Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Arctic Tern, Jack Snipe ( I don't believe it!) LSW, Mediterranean Gull, Pied Flycatcher, Ringed Plover, Waxwing, Wood Warbler.
I have Peregrine ticked but I'm almost positive that was a bird at Swillington Ings.
Grasshopper Warbler only just made it on to the list with one at Soil Hill at the start of Autumn migration. Let's hope this species has another crack at the bottom of SH before the excavators finally win.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Raggalds had 9 Lapwing and some small gulls. I got to Soil Hill at 0940 hrs to be informed by a local resident I'd nicely missed a pr Raven heading north by 10 minutes.
JL was also present so we did the rounds and were overjoyed to get:
Skylark, Grey Heron, Crows and some unid blob on the wretched, evilly named NK pond.
Ogden Res was full of people but not birds. Two attempts at the overflow failed to get the 2 star attractions seen lately by BS. 1 each Cormorant & LBBG. Some Canada, small gulls, poss brief Bullfinch, Goldcrest.
Mixenden Res produced f GOLDENEYE which is by far the latest autumn/winter bird Ive had. Also numerous small gulls, 1 LBBG and a few Chaffinch, Goldfinch en route.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
21 Lapwing constantly circling for about 35 mins between the trailer park and top of Northowram. The Cross Lane bog had 4 Snipe (same as my last trip on Xmas morning) a Reed Bunting & Kestrel. Hereabouts were couple each Pied Wagtail & Meadow Pipit with small gulls in groups heading generally SE.
4 Mallard were idling in the Green Lane pond and on the return leg here a Sparrowhawk put up c110 Common Gull from a field and also displeased c80 Jackdaw.
I did a Buzzard check and was happy to see a light phased bird out basking in the sunshine.
Others seen throughout: Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird, Pied Wag, Collared Dove, Woodpigs and for some reason a fair number of Gt Tit.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
5 Greylag, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Grey Heron, 18 Little Egret (17 in one field). Pr Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1 GSW. Finally bumped into a few Moorhen but just 1 Coot. I managed 1 Avocet but was told there were thousands round the corner!
C14 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 1 fine drake Pintail, many Turnstone, Redshank & Oystercatcher, a few Shoveler and the ubiquitous gulls.
I got my first winter Chiffchaff in donkeys years just outside Exmouth on the way up. LTT were a new addition and yet again singing Song Thrush were a feature this time at least 4 birds. What I thought to be an odd grunting Brent turned out to be an overhead Raven!
Just 2 Buzzard on tbe motorway back home.
Next time I'll give Dawlish Warren some 'ammer.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Usual gulls with at least 50 GBBG. Cormorants, Shags, 5 Pied Wagtail, House Sparrows, Starlings, Blackbirds. Just low numbers of Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch. I may have had a Rock Pipit among the few Meadow Pipit there based on call difference.
What does one do on Thursday I wonder, umm.
PS Surprisingly not a single raptor seen.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Sea watching was hard graft and I did have that sinking feeling for a while. This picked up after the tide had gone out exposing more beach and significantly rocks. 33 Oystercatcher, 4 Pied Wagtail, several Cormorant, c6 Shag & the numerous small/large gulls. I encountered many Herrings both obvious and suspicious plumage types. Caspian cant be claimed but it was good to see good numbers of GBBG.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
An attempted burglary was thwarted when my brave little darling nipped the offender in the trouser leg dept. To this day I still dont think the man can pole vault.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Leeming Res approx 1025 hrs. Small gulls, number of Mallards, few Blackbirds, prob Sparrowhawk giving briefest views ever. Kestrel, Chaffinch and a couple of smaller finches calling that remained unid.
Leeshaw - full to the brim and windy. More small gulls, 2 Cormorant, 5 Canada (partially hidden in field) Mallards.
I can't remember the name of the next res down which had, you guessed right, some small gulls on it.
Ponden Res. Again the gulls and a few Mallard and Muscovies.
Monday, December 07, 2015
Harold Park Lake produced a pr Goosander, otherwise it was rather humdrum. Coots, Tufted, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Greenfinch, pr GC Grebe, Moorhens.
Park Dam again not spectacular; unseasonal warm temperatures to blame methinks. 5 Little Grebe, GSW, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, multitude of small gulls. A pr Mute Swan gave a spectacular fly over, fly around, fly past including dodging the overhead electricity cables before heading back to HPL. Moorhens, Coots, Tufted in higher numbers than the a/m, herd of Canada Geese.
About 350 metres up the road apiece from here in Fenwick Drive 2, if not 3 Redpoll flittng about - niceeee.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
1405 hrs trailer park area: although busy with lorries and plant machinery c25 Lapwing and c50 small gulls were present. I couldn't bring myself to enter the marsh field, the thought of probable Snipe was too much to bear. I did however encounter 2 Meadow Pipit, c30 Jackdaw, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird on the way home.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
a TAWNY OWL flying around the house front calling on two occasions in the early hours as I almost slept.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
There were a couple hundred small gulls and c60 Canada. 2 Pied & 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Mute Swan, 12 Moorhen, c40 Coot, c34 Tufted Duck & the Mallards. 2 GC Grebe, 1 GSW briefly. This being the total for both bodies of water.
On the return leg home, I checked out the southern fields - a few gulls only. c400 Starling were hanging around Qnsbry Golf Course.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Usual Lapwing on Raggalds sports field; the flood being frozen.
SH One unid calling passerine, 2 Blackbird & a Crow was all.
Ogden Res 1 each HERRING & LBBG + small uns. 4 Bullfinch, 1 each Grey Heron & GSW, a few Blackbird.
En route Mixenden 4 Goldfinch, 5 LTT, 44 Canada. Res: 3 Roe Deer, GSW, 2 Goldcrest, c11 LTT, small gulls, several Blackbird
Friday, November 20, 2015
Soil Hell was windy for a change and still dry for another one (tks BS for txt msg) as I searched for the SNOW BUNTING. I got it after a struggle on the W side as it flew high calling before a steep descent, a male methinks.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Lucky for us the incessant rain had cleared as we passed into the E side of the country and we wasted no time in visiting the hides, starting with the Ousefleet at the top of the chain. For once this hide was full of duck and waders but our joy was relatively short-lived when those marsh hosses galloped up right in front, scaring the nearmost waders off. They did eventually return and we satisfied ourselves we'd id'd the lot before moving off.
A bonus bird as we walked down a trail was a briefly singing Cettis Warbler - a great find on a gloomy November afternoon. At this rate of expansion, I won't be at all surprised if someone reports a 2016 bird in a place such as Cromwell Bottom.
We ended up with time to spare and settled down for the vigil (sounds like Stallone & Statham don't it). We counted 7 Marsh Harrier moving, thousands of distant birds coming and going which offered hardly any clues to id until they came a bit nearer later. One astute guy finally managed to state the majority were Golden Plover. A Barn Owl was doing the rounds in the distance too but not all of us had the eyesight to get any glimpse as it swept along just above reedbed height. Luckily DWs eyes are still in very good shape and he caught several sightings of the bird.
The star of the performance failed to turn up which I'll put down to theatrical histrionics, nonetheless we enjoyed the session.
Snipe in good numbers, 2 Redshank. c10 Shelduck, c20 Shoveler, c16 Gadwall, c30 Snipe, numerous Lapwing, ditto Teal, several Wigeon, Mallards, Pheasants.
Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrows, many Fieldfare, 2 Goldfinch, Blackbird.
7 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, probable Merlin, Barn Owl, c45 PFG. 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Moorhens.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Early start and a soddened finish with every item of clothing and gear saturated. RFlood: 1 Canada, 2 Fieldfare, 3 BHG. Lapwing were 4 fields apart, starting on the sports then ending in the muddy field immdly after the last house on right.
Soil Hill approx 0835 hrs. RING OUZEL seen heading toward radio compound from bottom track conifers. Subsequently seen twice until lunchtime. Note there was a Blackbird about 90 metres further down. Also Redwing & c 23 Fieldfare.
I went onto the top looking for the SEO (djs) without success. As I was cursing over having nudged a mobile bone key that caused havoc, something really cool occurred. I almost trod on a DUNLIN! It was alongside a very small puddle, huddled down in the grass no more than 1/2 metre away max.
Oddly enough the bird didnt stop to say Hi Nige, instead it gave one call and dived over the N ridge where it was looked for after trying to ring out to others but not found.
More may follow depending on what mood I'm in after some beer...
Monday, November 16, 2015
A drake Wigeon also feeding W shore. Once again the odd light mantled LBBG was present on the E side but when I went round for photos it had moved to the W. Also 6 Blackbird, 4 Robin, Blue Tits.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Also Grey Heron, c50 Fieldfare, c85 Starling, Pied Wagtail.
|Left leg ring Silver, Right leg Black code on White. May be VS20|
|Not the bird seen in July which had green ring.|
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Prior to this I checked the brimming Raggalds Flood: 2 Mallard, 10 Lapwing, Pied Wagtail with numerous Common Gull on the sports field.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
With DW & DM. Nothing much doing in the mist which threatened a reprieve nr Withens only to change its mind.
2 Fieldfare, 2 Canada, Pheasant, Meadow Pipit. DM was happy with the fieldfare for a first.
Ogden res was dank; Cormorant, 2 LBBG, small gulls. A Chaffinch flock about 14 strong, Bullfinch, Kestrel.
DM reports sighting of Buzzard in Northowram and further mention of the Wood Lane LSW by a neighbour.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
and now the Aytha bitch bird:
The "Scaup" type image still presents itself when the top two pics are viewed initially. However when you enlarge them all with the mouse click a rudimentary tuft appears on two of the 4 pics. Odd thing is on Oiseaux.Net the french website, I picked out two proven female Scaup pics with rudimentary tufts - among 30+ that presented the classic head profile. This problem has occurred before with this/these species in Autumn with other birders too and I'm sure I'll keep falling into the trap.
Received txt from DW the LEO still on Soil Hell in real nasty conditions at 0830 hrs.
Monday, November 02, 2015
Ogden resvr drake SHOVELER, GC Grebe, 2 Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail.
Hunter Hill Green Woodpecker, 9 Grey Partridge.
Mixenden Res f Scaup which was contested in part by a n other. Pics to be edited and published in my favour later (hehe). Grey Wagtail, 6 Goosander one of which was subject to query by all.
Then the fog came down.
Sunday, November 01, 2015
Within 5 minutes of starting down the N slope a Long-eared Owl was waiting for me, sat half asleep on a post. I whipped out the camera and blasted away in the hope that some acceptable pics may turn out in the still murky light.
I rang BS and after our natter, proceeded down the hill toward the pond. Within about a minute a second LEO took off from the bushes some 25 metres away, flew about the same distance and landed back in the hedgerow. Bloomin Marvellous!
On the way back up after checking the pond for the Wigeon/Teal mix (hampered once more by dull light/location) I found the topmost bird still there. It appeared to be awake now as it tracked my progress until I reached the top track and encountered one DP. Dave followed my instructions and I'm pleased to say he too saw the sleeping beauty.
Not much else around, which doesn't faze me one iota. 3 Grey Partridge, Robins, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blue Tit & Blackbird, Small gulls. 1 Sparrowhawk & Grey Partridge seen separately by DP.
PS I got a txt from DW at 1009 hrs, referring to the Fleet Lane area: "I've been watching loads of thrush types going over as I look out of the front window".
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
This is the fact post; bullshit and waffle will follow.
SH 5 WIGEON on bottom lh pond. Grey Heron nearby also Moorhen 2 Mallard.
C22 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel. Two Fieldfare flocks c60 & c100, 2 Pheasant, c10 Redwing.
Raggalds Flood 7 Lapwing, 9 Mallard and the F Teal returned for tea time.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
There must have been c250 Starling on the wires at the bottom half of Cock Hill Lane. There were 2 Fieldfare in a Hawthorn here; of course when I got to the button pressing stage on the camera they flew off (disturbed by Woodpigeon and Magpie). A Sparrowhawk was in this area along with a Redwing or three and about 7 unid Sparrow size types.
DM in deepest darkest Northowram phoned me to verify a probable male Sparrowhawk he was getting reasonable views of.
c26 Fieldfare flew over the main Halifax Rd, heading SW. This is constant with the birds BS has been seeing all day. I went out into the back yard immdly after his last report but I missed 'em.
Harold Park lake was relatively quiet ( 2 GCG, 10 Tufted) so I didn't linger and went onto Park Dam to find it livelier.
Pr Gadwall still around, Cormorant, 3 LBBG & lots of smaller sp. 2 Little Grebe, c70 Canada, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, House Sparrows. c75 Coot, c32 Tufted, Moorhens. Wigeon have departed.
The sun returned with a vengeance after the last downpour stopped and I was lucky enough to catch this juvenile Hedgehog on the grass verge. The animal was just as lucky as almost unbelievably a lady who looks after such critters was watching me. Turns out the lady was a former resident of Queensbury who had moved down to the area and cared for young "lost" animals.
Mute Swan: Park Dam RED Y725; YELLOW 468. Harold Park: YELLOW 900: 162: 212. all left leg.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Turned out to be a pleasant days hike with a smatterin of birds thrown in. All down to the varying S'ly winds.
Soil Hill 0935 hrs- Kestrel, Grey Heron, Pheasant, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10 House Sparrow.
Ogden Res was narcoleptic. 4 LBBG in with the smaller sp. 2 Coal Tit, Bullfinch and tree felling by the Council.
Hunter Hill Jay, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and a LBBG ejecting its payload - missed yer bassa! 😂
Small gulls at Mixenden Res.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
I phoned BS, mentioning there were about 100 birds; I'm innumerate, its closer to 60.
Meandering somewhat before heading for Cross Lane I came across 2 Mistle Thrush & 6 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch. Then I got Grey Heron & 18 Snipe; Lapwing were absent owing to the presence of a farmer and hoss.
A check on Corporal Lane failed to turn up Lapwing; the fields there produced a number of Common Gull, BH & 1 LBBG. Turning into Green Lane was a good move: eat your hearts out Fieldfares because I got a Redpoll halfway up. Also Jay, Rook Jackdaws and possibly Little Owl (speed of flight, distance).
I'm sure glad I forced myself out for this session.
Friday, October 23, 2015
11 Lapwing and c35 small gull sp. were at Raggalds Sports field. Note that the long defunct flood has now got reeds covering half the field - nothing to show there.
Soil Hill Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, c28 Goldfinch, BH Gull. Pied Wagtail.
Ogden Res started off appallingly but then redeemed itself. A Brambling was calling for a while in the Willows/Alders area halfway down the track to Skirden Clough bridge. I waited and eventually caught sight of the bird albeit briefly. About 2 minutes after leaving that spot 7 Crossbill flew into the treetops, calling. I went to investigate and got a m Bullfinch, however the former had quickly moved on.
All that lovely expanse of shoreline attracted a single Lapwing, otherwise it was down to 2 LBBG and the smaller gulls. Other: Wrens, 2 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Goldcrests,
Mixenden Res produced a first - not a single bird on the water. However there were a few small gulls and a Grey Wagtail on the shore. I noticed a fair number of Blackbird were flying about the woodland which also produced a Green Woodpecker.
All this pales into insignificance 'cos when I got home and got stuck into my Red Toadstool with White Spots toastie an announcement on the telly said that Daniel O'Donnell has released a new album!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Felt the urge to go inspect the fields before tea time. Got there at 1625 hrs with a gusty blustery W'ly ablowin. Just c40 small gulls in the farm fields so I went into Cross Lane marsh field. Within 2 minutes 8 Snipe flew up but that was the climax. All I got from a walk to Bracken Lane and back home was a few caaawvidd and a Meadow Pipit. Fieldfare next I hope!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
I just downloaded Blogger for Mobile so lets see how it performs when Im out there in the field surrounded by White Wagtail, Jack Snipe, Brambling, Waxwing, Bewicks etc.
Previously I have simply accessed the Website from this bone without too much difficulty and all the functions are accessable. Surely with an App there must be limited functionality by definition.
Lets try an icon 😈
PS The BIRDTRACK App failed miserably but that could be down to me in part
Monday, October 19, 2015
Queensbuy Nth 7 Woodpigeon, 2 Starling, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail.
SH - Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Robin, 4 Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Pheasant, Snipe, c23 Goldfinch. Ned Hill track bushes produced a female Bullfinch which is only my second record for this site. There was quite a lot of activity here with birds flitting about (see start of list). As I got to the end of Coal Lane c38 Redwing flew across the main road heading in the direction of the hill top.
Ogden Res by now the sun was shining strongly. Had it not been I might have missed the drake Wigeon keeping close to the shoreline adjacent to the feeding area. It certainly did not come to bread!
A very dark imm. phase gull type about the size of Common/LBBG caused a helluva commotion when it flew around the lake. I tried to catch up with it but I reckon with nearly all the gulls chasing it around, the bird had moved on.
Others: Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 3 LBBG & the small gulls, limited no. of woodland types.
I noticed 3/4 Small Tortoiseshell en route to Mixenden which was rather putrid: Jay, unconfirmed raptor (either Kestrel/Sprawk) some small gulls.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Queensbury North c90 Redwing, 2 Lapwing at Raggalds along with 12 Mallard. A flock of c40 small gulls on the sports field had a fair number of Common in among.
Soil Hill pr Goldfinch, c8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Snipe flushed from the E side of mounds, it didn't call but there was no confusion with it's smaller cousin. 2 Pheasant, Kestrel, 2 Mallard, 15 Canada, Pied Wagtail, c150 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Dunnock, 4 Blue Tit.
Ogden Res c27 Chaffinch, 2 Cormorant, 5 Redwing, 2 LBBG and a very limited no. of small gulls. 2 Blackbird,
A duck sp. was in the middle of the drink and in the below par light I had to rely on extended zoom from the camera to have any chance of id. The poor pics suggested f Gadwall among others and at one time Scoter flitted through the scenario. I finally got one that discounted the latter but decided to contact BS & DJS about the presence of a 'scoper. A LBBG chased the duck closer and I could finally id it as a f Teal. I've always maintained it's worth the risk of embarrassment when id is difficult but believe me I felt a bit of a twerp for a few minutes with this one.
About 7 Red Grouse were disturbed by a golfer in the rough just a couple of hundred metres up from the Lodge House.
Stod Fold coughed up Dipper, 26 Canada, 1 each of Grey Wagtail & Meadow Pipit. 2 Pied Wagtail.
Mixenden Res was really poor just c20 small gull species and 1 each Grey & Pied Wagtail. 5 divers from the Police were about to submerge, they didnt stop me as I sauntered through the open gate so it looks as though I got away with it!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
3 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel. As we were leaving the feeders, what appeared to be a first winter Sparrowhawk whizzed through the seating area and swerved past DW's head instead of crashing into it, wise move. Also here were Nuthatch, Blue, Coal & Gt Tit, Chaffinch and the above GSW.
DM reports 3 Golden Plover in the Coley area on Mon 12/10 and both he and DW report a figure approaching c300 Goldfinch on the track upto TMR Tues 13/10, otherwise very quiet.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
c7 Bearded Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, Nuthatch and other plentiful woodlands species incl Bullfinch. 1 LBBG, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Kingfisher, Buzzard heard only. 300 PFG and a few Greylag, c60 Lapwing, 2 each Grey Heron & Little Egret, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, few Gadwall, Pintail, Mixed flock c45 Godwits, majority being Bar-tailed. 5 Goosander, Family of 4 Otter (lifer!).
Here's some pics
|Attention purists we did see them flying around reedbeds also.|
Simon King appeared to be taking it easy rather than working; he also turned up in a hide and just missed sitting on DW's knee.