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Friday, June 29, 2012

SW'ly Quencher

Sure enough this mornings SW Killer did the business at both venues.
Soil Hell 0945-1025hrs Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, pr Mallard, 2 Curlew, RLP, c10 Starling, 2 Linnet, Whitethroat, c20 Crows. This was top area only, didn't fancy N slope as heavy traffic up and down from excavations.

Ogden Res 1035hrs Snipe flying around Back Lane. Only Gulls seen were 1 BHG & 1 LBBG. Swift, Tree Pipit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willows, Bullfinch, few Swallow, Kestrel.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cornwall Redpoll Mystery

This bird was singing and flying around the gorse bushes at Bowithick, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall at approx 1025 hrs on Saturday June 23rd. Unusual to get a Redpoll here I thought and luckily (or unluckily I'm beginning to think) it allowed some decent photographs. First, try looking for any traces of even the faintest Pink or Red, you won't find any. The throat is yellowy green as is the patch on the front of the head. Second, I couldn't find any brown, the overall colour were light or slightly darker shades of grey. I've looked at Redpoll ssp, e.g Hoary and nothing matches. I looked at Siskin with the same result, also Siskin song is totally different. I'm baffled and will send this on to the industrial strength birders at BTO, RSPB etc. Meanwhile if you manage to work it out, please please educate me.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Park Lane

A single GSW juv in the garden this evening.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Green Lane

One of the Green Lane Little Owls was obliging this evening.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fly Flatts to Ogden

Wired Common Sandpiper
Fly Flatts approx 1135-1340 hrs. 4 Twite by the feeding station incl a juvenile; took photo's - focussing crap.
Several Swift, c10 Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Wheatear, Kestrel. The large herd of Canada Geese has been reduced by one - body on the bank with most of flesh consumed by unknown animal. Also c55 Carrion Crow together; I've never seen a gathering of this size here before.

Ovenden Moor lucky to get Buzzard over NE.
Ogden Res - 4 Lapwing, pr Curlew, 1 LBBG > NW. The Tree Pipit seen recently at Giants Tooth was in full song display flight. Pr GC Grebe still on the water but nothing else besides usual Mallard and Canada loafing on bank. 4 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 5 ditto Willow Warbler. A Spotted Flycatcher was giving great views as it sallied forth from low bushes overhanging the lake. Here too several Swift were present.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Soil Hill Success

7 Whitethroat on Soil Hill at 1300 hrs today. The juvenile at the top and the adult below are part of a family of 6 birds on the  NE (bottom Cabin) side of the hill. The Ned Hill track bird was singing loudly.

Also Curlew, 1 RLP, 5 Swift, 3 Reed Bunting, Kestrel carrying prey and usual Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Linnet. A Stonechat with quite a noticeable big pale buff/white rump patch was seen in flight briefly before disappearing into the undergrowth. I'll try and investigate this in the next 3 days, especially as it's the first of the year at this location for me.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Queensbury Website Update

Birdbrain: Wild Queensbury Update

BS has now helped me ratify the list for Soil Hill which stands at 117 species. He reminded me to add Redshank a species I have seen there myself! This surely proves the need for verification on any individual providing a report. My next move is to actually list the species seperately from the Soil Hill page to provide easier viewing.

Meanwhile have a gander at the Brian Sumner page of the website which provides some interesting news of scarce and locally rare birds that turned up a few years back.
This can be published on West Yorkshire Birding by clicking the link and copying the URL then choosing a Text box Gadget and pasting the link into your chosen phrase (e.g Brian Sumner page or whatever).
If you so wish, o'course.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Soil Hill then Ogden

SH quiet, just 1 Curlew, 1 LBBG, 3 Grey Partridge, Whitethroat, pr Swift, Dunnock and usual suspects.

Ogden Res 3 Tree Pipit (as before 2 carrying takeaways) GC Grebe, Sand Martin low over water. Like DJS yesterday 1 Crossbill in Pine dropping cone detritus onto the deck. Blackcap a plenty, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and expected but still no GSW.
Here is a Vid of the Tree Pipit singing (a bit quiet so turn speakers up). The mobile at the end is courtesy of DJS.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At Last!

Finally, proof that the Nuthatches have bred in  the area. The adult was in the garden this morning with
this juv and I could hear at least two others calling. I was sure they must have bred last year but there was no clear evidence.
Yesterday's GSW also included, to reassure Brian that they still exist!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ogden Visitors

Ogden Environs

Site Name:Ogden Res (SE03 Q)
Date:Tue, 12 Jun, 2012Time:10:25 - 13:05
SpeciesCommentBreeding Status
Blackbird    6
Blackcap  T - Territoriality over 1 weekcirca 7
Blue Tit    Present
Canada Goose    8
Carrion Crow    Present
Chaffinch    Present
Chiffchaff  T - Territoriality over 1 week1
Curlew    1
Goldcrest  T - Territoriality over 1 week5+
Goldfinch    circa 7
Grey Heron    1
Greylag Goose    2
Lapwing  A - Agitated behaviour/Anxiety calls4
Lesser Black-backed Gull    4
Magpie    Present
Mallard    Present
Meadow Pipit    8+
Robin    Present
Skylark    4
Sparrowhawk  F - Flying1
Spotted Flycatcher    2
Starling    Present
Swallow    3
Swift    5
Tawny Owl  T - Territoriality over 1 week1
Tree PipitTwo adults and unknown nr young plus seperate singing maleFF - Adult carrying food/faecal saccirca 6
Treecreeper    1
Willow Warbler    circa 8
Woodpigeon    Present
Wren    2
Total number of species

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Soil HIll

A Better Day

Site Name:Soil Hill
Date:Sun, 10 Jun, 2012Time:8:35 - 9:50
SpeciesCommentBreeding Status
Blackbird    2
Carrion Crow    Present
CurlewMobbing a KestrelA - Agitated behaviour/Anxiety calls1
Dunnock  S - Singing/breeding calls heard1
Goldfinch    2
Greenfinch    1
Grey Partridge    2
Kestrel    1
Lapwing  A - Agitated behaviour/Anxiety calls4
Lesser Black-backed Gull    3
Linnet    circa 10
Magpie    Present
Mallard    2
Meadow Pipit    6+
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii)Pr and two individualsA - Agitated behaviour/Anxiety calls4
Reed Bunting  T - Territoriality over 1 week3+
Skylark    circa 8
Starling    8+
Swallow    5+
Whitethroat  T - Territoriality over 1 week1
Willow Warbler  S - Singing/breeding calls heard1
Woodpigeon    6
Total number of species

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Wild Queensbury Update

Website Page - Birds

SOIL HILL - I have updated the status of this page (click link and scroll down a couple of inches) which includes the bird species list and the site development by the landowner.
Because Google docs have also upgraded their software it has kindly re-arranged some of the format of all my docs (thanks a lot) however the gist can still be read without too much effort. I would appreciate if BS (poor bugger) would scan the species list and let me know if he has any more knowledge on Red Kite (possible) this was a bird of his from the mid 90's. Somewhere in the back of my head I keep getting noises that a more definite sighting was obtained - of course I too will check.

Comments via the Post or Email welcomed.

Friday, June 08, 2012

A Reet Good Soakin

Ogden Res 1010-1230 hrs. A round trip in rain with a short dry interlude now and then. Once again nothing on the water, however a pr Grey Wagtail were hanging around the W end of the Promenade. I came across a recently fledged Dunnock that is due for recycling sooner rather than later. It had a broken right wing and could only scrabble down the track in front of me. Just minutes after I saw it, a raptor flew over my head with a prey item in it's right talon. It was too quick for me to identify but was Sparrowhawk size.

Blackcaps are doing well here, I easily got 6 singing males along with 1 Garden Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff. Despite the rainfall Willow Warblers were very active giving close up, if brief views as they foraged for insects.
The Tree Pipit was in full display and song flight but was so active a photograph was out of the question. A Mistle Thrush was seen on the nest and a Song Thrush was giving it some vocally.

Soil Hill turned on the H2O both on the ground and in the sky; when I got home everything was saturated.
Kestrel, 7 Skylark, 3 Lapwing, Curlew, 3 LBBG, pr Pied Wagtail, 9+ Linnet, pr Swift and the odd Meadow Pipit.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Wood Warbler II

Ogden Res 1005-1235 hrs ranging from the Promenade upto the top bridge at Ogden Clough. Hard work but it paid off as I found another singing Wood Warbler approx 400 metres away NE from the original bird which was still present and showing well. The second bird was within the wood close to the track but the trees here were fairly dense and prohibited any chance of pictures, still it's an encouraging observation.
In the clough itself was another goody - perched on a fence, closely attended by a Meadow Pipit on either side was a Cuckoo.

Expanding the Crow pic should show hundreds of midges around it's head. Taking advantage of these were a pr Willow Warbler and Long-tailed Tit, both of which went down to their nests nearby. 3 Lesser Redpoll were also in this area. Other birds: 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Swift, Stock Doves, Woodpigs and singing Goldcrests but once again nothing on the water.

Soil Hill approx 1305hrs. Scrapes full of water but only 3 Lapwing up there wader wise. A pr Pheasant have bred; the female and a few chicks flew up in front of me. Also pr Pied Wagtail bred judging by the way they were creating above my head. Other: Kestrel, pr Grey Partridge, few Swift and Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting. I could find no sign of either of the Whitethroat previously reported.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Wood Warbler

At Ogden again this morning. Horrible light, so these are the best I could manage. Also in the same area there was a Spotted Flycatcher and a Blackcap

Monday, June 04, 2012

Wood Warbler

Ogden Res this morning produced a Wood Warbler found by CK and rang through by BS. I managed just 3 fairly acceptable record photos plus a vid that contains a reasonable song recording. This is my first record for the Calderdale area in 11 years as I missed the CK bird at Shibden Head 4 years back.
Other birds include: 2 LBBG, Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch, Curlew and 1 Oystercatcher doing the rounds.

Prior to this I'd been up Soil Hill which was very quiet again - Common Gull, 3 Curlew, Lapwing, pr Grey Partridge and few Skylark.

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Fog

I bet I looked a real Herbert walking through the mist at Ogden before trudging up to Soil Hill via Back Lane. Good job I was philosophical about not finding birds - I avoided disappointment. At least I got some exercise and I did hear from DJS about the 3 Tree Pipit up by Giants Tooth; now theres some inspiration for the next foray.

Note to Springwatch: thanks for showing the GSW whippin that Blue Tit out of the nest before presumably golloping it down. A good reality balance at last - I was getting really pissed off watching fwickin Runty and those cuddly little foxes. How about introducing another reality check, e.g what they can do in 2 minutes when entering a chicken coop?