard
1 Curlew mobbing a Ketsrel near Soil Hill
1 Stock Dove and c35 Woodpigeons
2 Goldcrests
1 Cormorant still on the res'r

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Swales yesterday:

4 Swifts
10 Linnets
1 P Wag
1 Grey Wag
2 Hse Marts
1 Kes
6 Goldfinches
5 Mipits
5 Skylarks

Oats Royd today:

Heard: Jays,Chaffinches Willow Warbs.

1 Heron (Grey of course)
Pair Kes
1 Swift briefly >S
A few BH and Comm Gulls on nearby fields
That's about it, perhaps the wind wasn't helping matters...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ogden then Soil Hill


Ogden Res: Cormorant, Goosander, Tufted Duck, GSW. Only handful of BHG present.

Soil Hill: 2 Common & 7 BHG > Ogden direction. Also LBBG > ditto. c30 Meadow Pipit, 4Skylark, c22 Lapwing, Curlew (that bird ain't right) 2 Kestrel. Reed Bunting, 4/5 Linnet, 5/6 Swallow, pr Wheatear. Trip lifted by a Peregrine powering in out of the blue, sweeping low across the hillside, heading S.

2 Roe Deer - first in quite a while.

NB Just Testing - I know the date on the photo is one month ahead!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Soil Hill

The NK Pond watch-point

09/08/2009 1500-1630hrs. Hot and Sunny S>3
On the Pond :-
22 Lapwing
1 juv Moorhen
1 Curlew
sev feeding Swallows
Other :-
2 Swifts >SW
7 Swallows >W
2 Kestrel in air together.
4 Linnet
No sign on Whitethroats etc
sev Meadow Pipits and Skylark
Still lots of gulls, mainly BH heading for TMR , big numbers on the water there.
Small White Butterflies everywhere on the hill.

BS
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Ogden/Back Lane

09/08/2009 0745-0945hrs blue skies and sunshine.

Vis Mig :
c 75 House Martin >SW c 70 in one flock
48 Swallow >W
2 Curlew >W
5 Meadow Pipit >W
18 BH Gull >SW
4 LBB Gull >SW
2 Tree Pipit >W

Other :-
1 Juv LBB gull on water
1 Tufted going into eclipse
1f Goosander on N shore, still with obstruction in its bill.
4 Singing Willow Warbler.

08/08/2009 2200hrs
3 Wader over Foxhill calling in dark >W
Heard only, probable Redshank ?
BS

Queensbury and Soil Hill

Qby North 0610 hrs Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 27 Linnet. Just a few Common & BHG.

Soil Hill 0630 - 0815 hrs. BHG; GBBG > W. circa 40 Meadow Pipit, 10 Skylark, c32 Linnet. Pr Kestrel, one of which saw off a male Sparrowhawk. 4 Blackbird, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 4Whitethroat, Willow Warbler. Curlew still present; 22 Lapwing, Juvenile Moorhen. About 14 Swallow seen throughout.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Swifts and Martins

08/08/2009
Several Swifts moving >SW over Ringby p.m.
9 House Martins >W over Foxhill, tea time.
Several LBB, Common and BH gulls over but no general direction.
BS

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Soil Hill again

9 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, Pied Wagtail. Pr Grey Partridge. Unidentified large bird way up high. 14 Woodpigeon, 5/6 Swallow.

Curlew still present. 4 Moorhen, Kestrel, 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat. 2 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Pr Wheatear.

Raggalds: Around 60 Gulls, mainly BH, very active in freshly mown fields.

Black Dyke Gull Roost


I've been meaning to count the Gulls that roost on the flat roof on the lower sheds for over a year now, finally:

2 LBBG, 8 Common, 33 BHG.

These were present at approx 0805 hrs; by lunchtime they tend to have disappeared to other parts.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

End of another birding day


BS
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Shelf Moor Walkies

1405 hrs - circa 3 Common & 8 BHG. Moorhen, 4 Woodpigeon, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, Mistle Thrush.
Good to see 7 House Martin, 4 Swift & c20 Swallow. 22 Goldfinch & pr Greenfinch.

Another brood of Great Tit back of my house, judging by the racket going on.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

New Garden Tick


I know this isn't a bird but this young toad about 40mm long is a garden tick for me. I was impressed and offered it a slug. It wasn't interested but it did wee on me as I moved it to safety under a bush.

Ogden

Back lane - mid morning;
Movement >SW
c50 Meadow Pipits
2 Skylarks
c40 Swallows
c30 Goldfinch
3 LBBG's
1 Stock Dove
c35 Woodpigeons
1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker
1 juv Kestrel caught a short-tailed vloe and landed on a nearby wall to eat it

Res'r and plantation;
Large mixed flock of Blue/Great/Coal and LTTits, 2 Treecreepers, c20 Chaff's, 2 Goldcrest (1 singing) c15 Willow Warblers and 1 Chiff-chaff (singing)
Female Goosander still in trouble - we think it was the RSPCA? who turned up across lunchtime with nets etc to maybe try and rescue it - it was looking in a poor state! We don't know the outcome.

Dailie Fields

Very quiet..

Little Owl
Kestrel
pr Jay
20+ Swallow

A single Swift over Ford and also a Sparrowhawk chasing down prey, didn't see the outcome.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Ogden & Soil Hell






Ogden still quiet. 2 Common Gull & 60 BHG. 3 LBBG also present with 3 others > W.
I'm afraid the f Goosander doesn't appear to be able to fly off due to lack of energy caused by malnutrion. I took a photo today (see also BS recent pics) which shows it has a foreign body stuck in it's throat. The material appears to be plastic, or maybe some kind of textile and of of a substantial size.

Soil Hill - Yet another example of how dangerous this place can be. I followed a Wheatear across the recent excavations and promptly sank my right leg into the mud to just below the kneecap. I got out OK but it's unusual upon returning home to empty mud from the inside of your boot.

21 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, Pheasant, Curlew, Stock Dove, 12 Woodpigeon, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Linnet. Surprise of the day; Green Woodpecker flying low over the middle of the slope.

Does anybody know what species of Dragonfly this is? Best I can do is some kind of Chaser?

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Soil Hill Mega Dip

The impossible climb Stage one

Stage two. its a lot steeper than it looks isnt it Nigel.

02/08/2009 Soil Hill pm.
Deadly quiet with near on a total lack of birds.
Few Mipits and Skylarks
2 Feral pigeons on the NK scrape
Sev Swallows feeding
21 LBB gulls >SW
6 BH gulls >NW
BS.
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modest meander

BB farm area

8 Linnets
c.15 Swifts >S
8 Swallows
1 Wheatear
6 Goldfinches
3 Mipit
Skylark heard

Shibden

Jay (heard)
Green Pecker (heard)
8 LT Tits
1 Goldcrest
5 Coal Tits (some were juvs)
8 Will Warbs (at least one juvenile)
C.30 House Marts
A few swallows
C. 30 Swifts slowly >S high over valley

Pcroft

3 L Owls
10 House Marts
2 Swifts >S
2 Swallows

Ogden

The Happy Couple
The long staying f. Goosander.
02/08/2009 0745-0945hrs Cloudy but dry.
A very quiet morning with very little either in the wood, on the water or in the sky.
The only vis mig movement was :-
7 LBB Gulls >NW
2 BH Gulls >W
4 Swallows high and >S.
Other :-
several blogging Swallows
1 f Goosander
2 BH Gull
4 Common Gull
2 Willow Warblers
87 Mallard.

NED HILL
2 Kestrel
15 Goldfinch
2 Linnets

RAGGALDS FLOOD
27 Common Gull
2 LBB Gull
1pr Mallard.
BS.
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