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Friday, November 30, 2012

Shelf Moor to Green Lane

Qby Sth 1415-1530 hrs, surprisingly, quite an interesting session.
Started off with 39 Lapwing and c55 Starling in top field at Corporal Lane however as I headed for Green Lane, they all took off and flew across the road to the High Cross Lane field. When I returned home via this route, their numbers had built to c70 Lapwing and c110 Starling. Although I failed to get any wish list Golden Plover, I did have a bonus here - a Green Woodpecker flew from within the mass W toward Shibden Valley. Last bird of note before the bins went into the jacket pocket was the local White Crow hanging around the Golf Club entrance.
Green Lane produced 10 Woodpigeon, Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, Great Tit, Robin, a few gulls and Little Owl. The latter was perched on the outer branches of a tree within a stand of berry covered Holly trees.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sunny Session

My Baby whispers in my ear mmm sweet nuthin

What you doin Baby? Shakin dat Ass

Soil Hill with DP approx 1040-1200 hrs. Beautiful day and calm and blank apart from couple Magpies, Crows and a Meadow Pipit. There was also a single Lapwing in the far bottom field.
Ogden Res had c40 Common and a smaller count of BH Gull (incl Danish ringed bird) on the drink along with a Cormorant. At the top end nr the Ogden Clough bridge the Dipper put in a great performance, fishing and eating small stuff, probably Sticklebacks. Pity it was just too far off for acceptable quality pictures to be posted.

Raggalds flood was out of the question once again due to dangerous traffic conditions caused by heavy duty works ensuing.
Got a call from BS about c40 Waxwing in Foxhill Park so we called in but found they had dispersed throughout t'village.
Thanks for the tour, Dave.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Soil Hell Soaking

SH 1050-1150 hrs. Rain and E'ly wind with poor visibility. Snipe, alba Wagtail and 2 Snow Bunting.  One appeared to be a definite first winter; I didn't get too much time on the other. Seen twice on the move by the mounds, they appeared to stay put subsequently, perhaps in the long grass.
The time factor, road works and risk of pneumonia prevented a check of the flood at Raggalds, but the gulls were plentiful in adjacent fields.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Quiet Session

Raggalds Flood 0945 hrs - 4 small gull sp. and pr Teal.
Soil Hell refer Daniel's report.

Ogden Res

Busy with woodland birds for a change: Jay, c12 LT and 5 Coal plus Blue n Gt Tits. Couple Goldcrest, several Robins, 2 Blackbird. The Danish ringed BHG still present along with several other gulls and 6 Canada.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today's Birds

0945 hrs Raggalds Flood - 8 Mallard & 5 Teal and plenty of small gulls in the area.
Soil Hell - c25 Lapwing (3 top field, remainder down at bottom) Snipe, Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, Kestrel, Gulls n Starlings.
Got a bonus here when I decided to walk down the tricky NW slope to Coal Lane. A Woodcock was flying from NE to SW at the base of the hill, giving good views.
Ogden Res - brough me back down to earth, it did.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Southlands

Afternoon session after the deluge: 27 Lapwing and 1 LBBG plus 2 small gull sp. Cross Lane. Checked the corner field for waders, nothing but looks promising. Also 4 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, numerous Jackdaw, Gulls, Kestrel, Woodpigeon around Green Lane.
Winds had switched to the N, hope it dropped something in for the morning.

Catching Up

I've been busy for a while so only a few quick trips out and not much to mention.

This smart male Brambling in the garden this morning. I heard one on Saturday morning but hadn't seen anything until now. Also in the garden, a  maximum count, so far, of 22 Blackbirds a few days ago.

Waxwing from my Brighouse twitch. Long-tailed Tit and Bullfinch from Ogden, at the beginning of the week.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Raggalds Flood to Soil Hell

Raggalds Flood 1040 hrs, well worth the effort - 8 Teal (a record number) 2 Mallard, c110 small gull sp and c220 Starling.

Soil Hill was under the influence of a SW'ly and it showed; 2 Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Kestrel, c15 Mallard on far left bottom pond.
For the first time in two months, I trollied down the N slope. The mud at the bottom is just within the limit of OCD Birders; I'd even send criminals and politicians down there, but it ain't fit for human beings.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Activity on Soil Hill

SH 0850-1015 hrs, misty becoming sunny and clear. Started off with a skein of PFG overhead circling between the E slope and Raggalds then off in an unknown direction. See BS report for more of this species.
On the top field, edge of N slope, I flushed one Jack Snipe which quickly dropped down, then approx  20 minutes later, walking through the long grass on the E side, I nailed another. What a phenomenal year for this bird.
Shortly after this a Cormorant flew low SW > Ogden Res. c20 Lapwing were present in the bottom field of the N slope. Other: Skylark, Pied Wagtail, 5 Fieldfare, 3 Pheasant and a 16 strong mix of small gull sp.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Local Walk

After getting 2 Waxwing overhead heading NE across Brighouse Rd at 0850 hrs, I decided to check out local spots for any other morsels.
DP and I first checked the High Cross Lane fields and found nothing but I got a very brief glimpse of a wader out in the mud in the corner field adjacent to Cross Lane. The bird didn't flush but did a wingbeat type hop and a skip into the rushes and appeared to stay put. A combination of local knowledge and a perusal of picture files etc forces me to assume twas a Snipe; DP has also seen them previously in the area.
Shelf Moor produced c10 Fieldfare and a few small gull sp. Horton Bank CP produced:
GSW, 6 Coot, 4 Moorhen, c5 LT, Blue and Great Tits, and several small gulls
Finished off in the back yard with the local guardian Blackbird chasing off visiting Golfinches.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Round Trip

Went to Soil Hill via Mixenden and Cold Edge, courtesy of DP this morning.
Mixenden was quiet but did have a high number of gulls present and a Grey Wagtail with 60+ Lapwing flying over. The Delvers Pub grounds held good numbers of Blackbird, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Tit sp. and a Pied Wagtail.
Cold Edge Dams had just Mallard on the water but there were 9 Reed Bunting and 2 Red Grouse present along with 6 Meadow Pipit overhead.

Finished off at Soil Hill, flushing a Snipe from the pool at the end of the track. Then picked up a flock of c200 PFG on sound before clocking them above Holmefield/Bradshaw moving W beyond Hebden Bridge.
Quite a lot of excited gulls were flying around calling loudly for some reason too. Other: Skylark, Pheasant, 3  Meadow Pipit and 3 other birders hoping for Twite and Snow Bunting.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Quiet All Around

Raggalds Flood 0950 hrs - Drake Teal, c18 Common and few BH Gulls.
Soil Hill - 2 male Pheasant, several small gull sp. pr Kestrel.

Ogden Res - juv Cormorant, usual gulls, Grey Wagtail.
Sparrerork at Bradshaw.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Waxwings and Pinkies

Bradford City centre and Crown Street approx 1030-1140 hrs. After a 15 minute plus search I located c30 Waxwing in the Crown Street area and managed to fire off a few shots. The birds were very flighty, the reason being a Sparrowhawk which was following them around.

Other birds: Great Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, Blackbird and plenty of small gull sp.

On arrival back in Queensbury I was stood in Baptist Fold when I heard the sound of Pink-footed Geese calling. A flock of at least 120 birds were flying up from Brighouse Rd, over BS garage, low over my head, up Chapel Lane and over BS house. Such are the vagaries of birding that, in the 10 seconds it took to phone BS and get him out into a viewing position, he missed the spectacle. Well, we do try, mebbe next time.

Monday, November 12, 2012

even wetter Monday PM

Ok, So what do you call a group of 6 Cormorant?

Not a clear picture, but it was the closest I could get. I'll try again later ( if they come back)

And finch flocks gathering at 2pm high in the trees. and the occasional Bullfinch on the feeder

Wet Monday Birds

Drake Teal and female Wigeon plus a fair number of smaller gull sp. at Raggalds Flood 0945 hrs.
Grey Heron, 5 Goldfinch, 7 Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare at Soil Hill.
Female Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, Grey Wagtail and usual small gull sp. at Ogden Res.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Session Redeemed

Kicked off on Soil Hill 0855-1010 hrs and very sparse it was too, picking up at the end somewhat:
3 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch, Blue Tit, 11 Meadow Pipit, 35 Woodpigeon > SW.
Then I got sight of a Sparrowhawk and a Crow in an altercation that went on for a few minutes, closely followed by 1 LBBG > N and a Common Gull. This was tailed off by my first Linnet in almost 3 weeks.
I'd noticed on the way up that Raggalds flood seemed to be holding stuff so I was compelled to check it out. Sure enough, I got onto a drake Teal immediately, pr Mallard and another potential smaller f Mallard. After noting the latter did nothing but try and eat the place out of grass, I investigated further - hey presto a site tick in female Wigeon. Also about 12 Common & 4 BH Gulls.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Same Old

Soil Hill 0945-1035 hrs. The SW'ly killer in full swing. On the deck: 6 Fieldfare, 1 each of Jack Snipe and Skylark.
In the air: 1 each of Common Gull and Kestrel, 4 Redwing > W.
Ogden - a non starter, glad to get home early.

On the way back got chatting to a lady who lives near BS and claims a Buzzard was on her garden shed roof back in 2010.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Park Lane

Brambling in the garden again this morning.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Usual Route

Soil Hill 1020-1055hrs Jack Snipe usual area flushed from approx 1.2 metres. Blackbird, 15 Fieldfare, Common Gull, 2 BHG.
Ogden Res - deadly quiet, even the single Cormorant decided to leave. 10 LTT, Goldcrests.
Thanks for the text to BS on the Waxwing flock that arrived a couple of hours after I'd left. Judging by the reports on Birdguides we are due for a few sightings.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Soil Hill to Oats Royd

Following the age old pattern, it was once again a great day for perambulating at the expense of birds being sparse, with one session saving exception.
Soil Hill 1000-1050hrs Pheasant, 2 Meadow Pipit, 16 Fieldfare > N, couple gulls.

Ogden Res - 2 Crossbill; one nr the house, t'other edge of plantation in with Great Tit plus other.

3 Cormorant, 6 Canada, 22+ Common and a higher nr of BH Gull. and one Denise. (Reminds me I must see De nephew soon).

Finished off at Oats Royd which boosted my spirits with a personal site tick: 2 f Goosander on the largest pond - they took flight on the fright I gave them. Also present 2 Moorhen, 10 Goldfinch and one superb f Sparrowhawk doing the rounds.

Green Lane

30+ Lapwings at the top of Corporal Lane.

Around 6 Redwings in Green Lane-hard to tell with the comings and goings-2 Mistle Thrushes trying to claim the territory, 4 Magpies and a couple of Crows looking on.

Very quiet at Ogden but perhaps something turned up for Nigel.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Green Lane

Just a stroll along Green Lane around 1.30 pm today. could see very little through the mist apart from this little Fieldfare feeding on the berries.

I took the folowing shots accross the valley at full zoom and thanks to Brian identified as Ketrel.

Freezing Hell

Soil Hill in ice and mist 0750-0915 hrs. 5 Blackbird, 26 Fieldfare, 7 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 LBBG > S. The Snow Bunting BS reported yesterday was on the side of the mounds halfway up the track. Sadly, it flew off trilling in a W'ly direction and was not traced again. There was also no sight of the Twite anywhere.
My apologies to DF, with hindsight I should have walked up the track with you instead of cutting short your options of seeing the bunting by walking ahead.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

South Again

A pleasant bright afternoon without birds in the main, the exception being 53 Lapwing and c18 Starling in the favoured field nr Cross lane. Others seen Kestrel, Common Gull, corvids.
Good to meet Denise on a quick tour and also Chris, a local chap who does artwork for Yorkshire Birding magazine. I am sure he is not aware of local birding blogs, but I intend to aware him up, if possible!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Hit and Miss

Soil Hill 0945-1035hs blustery SW'ly winds. 11 Twite, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock on top field. Also Blackbird, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Common Gull.
Ogden Res - lets pretend I never went there.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Queensbury South

Decided to have a gander down by Cross Lane to Green Lane 1350-1510 hrs. This proved to be satisfactory with the main action coming in the first 15 minutes. 130 Lapwing were present with 5 Golden Plover joining them in flight briefly.
This video shows the Lapwing Flock in action (volume needs to be up). When the flock did settle I counted about 70 birds in the field nr Cross Lane, the remainder plus the Goldies had flown elsewhere.

As I turned round the corner from Shaw Lane into Corporal Lane within a minute or so a skein of c100 Pink-footed Geese came toward me from the SW. They went overhead (camera back in case) and flew > E toward Ferrybridge Power Station area.
Other birds seen GSW, Kestrel, few small gull sp. and corvids.
I took a chance on the way home on Brambling being present in the upper Park Lane area but gave up after lifting the bins just twice. The chances of being roped in for loitering with intent are just too great, judging by the way passing drivers were eyeballing me.