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".