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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Unseasonal Ogden Visitor

Pink-footed Goose  still there at 1335 hrs today.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ogden Fly Flatts Circular

Ogden Res approx 1005 hrs Kicked off with an annual below the Lodge House - good views of a singing Tree Pipit. See DJS report today also. I decided to visit FF as Dave was covering Ogden and return in the afternoon.

Fly Flatts 1105-1305hrs - very blustery NW winds but remained dry. 3 Common Sandpiper,  Ringed Plover and Dunlin still there in similar numbers as previous with a couple of Redshank and the Curlews. I noted for the fourth time that Golden Plover are thin on the ground this Spring around here. There was a Swift bonanza to be had; 25+ birds low over the water and this a conservative estimate. 6 LBBG and a pr BHG were knocking around the top end, but no Wheatear nor Twite seen today.

Ogden 1335hrs after receiving a mouth watering text from DJS. I failed to see one of 8 Spot-it Flypastyou even though at one stage I could hear a couple calling. I did catch: Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and several Willow Warbler plus other usuals. A Common Sandpiper led me a merry dance creeping around vegetation on a bank until it revealed it's full plumage. Here too and also down at Bradshaw, Swift were very evident.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wader City and Ogden Res

Fly Flatts approx 1020hrs with DP. Still c10 Dunlin and ditto Ringed Plover present along with single LRP and 6 Common Sandpiper. Also pr Redshank and 3 Pied Wagtail, pr Wheatear, pr Twite, Reed Bunting, Red Grouse, Curlews. We searched the entire shoreline for Sanderling and both concluded there were none present. On departure we got a pr Swift flying around over the water.

Ogden Res approx 1250hrs quite a few fledglings about e.g Coal Tit, Wren, Willow Warbler and Mistle Thrush family. We had great views of pr Chaffinch mating on a wall for a couple of minutes and I was happy in the knowledge my camera was secure at the bottom of my rucksack (thats a blatant lie). Other:
4 Swift, Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, singing Willows, breeding Great Tit. On the shoreline a Grey Heron was prowling around and again as we were about to depart a pr Common Sandpiper showed up.
Thanks for the lift Dave.

PS Grey Wagtail over my house calling in flight on arrival home.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Record Pulled

I'm withdrawing this record of Little Stint, reasons:

1. Comments made
2. I listened to Sanderling calls and sadly (for me) they are too close to Little Stint to differentiate in such a small time scale experienced. Although the bird gave good views and appeared smaller than a Skylark, it's better to be safe than sorry, which I am, big time.

Soak and Blow Dry Sir?

Ogden Res 1305hrs. Went to check the receded shoreline for waders, good to know there were two other idiots walking round besides me. I got soaked to the skin and there wasn't a wader in sight, just 3 soddened Mallards on the drink. I did get Sand Martin along with a handful of Swallows, LBBG and heard Willow Warblers, Nuthatch and Blackcap.

At about 1405hrs it stopped raining and as I could see blue skies over Warley Moor I crawled up to Soil Hill for blow dry in the savage SW wind. Here were about 16 scattered Linnet, a few Meadow Pipit and a fair number of Skylark. I'm pleased to say I can confirm succesful breeding of the latter, even more pleased to say I missed standing on the nest of fledglings by less than a metre! Also Wheatear, LBBG, Blackbird, Swallow.

Queensbury North on way back - my first local Swift at Foxhill and LBBG.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Park Lane Garden

This Bullfinch came in yesterday afternoon and was here again today. We don't see many but they've been in in May in previous years too.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fly Flatts Little Stint

Arrived at Wader City to quote AC (Great to see you mate)at approx 1055hrs. Had a good natter then decided to visit the far end again. Hey Presto at about 1125 on cue as Brian Sumner's prediction, I was lucky enough to get a Little Stint in flight low down directly overhead and calling to boot. The bird half circled and went down on the far NE corner, so off I galloped. After nearly 25 mins I concluded it had either gone or flown off to other parts of the area.
Back at the corner by the Boat House I relocated the bird at 1235 hrs and advised DJS. Then I managed to get off two pictures, one really putrid, the other bordering on almost acceptable.
Other birds same as previous; well I didn't see any Knot, but I did catch the small Dunlin as reported on the Calderdale blog.
After deliberating I conclude this is too bulky to be the Stint and is probably Sanderling

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fly Flatts & Cold Edge

Fly Flatts approx 1055-1255hrs. Still busy with waders, I couldn't see what was over at the far side (Boating Club shore) but everywhere else:

4 Greylag, Pied Wagtail, Twite, pr Oystercatcher, pr Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover, pr Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, c14 Dunlin, 4 Curlew, Red Grouse. Also couple of Skylark and Meadow Pipits.

Cold Edge Dams approx 1320hrs. The farmhouse Cat (opposite Wind Farm CP) was carrying a baby rabbit in its mouth. Birds:
Grasshopper Warbler, c8 Linnet, 5 Willow Warbler, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, pr Swift, Lapwing and other.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Turkey Bird Compilation

I'm continuing with the saga and have decided to do so on a day by day account, so far I have started Day One. I would appreciate those of you that have time to view the page, click on Day One and use your browser to get back to the report page. If you find any broken links or mistakes please add to the comments section - much appreciated in advance, thanks a bunch

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Back to Earth

...with a very gentle landing I must say. Although I got rained on and blew around a bit, it was worth it for the really good birds seen.
Ogden Res en route in both directions to Fly Flatts. Grasshopper Warbler reeling very close by the track at 1030hrs. It was seen to fly briefly and then drop into the grassy area at the treeline before the open moor.
Also 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk and the usual expected.

The walk along Cold Edge Rd and around Fly Flatts from 1120-1255hrs produced:
Canada Goose 2
Dunlin 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2
Mallard 2
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 2
Redshank 2
Snipe 2
Curlew 3

Common Sandpiper 3
Green Sandpiper 1
Little Ringed Plover 1
Meadow Pipit 3

Red Grouse 1
Ringed Plover 3
Wheatear 1
Total number of species 16

The Green Sandpiper was flushed from the drainage inlet at the far end of the lake. It flew onto the nearby shoreline, staying for 10 minutes and gave satisfactory to fair views (visibility not exactly magic today).

Friday, May 13, 2011

I'm back

Back in the UK Groove and by christ I'm dreading it after a bloomin marvellous bit o birdin in Turkey.