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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Queensbury Sth

18 Snipe, Grey Heron, Jay, GSW, c29 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, c120 Common Gull, c60 BHG, c65 Jackdaw.
Bird of the season? See BS blog of today.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Raggalds Flood & Soil Hell

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

South to Low Moor Dams

15 Lapwing in the trlr park field when I went out after the deluge, also 1 Pied Wagtail. There were 17 two fields further up on the return leg. I decided not to disturb any Snipe present in the Cross Lane bog today. Quite a few small gull sp. present too.
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

Queensbury to Mixenden

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

Pinkfeet Over Queensbury

Went into Foster Park at approx 0825 hrs to find it very much on the downside generally. Bullfinch, Greenfinch, singing Robins, few Blue & Gt Tits. I walked through the bottom golf course track then up the approach to junc. Giles Hill Lane with High Cross Lane. Yaba Daba Doo! At precisely 9 O'clock (10 if you failed to reset the timepieces) a skein of Pink-footed Geese came in from NW heading SE toward the power stations at Ferrybridge. Their route would have taken them over the W side of Queensbury.

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

Yet Another Local Trek

3 Mistle Thrush in the tree tops at Victoria Hall, Queensbury and another singing half heartedly at Raggalds. The desired Fieldfares never materialised yet another usually scarcer Scandinook migrant did later on at Ogden; wierd autumn migration this.
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

Queensbury Sth Dash

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

Blogger for Mobile

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

Queensbury to Mixenden Rptd

Mist from the hovel up until 0950 hours when it started to clear on Soil Hill - the job not completed until 1030 hrs.
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.

Fwd: Tortoiseshell

Taken by mobile bone at Ogden edited on said mobile and emailed to blog.
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From: "Nigel Kerwin" <>
Date: 19 Oct 2015 14:33
Subject: Tortoiseshell
To: "Nigel Kerwin

Friday, October 16, 2015

Home to Mixenden Res

Woke up ready to go 12 rounds with a garden gnome so I left the hovel early. Redwing parties and flocks were present throughout until they petered out with the light mist clearing at Ogden.
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

Hebble Brook Walk

With messes messrs Miller et Wetherell. A great Autumn day, heading to Cromwell Bottom; not too much action but overall very enjoyable. Migration indicators came in the form of just one species: Jay, c13 of them. Kingfisher and Dipper really turned it on for us - 3 of the former and 4 of the latter.

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

A Quiet Session

Mountain to Raggalds produced 8 Lapwing, a few Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 or 2 Goldfinch.
Soil Hill approx 0950 hours underperformed as only it knows how. 5 Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, 2 Common & 1 BH Gull, Mistle Thrush.
Ogden was rock bottom. A mobile flock of tits incl c10 LTT. 2 Canada, Cormorant & a limited nr small gull sp., Grey & couple Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, c7 Blackbird.

Mixenden Res had 8 Canada in a nearby field, c11 small gull species and a saviour in the form of a singing Chiffchaff, one of the latest I've had. A few Meadow Pipit and c7 Pied Wagtail were flitting about.

DW was in Shibden Valley watching a Tawny Owl in a manner that recalls the song words: "I was looking back to see if she was looking back at me to see if I was looking back at her"

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Leighton Moss

I filled up the front passenger seat for mine host DW and enjoyed a great day out on a wonderful autumn day.
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.

TBC hopefully...

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Low Moor Dams

After a disappointing sortie down Queensbury Sth on Tuesday after munch, I desperately needed some birds today ( kind of follows don't it?). Knowing it would be throwing it down I decided on Harold Park Lake and Park Dam and it proved worthwhile. I've had drake Gadwall at Park, last year but this time a pr were present along with the f Wigeon. Lunch is almost upon me so I will continue a.s.a.p meanwhile:

...prior to this I'd had a walk round Harold Park lake which was probably the quietist I'd ever known it to be. Here's an approx breakdown of species at both locations:
Mute Swan 4, GC Grebe 4, Little Grebe 3, Mistle Thrush 1, Tufted Duck 14, Canada Goose c60, small gull sp. c120, LBBG 1, Moorhen c10, Coot c35, Mallard plenty. Kingfisher in flight calling nr the narrow channel Park Dam.

En route: Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, similar LTT, c16 Lapwing at the trailer park site.
Finally DW reports a singing Chiffchaff from Tues 6 Oct in the church yard.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Soil Hill to Mixenden Res

Time to get my legs used to hills again and go feeling for birds with my feet in the murk.
Soil Hill approx 1350 hrs. 2 each Skylark and Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, 15 Canada, 6 Mallard, 1 each Kestrel, Common & BH Gull.

When I got down to the ducky area at Ogden Res, a non-mallardy type took off immdly and zoomed over to the W shore. I eventually caught up with it and took some really crummy photos not fit for publication but they helped id a juv/female Wigeon, my first in a while here. This was a really nervous bird and I'm sure it flew off before I'd finished the one circuit of the water.
Others: 3 LBBG, c60 small gulls, 1 each GSW, male Bullfinch, Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock and few expected woodland sp.
I picked up a Grey Wagtail and Jay in the golf club house vicinity.

Stod Fold had a drinking party underway at the micro brewery (niceeee!) and 3 Pied Wagtail plus a smidgin of small gulls in the fields thereafter.
Mixenden Res was a quiet start especially the woods but it finished interestingly. A raft of c13 duck were out in the middle and in poor light, however a drake Tufted was easily identified. I then saw a duck somewhat smaller than the remaining Mallard and going by the subsequent whistles, I reckon I'd reacquainted myself with the previously seen Wigeon.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Autumn Turkey 2015

Icmeler List
Sparrow House, Blackbird, Robin, Martin Sand, Swallow, Swallow Red-Rumped, Nightjar, Nightingale, Heron Grey, Oriole Golden, Shrike Red-Backed, Moorhen, Grebe Little, Egret Little, Buzzard, Hoopoe, Eagle Short-Toed, Falcoln Lanner, Kestrel, Nuthatch Krupers, Nuthatch Rock, Raven, Cormorant, Thrush Rock/Blue Rock, Whinchat, Wheatear Northern, Wheatear Eastern Black-Eared, Bee-Eater, Gull Little, Gull Yellow-Legged, Whitethroat Lesser, Wagtail White, Wagtail Flava, Wagtail Grey, Lark Crested, Warbler Willow, Pochard, Flycatcher Spotted, Crow Hooded, Magpie, Jay, Tit Great, Tit Coal, Tit Long-Tailed, Harrier Marsh, Snipe, Sandpiper Green, Redshank, Kingfisher, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Serin, Sparrowhawk, Woodpecker Grey Headed, Woodpecker Green to check.
About 56 species for chrissakes.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Its All Over Now

Icmeler Sept 30 day 12
Picked up 2 more species Robin & LTT Wow! 6 WW, 3 Gt Tit, c35 Serin, White Wags, Kestrel, Jays etc.
After lunch went to headland: shite. Kestrel, Rock Nuthatch, 4 YLG.

Marmaris Oct 1 day 13.
Got the hang of it now; dont go looking for birds. So I went to the far side of the bay and for a while it was cool. Inevitably I eventually had pr Buzzard, 2 Cettis, Gt & Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail and the Jays. I'd thought about starting a 'Trying to give up birding?' tour company but after getting so many species in 2 hours Ive decided not to.

Belated Spring 2015 List

This was done in CSV format  because at the time I thought I could later sort it in a mobile based spreadsheet. Wrong again (some things never chamge).
Falcon Lanner, Kestrel, Kestrel Lesser, Buzzard, Buzzard Long-legged, Harrier Marsh, Raven, Crow Hooded, Heron Grey, Heron Night, Heron Purple, Egret Little, Egret Great White, Heron Squacco, Plover Little Ringed, Plover Spur Winged, Lark Crested, Bunting Corn, Bunting Cretzschmars, Pipit Meadow, Pipit Tree, Wagtail White, Wagtail Flava, Martin House, Martin Sand, Swallow Barn, Swallow Red Rumped, Swift Common, Swift Alpine, Swift Pallid, Blackbird, Sparrow House, Sparrow Spanish, Warbler Reed, Warbler Great Reed, Warbler Spectacled, Nightingale, Warbler Orphean, Warbler Sardinian, Warbler Willow, Tern Caspian, Tern Black, Tern Sandwich, Gull Yellow Legged, Gull Little, Gull Mediterranean, Gull Black Headed, Gull Slender Billed, Pipit Tawny, Sandpiper Green, Sandpiper Common, Lark Short Toed, Wheatear Northern, Wheatear Finch's, Wheatear Black Eared, Flycatcher Spotted. Flycatcher Pied, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Warbler Grasshopper, Prinia Graceful,
Bulbul Spectacled, Whinchat, Kingfisher, Warbler Savi's, Jay, Tit Coal, Tit Great, Dove Collared, Coot, Moorhen, Grebe Little, Warbler Cetti's, Whitethroat, Whitethroat Lesser, Snipe, Snipe Great, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Cuckoo Great Spotted, Redstart, Ibis Glossy,  Stonechat, Teal, Mallard, Wheatear Unknown, Stork White, Stilt Black  Winged, Sparrowhawk, Bittern Little, Cormorant, Kingfisher Smyrna,  Sandpiper Wood, Wryneck, Curlew,  Tern Gull Billed, Greenshank, Pratincole Collared, Quail, Sandpiper Marsh, Ruff, Redshank, Redshank Spotted, Plover Sand Lesser/Greater, Warbler Barred, Shrike Red Backed, Kite Black to check, Stint Little, Curlew Stone, Spoonbill, Dunlin, Roller,
I Think around 111 species 19 April.