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Friday, July 29, 2011

Busy Ogden Res

Ogden 1005-1300hrs quite lively today with YLG, Common Tern, Cormorant and 4 Tufted Duck to compliment the LBB, Common and BH Gulls present.

There was passing trade too with a flock of Great, Blue and Coal Tit feeding on the move. Among these were a few Willow Warbler, Treecreeper and Bullfinch. A Siskin was also heard and a Grey Heron flew over.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Thanks, Nigel, for the timely reminder that I need to get out more! I managed to get a few shots of your gull-including some snatched flight shots, when it decided to set off in the direction of Thornton Moor at about 5:30pm.

Incidentally, just before I set off, there were 3 juv Bullfinches on the garden feeder and a male Blackcap dropped in for a bath and to investigate the Rowan berries.

Soil Hill Goody

Despite all the noise from the working machinery, Soil Hill still continues to turn up the goodies. At around 1305hrs I was down by the old cabin watching the Whitethroat family perform when I got sight of a Sedge Warbler in the same bush! I watched it for a good 3 minutes and even when it moved with the 'throats to another bush it showed well.
Other: RLP, Grey Heron, Kestrel, c28 LBBG, 3 Skylark, 70+ Linnet, c25 Meadow Pipit.

The Yellow-legged Gull (click link to Birdguides pic) continues to show at Ogden Res. This morning at around 1015hrs it was present among c75 LBBGs. For once the BHG were well outnumbered as were the c7 Common Gull.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ogden to Soil Hill

This little beauty stood seperate from the 9+ LBB & c35 BH Gulls at Ogden Res around lunchtime today.

It was rather full of people too so not many other birds seen other than pr Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Swallows & Swifts.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Juveniles From Park Lane

We still have a pair of Bullfinches and the two juveniles. Although the adults were very tolerant of the other pair and the lone male, when they all visited at the same time, there's no love lost between these siblings.

A few more breeding records from the past week.
The 3 young Jays have been trying to work out what's on the menu, testing all manner of things from slugs to feathers. Daisies were popular at one point.

The regular pair of Stock Doves brought in a single young bird and we finally saw 2 young Goldfinches.

We had another brief sighting of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth on Tuesday. Still no pictures.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ogden Oystercatcher

Ogden Res 1115-1235hrs; quiet again but also interesting. Two Oystercatcher were present among the Gulls; one had a rudimentary ring just above the foot on its right leg. Click on the photo to enlarge:

The only other wader present was a Common Sandpiper. There were 8 LBB, 4 Common & c25 BH Gulls. Also Bullfinch, House Martin, 4 Swift, c18 Swallow and usual expected. 

Soil Hill Stranger

SH 0945-1100hrs the fresh NE turning N wind was responsible for some movement this morning. The oddest was a Great Spotted Woodpecker. The Bird flew in from NE and landed on top of telegraph pole at Causeway Foot where it stayed for about a minute

Others: c45 Swift feeding, Sand Martin, 4 Swallow. The landfill produced 2 Common, c32 LBB & 1 YL Gull. Also 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Linnet, Reed Bunting, and expected.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Out of Area

Another day in the wilderness courtesy of DP. A group of 5 Siskin provided great entertainment and education as they perched on telegraph wires and then flew down to feast on thistles. All this took place some 200 metres away from the large pine forested area, with just one or two birds flying back and forth noisily.
A pr Buzzard showed well on three occasions with a Kestrel being the only other raptor noted. Throughout the duration, approx 3 hours, a steady trickle of mainly LBB but also a few BH Gulls headed N.

Other birds: pr Oystercatcher; one of which could fly and not remain static as in the photo. Tree Pipit, pr Grey Wagtail, pr Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, House Martin. The latter were actually a breeding colony in one of the few buildings to be found in the area and were great to watch.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Foreboding Fly Flatts

Arrived at 1105hrs and walked round the perimeter, finishing at 1235hrs. The leaden skies and fresh N/NW'ly made me think I'd dropped a clanger, but it turned out quite satisfactory. There were 3 Wheatear, Oystercatcher, 3 Rook (a personal first) 2 Linnet, Kestrel and Curlew by the Withens.

FF - Pied Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, pr Curlew, pr Kestrel, Red Grouse, Common Sandpiper, 7 LBBG, 4 BHG, 5 Swift. The crowning moment came when a Peregrine Falcon flew over, flushing 2 Dunlin and a Redshank. It half circled close by me then whizzed off North.

Ogden Res

1325-1445hrs Quiet but I got lucky while sitting down for lunch. This Spotit Flypastyer stayed atop this tree for about 7 minutes - long enough to take this putrid pic at least.
One juv Willow Warbler looked liked it had only been out of the nest for a day. There was a Chiffchaff calling and a Grey Wagtail over the water. There were quite a number of Swallow including juveniles present and one Swift. Beyond that it was down to gulls; BHG numbered over a 100, c10 LBBG were present, but I could only see 4 Common Gull. Oh lets not forget the 12 Canada Geese.
Try as I may, this bird would not cooperate

Thursday, July 14, 2011


These LBBG pics were taken at Ogden in the afternoon where there were 16 birds in total. Alongside them were 5 Common and c45 BH Gull. Generally it was very quiet; other birds noted:
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Swift and woodland species.

Prior to this I had been at Fly Flatts from 1100-1205hrs where it too had been quiet. 13 LBBG were present here but no other gull species seen. Also 2 juv Wheatear, 3 Skylark, pr Twite - all by the feeding station as were a few Meadow Pipit. Waders were down to Curlew, LRP & 4 Common Sandpiper.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Nowhere Local

Took a day out on Mon 11th courtesy of DP to the coast which turned out rather productive to say the least. Prior to visiting Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve we had seen Herring Gull, Corn Bunting and Hobby in the vicinity of Withernsea. Birds at Blacktoft:

6 Little Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 5 Marsh Harrier, 6 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, c11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, c8 Redshank, 7 Spotted Redshank, 5 Avocet, Shelduck, Teal, Shoveller, 6 Greylag and other waterfowl. Sedge Warbler showed well, while c5 Reed Warbler sang regularly and a single burst of Grasshopper Warbler was heard.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Moths etc

We also had a couple of unusual things in the garden yesterday, Nigel. It must have been the weather. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth came in for the second time yesterday. I also saw it earlier in the week but the camera wasn't to hand either time. The second surprise was this Banded Demoiselle which was slightly more co-operative.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Soil Hill

A calm Hill from 0820-0945hrs. Not much doing but a very encouraging sight of a juvenile Stonechat down the bottom end. A couple of summers ago it was normal to get this species regularly, but two successive harsh winters changed everything. Also:
2 Whitethroat, 2 Swift, 3 Reed Bunting, 10 Skylark, c25 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Linnet, pr Greenfinch, Goldfinches. The only gulls were 2 BH, 1 Common & 1 LBB heading west Ogden way.

I was quite chuffed to get another Moth garden tick with this 6 Spot Burnet on the stone flags!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Gulls Back on t'Mill

It's that time of year again. This morning there were 16 BH & at least 1 Common Gull back on the shed roof of Black Dyke Mills. I'm thinking of calling it the Laridae Lounge as it's so accomodating.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Fly Flatts to Ogden

Fly Flatts from 1050-1205hrs quiet in a fresh SE'ly with leaden skies. Nothing on the water owing the Fire Brigade on manouevres in their brightly coloured boats.
3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, LRP, pr Grey Partridge. Plenty of moving Meadow Pipit and one of the juv Wheatear now at Cold Edge.
I walked across Ovenden Moor and was in proximity to a chipping Snipe only a few metres away, but could not see it, also just two Curlew here.
Somebody has lost a pr Binoculars - see the text below the blog header.

Ogden 1335hrs I promise this will be the last Redshank pic.
An Oystercatcher flew in from the south and whizzed around a bit before flushing another Redshank at the top end. I think they both flew off together as I couldn't relocate them on arrival there. However the one pictured continued to feed below the promenade quite unconcerned about human presence.
Also 55+ BHG, 3 Common Gull and a solitary LBBG.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

More Ogden Reds

I couldn't believe my luck at Ogden today at 1235hrs when 3 more Redshank turned up. Never rains it pours I guess (which it did frequently).
Also present was the Common Sandpiper and adult YLG along with 4 LBB, 2 Common & 11 BH Gull. A Grey Heron flew low down overhead  > SE.

Fly Flatts Tick

I gambled wrongly that the Common Scoter may still well be present owing to the weather conditions and got up to Fly at 0955hrs. There was a commotion from waders in the near corner from the track and I was glad to see the culprit as it took off and flew across the drink toward the Boat House where it then turned right. A cracking adult Hobby, which was not only great compensation but also a tick for this year. I think it had been perching in one of the two bushes there, or on the fence.
Other: 5 LBBG, 2 LRP, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 8+ Swift.
Oystercatcher, Curlew and Snipe were present in the Withens area.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Park Lane Bullfinches

The Bullfinches have continued to visit the garden daily for the past month so it's good to see that at least one of the pairs has bred successfully.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Ogden Tick

Decided to call in at Ogden Res at approx 1340hrs after a session at Fly Flatts. This was a good call as I nailed this Redshank up at the top N shoreline near the main channel. A common wader yes, but it's the first in 11 years of trying at this site for me and made my day.
The Common Sandpiper was present too but wasn't interested in being photographed. There were about 30 BHG present along with 2 Common & 2 LBB Gull - I got lucky with this one:

Withens and Fly Flatts

Arrived at Fly Flatts at 1110hrs after waltzing up from Ogden and Withens, stayin until 1230 hrs - DJS and ND skilfully managing to avoid me. Withens:
Whinchat singing away; pr Lapwing and a Golden Plover both showing indications of nearby young. There was a Little Owl perched on a wire on the return leg here, eyeing up 7 adjacent Linnet.

Fly Flatts, GC Grebe, 4 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wheatear, Reed Bunting, Curlew, 2 BHG. A distant plover on the far shore appeared to be a Ringed rather than LR Plover. Also 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Skylark and numerous Meadow Pipit. I had one puzzle in the form of a calling bird down at the N end - couldn't work out the call no matter how I tried. Another one of those wish I hadn't encountered it jobs.