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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ogden Reflections



Something nice to look at on a nasty wet evening.
BS
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L B B Gull


Nigel - this was the bird at Ogden last autumn with a very odd bill - it was also quite tame feeding with the Mallard - and a younger bird than the one this week. Perhaps it's the same one (?) but this bill looks about the same length but is not as deep!

The Wigard


I recently mentioned the villainous duck that would have you searching for a Wigeon at Ogden Res owing to it's whistle. Well here it is, dressed to all intents and purposes like a female Mallard. It is smaller and doesn't show the whole blue speculum, but the best visual sign is the beak. It is nearly about a third smaller than Mallard and has much more dark, with minimal orange at the base.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Large Gull Id Ogden





This Gull was at Ogden Res from approx 1040 - 1140 hrs when it was frightened by members of the public and flew off NW towards Fly Flatts/TMR. I had seen it fly once previously and it showed yellow legs, discounting Herring Gull, not that I ever thought it was.

I am not happy with LBBG, especially fuscus and even the paler graellsii doesn't strike home.
In flight the mantle was a shade lighter that it is in these inadequate photographs. The main sticking point is the somewhat large head and beak; the head streaking simply denotes an adult winter bird.

It could possibly be a Yellow Legged Gull but I would welcome the opinion of others.
Also: Little Grebe, GC Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck; the Cormorant and Goosander appear to have left. Green Woodpecker.

Previously on Soil Hill - just Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, pr Snipe.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Belated Post Saturday 26th Sept

Green Lane 8:20
2 Raven flew over, calling. They headed up and over the top of the Black Dyke Mills, then came back down about 15 mins later.( I failed to have the camera to hand both times).
Also seen:
4 Magpie
4 Meadow Pipit
2 Woodpigeon
3 Jackdaw

2 BH Gull
11 Crow (including the one with the white wings)
4 Jay
1 Swallow
2 Robin
Corporal Lane
3 Greenfinch
3 Rook
45 Lapwings with about 25 Starlings
Giles Hill Lane
33 Mistle Thrush
40+ Meadow Pipit
Lesser BB Gull
8 Woodpigeon
Denise Shields

NB Denise provided 2 pics, but an unexplained technical problem prevents them from publishing.

Soil Hill

Here comes the rain !

Soil Hill 1500-1600hrs Strong W>5 Cloudy then drizzle'
The large rain cloud could be seen across Ingleborough ,Malham area to the north rapidly coming my way.
The photo shows it just arriving at TMR with everywhere beyond blanked out. Within 10 minutes of seeing it coming I was soaked.
Bet you,ve seen this many times at your watchpoint Dave B, I remember it well from years gone by.

Birdwise it was poor with just the usual Mipits and Skylarks with nothing on the ponds. I did manage to flush a Snipe on the summit which is somewhat of an achievement lately.

We have a new visitor to the blog now in the form of Howard Creber , one of the founder members and first chairman of BOG.
Howard was born and bred in Queensbury, his patch being the Dailie Fields and Station which he knew like the back of his hand.
We started birding together at about 14yr olds trekking the Dailies and Shibden on a regular basis.
Howard lives at bottom ot ill now in Oxenhope but he,ll be back up int clouds when he sees the error of his ways. Once a Queensbury gorby, always a Queensbury gorby. Hope you keep looking in Howard.
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Shibden East



Managed a walk down to Paddock Road and back 1045 - 1215 hrs.

Corporal Lane - Lapwing increased to 64 birds, also 2 Skylark there.

Lots of corvid activity but the only raptor species were 2 Kestrel.

28+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, LBBG > NW.

A very foggy Oggy

A very wild Barnacle Goose
Fogged Out

OGDEN
Dense fog and drizzle till 0945 then heavy rain brightening on my way home, typical.
No Vis Mig

2 Heron
1 Sparrowhawk nearly taking Blackbird
1 Willow Warbler.
+ usual sp
BS
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm enjoying this!

BB Farm area:

8 Swallows
Flock C. 50 Mipits
Flock C. 50 Linnets

Looking out for raptors passing over Shib produced a probable very distant Buzzard >South interacting with 3 presumed Sparrowhawks.

2.20 > S 1 BUZZARD passed over Shibden head

Tawny Owl heard calling.

Lower Shibden (Southern extremity of Queensbury recording area)

4 Kes
Another BUZZARD >S
1 Coal Tit
Min. 8 Jays loafing to and fro over the valley with acorns.
C.50 House Marts. A good number of these appear to be locals.
C. 15 Swallows
Party of 13 Grey Parts.

Cow of a Day



I went to Shelf Moor around 1310hrs in the vain hope of seeing the 3 PFG reported by Brian.

Discovering a track at the rear of the pond, I saw there is another pond that has been around for aeons, unseen from the main road.

In it was a Cow, a Cow that looks as if it weren't going out partyin' tonight.

I went down to the main road and ascertained from some friendly locals who the landowner is. The farmer and family were out for the day, leaving behind a farmworker, so off I went to report the beast's plight.

The farmworker spoke only broken English, similar to that spoken by Bradford's drunks, only better. The best I could get out of him was he would tell the farmer "tomorrow", so back down the road to the a/m friendly locals. Here, I was assured by one of them that upon sight of the returning farmer's vehicle, she would phone them immediately with the news of the day.

Now then, oh yes, birds. Not many:

c35 Meadow Pipit, 8 Canada Goose, 2 Moorhen. 2 Swallow.

36 Lapwing were in the field below the Corporal Lane & Shaw Lane junction.

NB Vismig for Sunday is off the menu owing to a domestic issue arising. Apologies to all; hope your efforts are rewarded.

Saturday 26th September


2 Raven flew over, calling. They headed up and over the top of the Black Dyke Mills, then came back down about 15 mins later.( I failed to have the camera to hand both times).
Also seen:
4 Magpie
4 Meadow Pipit
2 Woodpigeon
3 Jackdaw

2 BH Gull
11 Crow (including the one with the white wings)
4 Jay
1 Swallow
2 Robin
Corporal Lane
3 Greenfinch
3 Rook
45 Lapwings with about 25 Starlings
Giles Hill Lane
33 Mistle Thrush
40+ Meadow Pipit
Lesser BB Gull
8 Woodpigeon
Denise Shields

Friday, September 25, 2009

Shib valley

15 LTT with c. 2 Blue Tits and a few Great Tits.
Also a Treecreeper associated with the flock.

2 Mistle thrushes

1 Jay

2 Green Peck

40 Swallows

50 House Martins through the valley.

Just a few each of Chaff, Dunnock, Wren (no Robin).

Single Wheatear on the deck near Claremount.

Starling numbers have increased a lot locally today.

Early Start



2 local Tawny Owls playing at steam trains again woke me up at about 0330hrs.

Got to Soil Hill at 0740hrs and it was murder apart from 9 Grey Partridge. There were also 9 Skylark, 1 Pied & 1 Grey Wagtail, plus a Moorhen. Meadow Pipit trickled through thinly with about 30 birds, so I legged it to Ogden Res once more.


Ogden 0845 hrs - different again:

Pied & Grey Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 LBBG flying around. Only a few usual Gulls on the water, but it did have:
Cormorant, Goosander, GC Grebe, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Barnacle & Canada Goose; the Kingfisher flew over. The 'Wigard' - hybrid duck in f Mallard plumage that whistles like a Wigeon is back.
Kestrel, 4 Jay, 2 GSW, Green Woodpecker, pr Bullfinch, Treecreeper, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin.
Migrants have arrived with an influx of Goldcrest and Robins, more evidently 3 Redwing. I scrutinised the Tit party to find mainly Coal, LTT and Blue.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still Windy but...





A few more birds about this time, just.

Soil Hill 1410hrs: Pied Wagtail, c60 Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 12 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet, Swallow, 2 Wheatear.

A Golden Plover in the RH field as you walk up the Radio Mast track later flew around the hill 4 times, calling frequently. It then gave me another species tick for the Raggalds as it flew over my head, then landed at the back of the now dried up flood field.

Raggalds also had 2 Swallow, BHG, LBBG > W.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pinkies on the move

22/09/2009 1845hrs Shelf Moor

Painting a relations fence at Shelf Moor tonight paid dividends when 48 P.F. Geese came over noisily >W.
There sounded to be another skein but I couldnt see them for the buildings.
Also present, 8 Mistle Thrush on wires.
BS

Ogden

This afternoon;
1 Little Grebe - catching plenty small fish
1 Cormorant
5 f Goosanders
c150 B H Gulls
1 L B B Gull
c20 Common Gulls
5 Swallows >NW plus 5 others along Back Lane area
5 Skylarks N>

A large tit flock (50+) in the area below the 'Giant's Tooth' and the woodland viewpoint area including Blue/Great/Coal/L T tits, several Goldcrests and Chaff'inch, 1 phylloscopus warbler, 6+Treecreepers. No sign of the Marsh Tit but it could still be there!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Stormy autumnal sky over Foxhill


21/09/2009 1915hrs One for DCB.
Several Mipits moving >S this a.m. Also several Chaffinch >SW.
Observations whilst walking to work 0730.
BS
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A Windwalk



Soil Hill was lousy in the strong WSW just reduced Meadow Pipit nos and usual Skylark. There was one duck down at the bottom, so I legged it to Ogden Res.


I fared a bit better here, despite the attention of this really wierd birder (there's hope for me yet).


Cormorants & Goosander still there, the latter lending itself to being photographed by two ladies using standard lens cameras.


I finally got the Kingfisher, plus the addition of a Moorhen on the water, with a Grey Wagtail flying over.


2 Jay, 3 GSW, Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Chaffinch. Signs of incomers evident by berries being gobbled from a tree by 3 Mistle Thrush & 10 Blackbird.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Soil Hill

Ingleborough in the haze from Soil Hill

20/09/2009 1500-1600hrs, WNW >3, Bright and sunny.

As expected on a sunny afternoon the hill was quiet but Swallows were still trickling through.
A Buzzard was watched coming down the Aire valley, soaring over Shipley Glen and then away >SE
over the white horse hill.

18 Meadow Pipit
12 Linnet
5 Skylark
8 Swallow >S
1f Teal
4 Mallard
1 Pied Wagtail
1Grey Wagtail
1 Buzzard
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Thornton Viaduct

A Willow Warbler was in scrub by the viaduct this morning.
Also just outside area yesterday at Halifax golf course there was quite a few Stonechats, adults and juveniles, at least 8 birds, good sign of breeding success.

Ogden/Back Lane

A very still Ogden
Then there was two.

20/09/2009 0715-0945hrs Very still, blue skies.
A very poor moving day with any movement before 0800hrs after which the skies remained empty.

VIS MIG
54 Meadow Pipit >S
8 Alba Wagtail >W
5 Redpoll >W
11 Chaffinch >W
1 Jay >W
26 Swallow >S
14 Goldfinch >W
6 Greenfinch >W
2 House Martin >S

Other
2 Cormorant
2 Green Woodpecker
1 Dipper in overflow
Sev. good tit flocks

Report just out of area of Redwing at Denholme Clough, ( BOG )
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ogden does it again!

Ogden again came up trumps with a Marsh Tit near the path up to the Giant's Tooth. I first noticed it in amongst Coal Tits and Goldcrests and got good views of the small bib and plain wing which indicated Marsh rather than Willow Tit. I've never been able to distinguish a matt rather than glossy crown on either species so don't usually bother with that feature. I only got to see it for about 30 seconds but soon after I lost track of it in the canopy, I heard 3 or 4 of the diagnostic 'pichoo' calls to clinch the ID.

Other birds of note were 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bulfinch (juv), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron and the usual female Goosander. Not a bad trip out considering I'd only nipped out this morning to buy some floor tiles.

The Hill

Morning on Soil from 8am.
2 Kestrel,
Pied Wagtail
c50 Mipits at least
8 Skylark
On wires by RH pond was the finch flock. Count of them produced 62 Linnet and 13 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting also on these wires.
The NK pond should have been renamed the NK duck pond as there were 12 mallard, 2 Teal and a Moorhen on it.
Whilst viewing the NK duck pond i could hear an Oystercatcher calling overhead, but I couldn't pick it up, i hate it when that happens.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Movement

White Carrion Crow, approx 25 metres from my front garden upon return from Soil Hill.


A GSW was also present, just across the road from this. If anybody is interested in the ring issue and can't conclude from this pic, I can Email you one that is available to blow up.


Soil Hil 1110hrs - busy busy, thankfully.


c35 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark, c45 Linnet. More Goldfinch have appeared and were all over the place, I reckon there were c70.


Kestrel, Moorhen, Grey Partridge, 2 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Swallow, 6 Wheatear.

A pr Teal kindly flew from the RH Pond, veered W and dropped down into the LH Pond. This is most appreciated, being another annual tick.

Pick of the day occurred at the start of the session; pr Raven kronked SW overhead toward Halifax GC. Last bird seen here did similar without the noise - Jay.

Queensbury North - 8 Mallard > N, 4 Pied Wagtail, c20 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 18 Linnet, pr Swallow.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Hill again

Soil Hill, 5-6pm
Decided to have a good look round the bottom of the slope and the NK pool following Nigel's viewing tips. There's more water on the Nk pool than can be seen from up the slope and even more places for birds to hide. Only birds there was a pair of Mallard but i will make an effort now to get closer now i've seen the possibilities.

On way back i flushed a duck from the LH pond which flew around the bottom of the hill trying to decide where to go, it was a female Teal. It eventually landed in the RH pond. Spent a while looking at this pond to see if it reappeared but only Moorhen made an appearance.

Other birds present
4 Grey partridge on the North slope
Numerous Mipits
2 Skylark.
13 Common Gull in field by the mast.
9 BHG flew west with a LBBG in tow.
1 Kestrel

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ogden/Denholme Clough

Ogden
2 Cormorant
1 Little Grebe
1 f Goosander
1 Chiff-chaff
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrels
1 Dipper in Skirden Clough

Foreside Lane - just at back of Denholme Clough behind the Barn Farm shop leading up to Ovenden Moor
2 Whinchat - looked like one adult and 1 juv together in second field on the right
10 Skylark >N
12 Swallows >N plus 4 others by the farm
c40 Starlings
c50 Meadow Pipits
c30 Goldfinch

Monday, September 14, 2009

Starling Invasion

A large fall of Starlings hit Queensbury today with large flocks on rooftops and in the trees.
Foxhill was flooded with them at lunch time with at least 200+ in Foxhill park alone. The neighbours Rowan tree was stripped of berries in less than 1 hour.
These are obviously moving birds from the north.
Foxhill Park also held 9 Pied Wagtail and the unusual record of 4 Meadow Pipits.
BS.

Mixed Fortunes

Soil Hill 1110hrs was a bit thin: c32 Meadow Pipit, 11 Skylark, 11 Linnet. The large flock of Goldfinch have moved on, leaving maybe 4 birds. 1 BH along with 6 Common & 3LBB Gull. Kestrel, 2 Snipe, Wheatear.

Ogden Res 1230hrs proved interesting. Birds still present as per recent reports:

2 Cormorant, Little Grebe and the long staying f Goosander which is now becoming accustomed to people and parking with the Mallard crowd.




Also present: Grey Heron, 2 Jay, 5 House Martin. I had id problems with two Warbler sized birds giving one note calls and remaining virtually unseen. These two will have to be filed for further investigation.

To make up for this frustration I turned a corner and encountered this most obliging Spotted Flycatcher.

I like this kind of ending.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Finches

I saw a couple of flocks of 50+ birds at the weekend, both were at around 6:30 am. The first, on Saturday in Bracken Lane, was mostly Goldfinch with Linnets. This morning's, lining the wires on High Cross Lane, was predominantly Linnets. The Crow was in Corporal Lane on Saturday.


Denise Sheilds

Oh No Its Happened Again



SOIL HILL 13/09/2009 1500-1600hrs E>6 Bright.

Another dousing and another pair of rigger boots wrecked.
Mistakenly thought I could cross a deep water filled dyke by using a large concrete boulder in the centre as a stepping stone, wrong !
As soon as I put my weight on the stone it sank in the mud leaving me up to the waist in water and black slimy strong smelling mud.
My bins and camera just escaped but my scope was completely submerged, whether it will ever work again has yet to be seen when I finally clear the mud from it.
Not easy driving home in slimy wet trousers and no boots on.
Oh well , I did get 12 Swallows >E and 9 Linnet. The hill was dead as were the ponds and hillside.
Right,were did I put that hosepipe?
BS
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Ogden/Back Lane

Distant Little Grebe
Usual f . Goosander
Laughing Gull. Black Headed really.


13/09/2009 0730-0945hrs Dead calm and sunny till 0900hrs then cloudy with cool E>3.

VIS MIG.
14 Swallow >S
16 Chaffinch >S
8 Alba Wagtail >W
2 Grey Wagtail >W
4 Snipe very high and >W
11 Meadow Pipit >S
1 Cormorant >SW.

Other :-
2 Cormorant on water
1 Little Grebe
2f Goosander
14Lt Tit
8 Coal Tit
1 Treecreeper
1 Chiffchaff
2 Goldcrest.

Missed ACs Honey Buzzard if it came over. Thanks for message DJS.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Hill

Morning on the hill produced numerous Mipits, again must have been over 50 birds, 7 Skylark and i caught up with Nigel's Goldfinch flock, although not as many c30. 2 Kestrel, one being given a hard time by 2 Jackdaws. 12 Common Gull and one BHG flew south, 15 swallows also south. The NK pool had one Pied Wagtail. Then as i got back to the car looked back over to the mast to see a Buzzard circling only about 100 yards above my head, it then drifted south towards Bradshaw and lost to view as it went low down

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Hill next morning

0910hrs warm and sunny with very slight E breeze:

c35 Meadow Pipit, 9 Skylark, c45 Linnet. Total number of Goldfinch around 75+ - at one stage 60 were on telephone lines with f Kestrel next to them, both species ignoring each other.

The NK Pond had 4 Woodpigeon, Pheasant, 15 Lapwing and an unseen wader in flight sounding very much like Ringed Plover.

Over on the other side were: Moorhen, 4 Grey Partridge and 3 Stonechat.

Notable was the absence of Wheatear and Swallow.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Evening on the Hill

Soil Hill this evening produced 2 Wheatear, at least 50 Mipits they were everywhere, 3 Skylark. NK pool no birds apart from a single Swallow flying over it. 10 Common Gull and a LBBG flew East. 3 Kestrels were giving close views whilst I was there including one of them eating prey on a post. Also back near home off Deep Lane c150 BH Gulls in fields and no other gull species with them

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Soil Hill & Ogden


Started off with 2 Jay Qby South > S at 0730hrs.











Soil Hill 0940hrs:

BH & 2 Common Gull.
c55 Meadow Pipit, 17 Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail. 2 Snipe flushed from top field and flew down to settle in reeds.


1 Blackbird, c20 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, Wren.

A Tree Pipit over, calling twice. 12 Swallow and 3 Wheatear.

Ogden Res 1110hrs:

4 Jay, Kestrel, GSW. A Dipper was singing down in the overflow. The Cormorant still perched in usual spot.

The f Goosander had some company and being much smaller was difficult to spot, until it came out into the open and provided me with an annual tick - Little Grebe.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Hill Coughs Up





Mild, Sunny afternoon 1410 - 1620hrs. Meadow Pipit numbers decreased, c30 birds present, along with 10 Skylark.


5 LBBG > S.


7 Mallard and 8 Lapwing on NK Pond.


Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen. Flocks of c30 Goldfinch & c45 Linnet.


6 Reed Bunting, 7 Swallow, 5 Stonechat, 6 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear.
As I left the hill at the footpath into Perseverance Rd, a Cormorant flew across the S slope toward Ogden Res.


Just one minute after this an adult Hobby flew in cruise control just a few metres away over the road, heading NW over the top field.


Mountain - few Meadow Pipit, 70 Linnet.


Swales Moor (Ringby Lane)

Early afternoon;
2 Wheatears
4 Skylarks
c30 Meadow Pipits
6 Linnet
11 Goldfinch
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
c120 mixed corvids

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Ogden/Back Lane

Goosander still with obstruction in its bill'

0745-1000hrs Calm then W>3-4 Cloudy and cool

A quieter morning but Swallows still coming through well using the same flight path as last week.
Meadow Pipits moving west were high with no great sense of urgency whilst some were moving south mixed in with the Swallows.
One flock of House Martins came through south and an adult Hobby came through east scattering the Swallows.

VIS MIG

98 Meadow Pipit >W some >S
209 Swallow >S
11 House Martin >S
2 Snipe >SSW
1 Hobby >E poss local bird
6 Greenfinch >W

2 Redpoll >W

Other :-
1 Willow Warbler
1 f Goosander
1 Heron
+ usual sp
Looks like Cormorant has finally moved on.


Ned Hill
2 Wheatear
BS.
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Different Day

Soil Hill 0750 - 0920hrs; cooler breezier and somewhat brighter which would account for the slow session.

Meadow Pipit - Many birds circling/swirling so accuracy difficult but certainly in the region of 125.

10 Skylark, 6 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel. Only a few Linnet, but a flock of 45+ Goldfinch present on bottom of N slope. Here were also: Pheasant, 2 Reed Bunting, Whitethroat.

On the way back home via E footpath picked up a welcome Tree Pipit and 4 Wheatear. I also got a call from BS about the potential Hobby, but it remained unseen.

Thanks for the lift Brian.

Queensbury N - 11 Swallow, few Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Soil Hill Osprey

SH 0948hrs - Osprey seen from track alongside Radio Mast, heading S. The bird was watched for nearly two minutes, gliding down the flight path between the W flank of the hill and the Causeway Foot/Ogden area. Never high up, it dropped some more height as it went over Bradshaw, eventually skirting the far (factory) side of Oats Royd.

News came via phone call from BS that Dave Barker also got Osprey earlier at 0925hrs.

Also present: few Meadow Pipit and Skylark. 4 Lapwing on top field; nothing on NK pond. c12 Linnet circling, 3 Wheatear. Sparrowhawk, believed to be same bird reported previously, again being mobbed by 5 Swallow, of which there were c9 in total.

Pr of Snipe flushed from bottom part of N slope; half circled before dropping into the reeds. Single GBBG > W.

Belated report of SEO 3 weeks back by local resident.

Mountain: 14 Linnet, 2 Common Gull.

Too windy for birds... again!

The Oats Royd birds were again few and far between as the wind kept their heads down. Best birds were 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch (heard), 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 4 Meadow Pipit (heard overhead), 30+ Swallows in 3 feeding parties and 2 Stock Dove.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ogden

Always chance of a sea bird on a day like today!
1 Cormorant
1 f Goosander
78 Mallard
1 Grey Heron
c30 Swallows
12 Meadow Pipits
1 Dipper in the pool below the embankment
1 Treecreeper

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Soil Hill Species list update.

Nigel and myself have just gone through the Soil Hill species list records and updated the list on the Website. PBs excellent find of the Cuckoo at the weekend brings the number of species found on Soil Hill to 105. Well done to all.
BS.

SH & Ogden

Soil Hill 0940hrs - Pr alba Wagtail over. c25 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark, 25+ Linnet, 1 Twite. NK Pond showing just 4 Mallard & 2 Lapwing.

3 Rook, Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear. Female Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 6 Swallow - latter totalled c12.

Ogden Res 1120hrs - c7 Meadow Pipit, 8 Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, 2 GSW. c18 Swallow, Sand Martin.

Despite the Fire Brigade training and YWA draining off the excess water:
Cormorant, 3 Tufted Duck and f Goosander still looking chipper. Pr Grey Wagtail.

Usual Gull species present; lots of noise from pr of Coal Tit.