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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Queensbury Today




LAPWINGS AT SHELF MOOR

31/10/2009

A good early movement which came to an end by 0830hrs. 1 flock of very high Fieldfare (85) came over >SW
and several Redwing. The Redwing were all low and >S , probably overnight roosting birds from the Queensbury Station, they didnt have the look or jizz of new arrivals.
Casual obs to and from work :-

85 Fieldfare.............................SW
132 Redwing...........................S
8 Meadow Pipit......................S
248 Woodpigeons...................S

Shelf Moor 1600hrs
68 Lapwing
4 Alba Wagtails
2 Mistle Thrush
1 Little Owl.
BS
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Friday, October 30, 2009

The Late John Suckley.

For those that knew him by sight only, John (left) vis migging with me and the team at Oxenhope, 2003.
John sadly died of a heart attack last month whilst birding on Mull,a place he loved and is now laid to rest there.
BS.
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Lull Before The Storm

I was up at Ned Hill early on yesterday. Only penny numbers of Redwings, Fieldfares, Woodpigeons and Chaffinches moving and even the Crows were quiet. A pair of Stonechats put in a brief appearance. One distant and the other soaking up the first rays.  I left at 8:30-obviously. Instincts good; timing hopeless. I enjoyed the vis mig pictures!

There were 43 disorientated Redwings passing over the Co-op in the mist, as I came out this morning and 7 Golden Plover >SW as the mist lifted at Ned. Denise

Pink Footed Geese

Amazing photos of yesterdays P F Goose movement including birds over Soil Hill. Click on DCBs Visible Migration link.
BS

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Watch and Work Point




29/10/2009
Just some views of where I get my bit of pleasure vis migging whilst at work. Until houses were built on the old mill dam I could see over Otley mast and the North Yorkshire White Horse but its getting a bit hemmed in now but it serves its purpose.

This mornings birds :-
c 200 Woodpigeons >S
4 Alba Wagtails >S
11 Chaffinch >S
Despite early warnings from the Oxenhope boys I failed to get onto any P.F. Geese.
BS
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

TRULY AMAZING

Click on the link for DCBs Visible Migration site to see photos of Fieldfare like youve never seen before. Well done Dave Barker and Howard Creber.

Queensbury Today

28/10/2009
A disappointing morning with no Fieldfares over the garage at all. After yesterday evenings rush
I expected skies full today but the birds obviously continued moving through the night and the large flocks were reported to the west of us this morning. The only moving birds seen were :-
145 Woodpigeons.................... >S
13 Alba Wagtails.....................>S
1 Squadron of 19 Starlings very high >NW with a Sparrowhawk hot on their tail.
BS

Movement

Soil Hill 0940 hrs 4 Greenfinch > W; Chaffinch. Then c120 Fieldfare > W; in tow were a few Redwing, 2 Skylark, Chaffinch.

A Kestrel landed in the Radio Mast then 5 minutes later it took off in attack mode towards a bird feeding in the open. It dropped it's legs, veering quickly just a metre off the floor but it's intended breakfast took flight and zigzagged off - Snipe!

12 Skylark were on the top field, with a pair in full display and song flight. Also: Pied Wagtail, c25 Meadow Pipit, 7 Grey Partridge, 2 Reed Bunting, Linnet.

Mountain 1140 hrs - distant flock c100 PFG > NW toward SH.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday (late post)

There seem to be plenty of Common Gulls about yesterday, with a few BHG amongst each group:
83 on Queensbury football pitch
54 at Queensbury school
45 on the pitch opposite
60+ took off from the large field on Corporal Lane and hung about on the edge overlooking Green Lane.

I stopped, very briefly, at Ned Hill at about 7:30:
3 Redwing >W
Cormorant >S
23 distant mixed Thrushes veered off and went over Back Lane
6 Meadow Pipit>S

The only other thing of interest were  10 Redwing dropping into a Holly bush in Green Lane. Denise


Queensbury Today

27/10/2009
Completely fogged out until mid day which was frustrating after an early warning from the Oxenhope team, HC, DCB, that mega numbers of Fieldfare were on their way towards us,weather permitting. The afternoon skies remained empty until at 1500hrs I got a call from HC telling me a skein of Pink Footed Geese were heading in my general direction, right on cue they came over slightly to the west of me, c 150 >WNW. Thanks for the call Howard, you did well to spot them from Sentry Hill.Whilst I was on the phone to you the geese were over the High St just between Black Dyke Mills chimney and the Terminus, your timing was spot on as I only saw them for about 30 secs.
The second call I got around 1545hrs was from DCB reporting good numbers of Fieldfare coming over. Unfortunately at the time I spoke to you Dave I was on my back under a car with a gearbox balanced on my knees, not the ideal watching position. After about 30 mins I got to look out but the night sky was closing in and nothing was seen.
Providing there,s no fog, the morning should be interesting ?
BS

FW: blog n birds

Hi, I just tried to put a post on the blog but I didn't seam to able to do it. Could it be because I'm not on the list?
Not much to report , but there is a grey wagtail with two pieds on the roof of the barns at the back of Greenhead farm.
You're not the only one who gets down about birds , I drove all the way to Tyne Side to see the Eastern Crowned Kinglet on Sunday , the day after it had left.
Thanks for the blog
Mark
(You have been re-invited to post again - Nigel)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Queensbury Today

6/10/2009
Quiet skies on my way to work this a.m. but by 0840hrs Fieldfare were coming over >W very high and direct. This flow continued until 0915hrs when the drizzle stopped and the sky became blue briefly. During this period Woodpigeons started to move >S for a short time until the heavy rain came.

c 120 Fieldfare........>W
25 Woodpigeon......>S
2, what I believed to be Cormorant, very high and distant >E but all I had in my hand was a 17mm spanner which is useless for looking at birds with.
BS

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday 25th October

I ventured up to Ned Hill, but not for long. I only saw:
1 Cormorant>N, 2 Meadow Pipit>S, 2 Magpies>wherever the wind dictated and 2 Crows.

There were 63 Common Gulls with 5 BH Gulls on the pitch by the Raggalds and 54 on Queensbury School field.109 Lapwing back in Corporal Lane with around 200 Starlings. Denise




Soil Hill

Rain closing in on Oats Royd.

25/10/2009 1500-1600hrs Attrocious conditions, WSW>6-7 Torrential rain lashing from the west.

Went up hoping something had been brought down in the conditions but we all get it wrong sometimes!
The summit was quite lively ,or what I could see of it. Several BH and Common Gulls were down along with 15 Lapwing.
1 Kestrel was being mobbed with corvids and 1 Snipe was flushed from the scrapes.
A male Stonechat was on the western side of the hill along with several Meadow Pipits and Skylark.
At least my birding gear has a week now to dry out before my next expedition.
BS.
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Ogden/Back Lane

A break to the South
Rain sweeping over Huddersfield
Rain over Wainhouse Tower , Calder Valley

25/10/2009 0715 - 1000hrs Strong SW>6 Heavy showers of horizontal drizzle and some torrential rain.
A poor morning with one shower following the other continuous throughout the watch driven across by the strong wind.
Very little movement although worth the drenching to see 2 Whooper Swans move during a brief dry period. The swans seemed to come up from Fly Flatts Reservoir and headed off >SE.
The water was quiet other than a few BH Gulls and the usual residents. Birds around the edges of the wood were non existant.
BS

VIS MIG :-
18 Redwing........................> SW
2 Fieldfare.........................> SW
2 Cormorant......................>S
8 Chaffinch........................>W
28 Starling.........................>N 2 Squadrons only.
13 BH Gull.........................>SW
2 Whooper Swan..............>SE
BS
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Ogden

Even in the fog this morning, Ogden managed to produce some interesting birds in the way of a Kingfisher, a Dipper and a Great Black-back Gull. The GBBG had been brought down by the poor visibility and it was soon off once the fog started to lift about 9am. There were also loads of the commoner small birds in the bushes around the reservoir taking advantage of the milder conditions which brought out a few bugs. Redwings were heard passing overhead and a group of about 60 was seen over the dam.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oh alright then

Soil Hill 1410 - 1600hrs Foggy, SE Breeze.

Purely for fitness purposes you understand, but I did see some birds, so for those of you who still like them:

2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Partridge, 30 Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, c35 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch, Blackbird, 2 Stonechat.

Among a party of 16 Gull > NW 3 Common, 12 BHG, and a young brown job looking like Herring but can't rule out LBBG (after all, we all know how crap at Gulls I am).

3 Moorhen, 5 Mallard, 2 Teal, Grey Heron. Pr Golden Plover & 1, maybe 2 Snipe flying about.

SEO seen briefly.

Hope everybody's happy; next instalment probably 2010.

We hope not

Thanks (again) for your help, Nigel. The very least I can do, given that I couldn't get Google to work for me, is to use this facility to add my voice to the protest. We'd all miss the way you've made the blog inclusive and the easy camaraderie you've engendered. Friends from Kirklees, Suffolk and America read it regularly and value it as a means of keeping in touch with the area. How can we survive without the inimitable tales of your quixotic relationship with "The Hill"?  I, too, hope it'll be a short respite, rather than the end-of-era finality you're suggesting and that you soon re-capture what you love about it. Best wishes Denise 

Monday, October 19, 2009

End of an Era

I have decided to finish posting to this blog myself, but have left it open for those who think it worthwhile until such times it runs out of steam. Perhaps you may consider joining forces with the Halifax Birders or BOG blogs in order that all reports are consolidated.

Email posting is now set back to automatic post - sighs of relief from Denise I should think!


Brian's permissions level has been upgraded to that of Admin effectively meaning he can do what he wants with the blog.


What started out as a pleasurable hobby has become close to an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). For the past few months I haven't felt rewarded by any birds I have observed, but I have become disproportionately annoyed by my failure to see birds on the same patch that others see. For instance:


Soil Hill 19/10/09 1000 hrs - 2 Short Eared Owl, 1 Jack Snipe (KM) I missed these by 15 minutes! When something like this ruins your day, it's time to move on.


Good Birding

FW: Sunday





Subject: Sunday 18/10

Hi Nigel,

I tried to post the other day- nothing earth-shattering again- but failed.


After Brian's amazing success today, I thought I should tell how the other half live. I was up at Ned Hill this morning from 7:15 until around 9:15. 24 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Alba Wagtail, 7 Wood-pigeon, 1 lost-looking Starling, 7 Redwing>W, 8 Fieldfare>W and some bloke walking about in a field by Back Lane.


I was taking pictures of the 4 Roe Deer, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw something with broad, pale wings flying into a gully at the side of the hill. I decided to drive round to see if there was anything hunting round the other side- there wasn't.


There must be some joke in there about not being able to see anything because I was on the fourth Roe... Denise

NB You didn't fail to post the news on the Lapwings last week in Shelf Moor Denise, I
deleted it accidentally - apologies.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

This afternoon
2 Skylark
12 Meadow Pipits
1 Reed Bunting
c50 Carrion Crows
25 Jackdaws
1 Sparrowhawk

Ploughcroft
1 Great black-backed Gull >N
6 Common Gull >SW
1 Kestrel
2 Jay
120 Woodpigeons heading into roost in Shibden Valley

Soil Hill pm . A Double Flush.

Bad photo of a good bird. SEO
Murky skies down the Calder Valley.


18/10/2009 1500-1600hrs Poor visibility 360 degrees. Cold SW>4 Drizzle

Empty skies over Soil Hill this p.m. and only a scattering of Mipits to keep me occupied until I walked over the ridge and nearly stood on a Short Eared Owl. When I gathered myself and the heartbeat slowed down I walked across in the direction that the owl took and got my second flush in the form of a female Ring Ouzel. This bird flew over the farm to the SE corner and came down behind the buildings which are inaccessible. Not bad for 1 hours birding

Shelf Moor 1700hrs
c 80 Lapwing in gorse field.
BS
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Back Lane

Murky skies to the south. Calder valley
Towards Ringby
Emley Moor Mast in the mist

18/10/2009 0715-1015hrs Very still, poor distance visibility. Some blue skies to east.
A mixed morning with a good start followed by a lull until 0915hrs when a hectic 45 mins occured with large numbers of thrushes. By 1000hrs the skies were empty.

Vis Mig :-
14 Lapwing.................................>W
4 Snipe........................................>W
271 BH Gull...............................>SW
362 Woodpigeon.......................>S and >SW
695 Starling..............................>NW
8 Brambling..............................>W
29 Chaffinch..............................>W
6 Greenfinch............................>W
1062 Fieldfare..........................>W and >NW
640 Redwing.............................>W and >NW
2 Mistle Thrush...........................>W
128 Jackdaw...............................>SW
15 Meadow Pipit.........................>SW
8 Skylark.....................................>W
8 Cormorant...............................>W 4 and 4
6 Jay............................................>W
18 LBB Gull.................................>W
2 Wigeon......................................>E
8 Blackbird..................................>W

Present :-
Sev tit flocks
L.T. Tits everywhere
3 Brambling on lodge house feeders
BS
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Contrasting Day

Soil Hill was depressingly quiet at 1115hrs, with just c25 Meadow Pipit moving.

Ogden Res 1220hrs was quiet at the start, apart from 7 Redwing. I was so fed up at not seeing birds I went up to the Giants Tooth area where there were several Redwing, 4 Fieldfare & 1 Mistle Thrush moving about. There was a flock of c10 Siskin and 3 Blackbird up here too.

Back down the slope in the area where I believe CK got his Marsh Tit, I stopped to watch a party of Coal, Great & Blue Tit. I kept hearing a pr of birds giving different calls that I remember from the distant past, a kind of buzzing/wheezing sound. Eventually I did see them fly across the canopy, but couldn't catch any discerning features due to brevity. All the same when I got home and listened to various call recordings, I feel that Willow Tit is a distinct possibility.

Other: Bullfinch, Jay, 2 GSW.

Friday, October 16, 2009

FW: Ogden Water Working Party.



From: anthony.greenwood
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:20:33 +0100
Subject: Ogden Water Working Party.


Gavin D is organising a working party on Saturday 24th October, 10.00 till 3.00 or whatever time you can spare. We will be constructing wildlife habitats and possibly bird boxes for a new venture within the wood.

It would be really great to get a few Friends to help out!

Turn up on the day is ok, and if possible let Gavin know beforehand on joyce_davidson@hotmail.com

Regards

Anthony G

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Murky Hill

Wrong once again on expecting grounded goodies on Soil Hill at 1110hrs in the mist.

4 Mallard, Common Gull, c30 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, Snipe, 3 Golfinch, 10 Linnet.

One of the 5 Robins (presumed Continental) present up the slope was singing loudly and I must admit to my old earholes it bore only slight resemblance to the Brit song .

Blackbird, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat. 10 Grey Partridge in 3 separate flushes of 3, 5 & 2.

3 Roe Deer.

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

Early afternoon
2 Snipe
20 Goldfinch
5 Linnet
43 Starlings >N
25 Meadow Pipits
1 Little Owl

3 bats feeding high over Lee Lane - Shibden Valley - see comments on Calderdale birds

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vis Mig, A quieter day.

14/10/2009
Thick fog as I walked to work this morning but vertical vision through the fog showed blue skies with Meadow Pipits and Redwings moving over but at a much lesser extent than yesterday. Unlike yesterdays birds everything was going >W. By 0845hrs the fog had cleared leaving bright blue skies and sunshine with no more movement to be seen. At 1000hrs the sky clouded over and this marked the start of Woodpigeons again moving >S but on a much smaller scale with small groups of 4 and 5.

Redwings....................c 80 >W
Meadow Pipit.............c 30 >W
Woodpigeon...............c 120 >S
BS

Common Gull flock now up to 28 in Foxhill park.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

From home

50 Redwings over first thing this morning headed West.


Shibden afternoon.

90 Fieldfares from the East.
min. 70 Redwings in bushes
min. 220 Redwings going north, north east and west. (3 groups of)
Min. 200 Woodpigs in the valley with a few (proportionally) obvious movers up high and Southbound.

Also:
1 Jay
11 LT tits
1 Kes
1 Sprawk
1 Bullfinch
4 Mipits
35 Goldfinches
2 Mistle Thrushes
1 Little Owl
4 Chaffinches
1 Robin
1 Dunnock
1 Wren
1 Coal Tit
5 Blue Tits
5 Great Tits

The Smell of Vis Mig

13/10/2009
The sweet scent of vis mig was in the air as I set off walking to work at 0730 hrs,it was one of those mornings when vis miggers know that its just right.
Meadow Pipits were the first birds over >S followed by a continous flow of Redwings also >S.
By the time I got to work Jackdaws and Woodpigeons were coming over in droves directly >S and then came the Fieldfares also >S. A few phone calls soon determined that HC at Oxenhope and DJS at Hunger Hill were swamped with birds coming over in swarms.
Unfortunately cars were queueing up for repair so it was head down time for me although every time I looked out they were still coming over. My dog walk up Foxhill at lunchtime saw empty skies as if it had never happened. I think DJS and HC are still at their watchpoints now counting by torchlight. What a Day.

Casual observations to and at work, hundreds missed.

Meadow Pipit...........c 180 >S
Redwing....................c 350 >S
Fieldfare...................c 250 >S
Woodpigeon..............c 200 >S
Jackdaw....................c200 >S
BS

Mini Vis Mig

Sensing the atmosphere was bang on, I got down to Shelf Moor and did a circular to Shibden East and back at 0830hrs.

5 Meadow Pipit, 2 LBBG, numerous Corvids. c400 Starling > W & 50 Fieldfare > W.

The bushes and trees were holding several Chaffinch, Blue Tits, Robins, Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush and a few Redwing. There had been some movement of Woodpigeon, about 40 birds seen in 3/4 trees.

Also Jay, 2 GSW & 1 Green Woodpecker.

Soil Hill 1110 hrs - 100+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 5 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch.

As I trailed a Snipe flying NW, I picked up 40 Fieldfare also heading same direction. 10 of these veered off just over head height and flew toward Ogden.

Also 3 Kestrel, 4 Stonechat and about twice the normal allocation of Magpie.

Just as I thought it was over; Mountain 1315hrs 120 Redwing > W then 80 Fieldfare W.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

Common Buzzard at 13:00 over Ringby Lane - seen from Pepper Hill (just south of the ski-slope) It went to a great height after mobbing by a corvid then drifted off over Halifax towards Norland
1 Skylark >W
11 Linnet and 20 Meadow Pipits >NW
Also present - 15 Mistle Thrush, 6 Goldfinch, c60 Starlings

Ploughcroft
2 Herring Gulls >W (adult and juv/1st winter)
1 Little Owl

Also later - 16 Lapwings >E over Bradshaw

Ogden & The Hill

A pleasant sunny day and as expected not great for birds at Ogden Res 1130 hrs. The expected species were quiet, the exception being the influx of Robins. I did get about 40 seconds worth of weak LSW type calls, but not enough to substantiate a bird I didn't see. Of note were 4 Redpoll & 7 Siskin.

Soil Hill 1250 hrs: c35 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 BHG > SW.

Snipe flushed from bottom slope; 5 Grey Partridge also flushed. Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, pr Linnet, pr Goldfinch, 3 Stonechat.

Green Woodpecker seen on same patch of heather as previously reported.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ringby Lane (Swales Moor)

This afternoon: (Looking for Snow Buntings!!!)
4 Linnet
2 Skylark
15 Meadow Pipits

1 Little Owl at Ploughcroft

Tiring work this vis migging

A rest at last after a hard vis mig session.
BS
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Soil Hill p.m.

11/10/2009 Strong WNW>6 Bright and clear. 1500-1600hrs

No rain to contend with this p.m. just a gale force wind instead.
1 hours watching from squat under the wall to escape the wind just produced :-

5 Snipe very high >W 3 and 2.
3 Cormorant >W
The cormorants were first spotted over Whetstone Gate flying directly over my head at speed against the wind.
I had the camera ready for that special shot but as they came over in bright light the camera was showing too bright and no focus, all I got was 3 black blurs. If anyone goes to the NK pond can they please fetch my camera back from where it landed!

Soil Hill itself was void of bird life other than a few Mipits and Skylarks.
BS
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Back Lane

Brightness over Ringby. south
Rain down the Calder Valley south west
Sun shines on the righteous, bright over Oxenhope . NE


11/10/2009 0715- 1000hrs Low cloud, heavy showers throughout, W>4
What started as a good morning was soon spoilt when continous heavy showers started coming across from the NW and continued to do so throughout the watch. Movement was good but slowed down by each shower.
The reservoir was very quiet with nothing on the water apart from a few B H Gulls and the usual Mallard. Tit flocks were plenty, as were Goldcrest,Blackbird and Robin. A late Willow Warbler was a nice suprise.

Vis Mig :-

15 Meadow Pipit..........................>W
71 BH Gull....................................>SW
85 Redwing.................................>NE and >NW
7 Fieldfare..................................>NW
11 Mistle Thrush........................>NW
8 Snipe.........................................>SW
4 Alba Wagtail............................>W
32 Chaffinch...............................>W
49 Greenfinch.............................>W
13 Goldfinch................................>W
7 Siskin........................................>W
2 Skylark.....................................>SW
21 Woodpigeons.........................>S
98 Starling...................................>NW
2 Jay............................................>W

Present :-

1 Willow Warbler
Sev, Goldcrest, Blackbirds and Robins.
Numerous Tit flocks
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
BS
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Queensbury Today

10/10/2009
Not the big rush of Redwings that I expected this morning as I viewed to and at work although a few flocks of 20 to 25 went over >W, c 120 in total.
This evening 1915hrs whilst dog walking several Redwings were heard moving over in the heavy drizzle.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Ogden then SH

Ogden Res 1135 hrs - on the quiet side. The Dipper was showing well in the overflow, pity about the distance.

Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, GSW, 8 Siskin. There were a few Blackbirds about but no sign of the big Redwing flock as per BS phone call.

Soil Hill 1250 hrs - just a few Meadow Pipit and only 1 Skylark, however it did have a surprise in the shape of a largish bird in the heather. Turned out to be a Green Woodpecker!

Also Grey Heron, Snipe, Pheasant, Kestrel, 18 Lapwing. c25 BHG > Ogden methinks.

Raggalds sportsfield - c30 usual sp Gull, 20 Greenfinch.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ogden

4 Siskin over Back lane along with 1 Skylark and a few Mipits
2 Stonechat in the top end of Ogden Clough
1 Cormorant
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
3 Reed Buntings by the golf course

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Oats Royd

1330 hrs Calm and Sunny - too good for birds!

Pied & Grey Wagtail; handful BHG & Common Gull. Moorhen, Kestrel, 2 Jay, Magpies & Crows.

Blackbird, GSW, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Bullfinch, 5 Greenfinch. A few Goldcrest, Blue & Great Tit.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Ogden

Mid-day:
55 Common Gulls - all adults, came in to bathe
11 B H Gulls
1 Tufted Duck
1 Dipper
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Redwings and 15 Mistle Thrush >SW
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
40+L T Tits (they were everywhere)
2 Treecreepers
c12 Goldcrest
30 Jackdaws flew over the res'r >N
28 Goldfinch
c20 Meadow Pipits

Saturday

A wild and windy morning at Shelf Moor. Most birds seemed to be sheltering out of sight.
A single Canada Goose flew along Green Lane; a Greenfinch and a Blue Tit blew past and the usual Crows, Jackdaws and Magpies tried to stay glued to the ground. The Lapwings in Corporal Lane were up to 86 (with 3 stragglers in Brackens Lane)  and accompanied by 300+ Starlings. Only 5 Goldfinch, a Greenfinch and both male and female GSWs on my feeders at home. Denise


Monday, October 05, 2009

Ploughcroft and upper Shibden Valley and Ringby

This afternoon
Ploughcroft
1 Little Owl
1 Chiff-chaff (in the garden at the top before the X roads) with L T Tits
26 Meadow Pipits
2 Jay
2 Red Fox (probably juvs - in the fields below Ploughcroft behind Claremount Road)

upper Shibden Valley
2 Raven >NW over the valley calling
2 Swallows
1 Redpoll over
12+ Jays - they are everywhere!
1 Sparrowhawk
40+ Woodpigeon
1 Grey Heron
2 Bullfinch

c80 Lapwing in the distance over the fields towards Denholme Gate Road

Ringby Lane
40+ Linnet
c12 Meadow Pipit
c10 Goldfinch
40+ Carrion Crows

Oats Royd full of Blackbirds

Oats Royd this morning was full of Blackbirds. I estimate 30-50 individuals. Never seen so many in one small area. They all seemed to be frantically feeding on berries. Other birds of note were 4 Coal Tit, 9 Bullfinch, 2 Common Gull, 1 Grey wagtail, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron + usual species.

Pretty Flying Geese



Ogden Res 1010hrs Rock n Roll: the place was full of birdsong.

Grey Wagtail, 6 Jay, GSW, Siskin, Crossbill, 4 Redwing plus a party of 8 distant thrushes > W.

At 1050 hrs 41 PFG flew over from the SE, circled 4 times and returned in same direction, taking them over Soil Hill bottom.



Then 2 female Goosander flew in, splashed down and swam around for about 7 minutes before leaving.

Also Moorhen, 3 Common & 40+ BHG. I watched one BHG make a real glutton of itself by simply ducking under in the shallows and catching inch long fish.

Soil Hill 1210hrs - despite being calm nothing on top field. Mind you, there were about 4 lorries trundling up and down.

Meadow Pipit were in a frenzy so were hard to count, but at least 65. 2 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 female Stonechat, 2 Goldfinch. 10 Linnet broke the sequence.

Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover circling, Cormorant > W toward Ogden.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Soil Hill

Rain approaching from the west

04/10/2009 1500-1600hrs Sunny, heavy showers. W>4
Deadly quiet on the hill with a scattering of Mipits still moving.

25 Meadow Pipit >SW
4 LBB Gulls >W
Few Skylarks and Mipits on hill.
BS
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Ogden/ Back Lane

Looking west from Back Lane

04/10/2009 0745-1045hrs Cold WNW>4 heavy showers, blue skies and sunshine.

A quiet start although I started late but things progressed as the morning went on.
Unfortunately missed 19 PF Geese over Soil Hill early on, thanks for the call DCB.
Otherwise a good morning with finches being one of the main movers.
The highlight being 4 noisy Fieldfare >N over the plantation.

VIS MIG :-
480 Meadow Pipit ............................>W
4 Grey Wagtail .................................>SW
18 Alba Wagtail ................................>SW
3 Gt Spotted Wdpecker...................>W very high
6 Swallow..........................................>S
1 House Martin..................................>S
32 Greenfinch....................................>W
146 Chaffinch.....................................>W
2 Reed Bunting..................................>W
11 Linnet ............................................>W
9 Snipe................................................>W
12 Mistle Thrush...............................NW
4 Fieldfare..........................................>N
11 Woodpigeons.................................>S
17 Siskins............................................>W

Also present :-
1 Little Grebe
2 Tufted
6 Goldcrest
sev tit flocks
+ usual sp.
No Cormorant or Goosander.
BS
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Friday, October 02, 2009

Well O/O/A

Out Of Area - Blacktoft Sands: Cool, breezy at times, overcast grey and quiet. Some of the species present:








Tree Sparrows are common here!

Skylark, Snipe, Redshank, Bar & Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Little Stint. A Wader flying close to one hide and dropping into deep cover may have been Green Sandpiper.


Moorhen, Mallard, Shoveller, Teal, Shelduck. PFG seen a number of times, ranging from a party of 16 over the hides upto 400 in the area.


An Arctic Tern flew over one hide - well done Dave Pinder. In the distance a Marsh Harrier was seen briefly before it dropped down into the Reeds

A Barn Owl nest box had such a bird in it, teasing us by coming to the entrance but never actually flying out. Grey Heron, Reed Bunting, Stonechat also seen.