|The bottom 3 photos taken by DW.|
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Ogden Res 1050 hrs in brilliant blinding sunshine. As per my previous visit but without respite; pure unadulterated crap.
Dullards, small dulls. 1 each LBBG & f Reed Bunting.
A few Goldfinch at Stod Fold, 1 Jay and more dulls at Mixenden. I hope this is the worst it's ever going to be.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Foster Park: singing Mistle Thrush, 1 each Redwing & Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Blue & a Gt Tit.
Cross Lane area: 10 Common Snipe, 1 Pied Wagtail, Wren, 9 Common Gull, c40 BH gull, an epidemic of Starling.
This is certainly a local personal record and a possible national too. I can't be bothered to check on the latter as I've seen scores of 'em in Amsterdam, less so in Eastern Europe. Still, I'm pleased to have broken the monotony of local birding.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The status quo was maintained re the Kingfisher at the embankment; 25 metres apart she got the bird while naturally I didn't.
Also a Pied Wagtail & Mistle Thrush here.
c70 Lapwing were flying around Raggalds sports field approx 1025 hrs.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
I've made some wrong moves at Ogden in my time but this has got to cap 'em all.
1245-1345 hrs damp but not too grim light conditions. The Kingfisher was moving round the overflow calling regularly but I couldn't pin it down.
The sleet increased as I circuited the water which was rather Mallardy to say the least. A Grey Wagtail hung around for a minute and the few small gulls sloshed around the middle of the lake.
Then the White Nightmare began as I had another crack at the overflow. After 2 mins of heavyweght snowflakes, the survival instincts told me to get home.
Only other birds: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Robin.
The Blind Lane Goldfinches still hangin round the 'hood as were a plague of Starling.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Approx 1050 hrs. I knew the rain was due but still opted for the misery.
Good count of Goldcrest with a couple of Coal & Blue Tit thrown in. Along with this bunch were a pr Treecreeper that I was able to watch for almost 2 mins. These were warm brown birds, no hint of cold grey or extensive whites at all.
My status as a second rater is secured in perpetuity. While another birder present at the same time saw both Kingfisher and Dipper, yet again I failed dismally. Of course the few small gulls present were great compensation (yeah right).
c45 Canada were seen leaving the NE shore.
Raggalds sports field still sports good counts of Lapwing and gulls. c40 Goldfinch were hanging around garden feeders in Blind Lane Bradshaw.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Thanks for the tip off Dave.
On the way to the drink via Back Lane we got 1 mebbe 2 Crossbills calling quite clearly overhead, it/they seemed to head for the main reserve, change their minds and revert. 3 Goldcrest were also seen here.
The Pintail pr did give us a bit of a runaround but finally we got to them and enjoyed some really close up views of what is a very Admirable Anatidae
Thanks for the ride DP, I will send you some pics a.s.a.p
Monday, November 14, 2016
Approx 1040 hrs in a NW'ly gale. Water levels up by a meter plus. A non event in reality; Mallards, 1 Teal, Mallards.
I searched for Pintail In the distance but couldn't see anything obvious and the one contender for male was just a distant blob in the murk. I simply didn't have the gall to backtrack and double check.
I just rcvd a text from BS stating Pintail present at approx 1545 hrs.
Others: pr Bullfinch, LTT, 2/3 Blue Tit, similar Goldcrest, small nr of gulls.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Gulls down to c10 birds. 4/5 each Goldcrest & Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch & Blackbird.
The low angle of the sunlight bouncing off the water into the bins lens made me forget about photos.
I reported 5 fallen trees, 2 being hazardous to the warden
DW reports the Kingfisher seen at around 1530 hrs and shortly after at the Corporal/Green lanes junction closer to home a Chilean Blue Eagle! (in the company of falconers) was seen by DM.
|Both cracking pictures taken by D Miller|
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Many Cormorant, 7 Eider Duck, 10 Common Scoter, Great Northern Diver. c20 Purple Sandpiper, several Oystercatcher & Turnstone, c12 Ringed Plover, 4 each Curlew & Knot, few Redshank. 2 Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail and expected gull species. On the way to Saltholme a single Sanderling was on the beach.
|All these pictures taken by Dave Wetherell|
c75 Golden Plover, numerous Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed & 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Little Egret, Kestrel, 3 Mute Swan, Canadas, Greylag, c12 Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 4 Reed Bunting.
Monday, November 07, 2016
Soil Hell 1045 hrs the pits. Few Crows & small gulls. Passing Raggalds sports field I did see a handful Lapwing and more gulls.
Ogden plantation sported 8 Pheasant and a couple Goldcrest.
The reservoir was heartbreaking; even the gulls were down to c21. Sparrowhawk, Jay, 4 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Thursday, November 03, 2016
The Reporting Form doesn't have a field FINDER, therefore my appellation appears, replace it with DW & DS
In the space of 4 years we have had 1 BHG from Germany, 1 from Norway and this one. If I remember correctly there has been another ringed bird, but I can't recall the details.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The small gull flock was greatly reduced, small in fact. A LBB with a black as coal mantle looked a dead ringer for fuscus.
The Chaffinches, c25 birds reappeared along with Tits and a GSW at the Skirden Clough bridge end. A Siskin was calling loudly from atop a Pine at Boggart Brigg, shortly after a Jay flew over.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Corporal/Green Lanes again nothing to boast of just 2 each Common & BH gull, few Jackdaw. One Holly bush had 3 birds in it: Blackbird, Fieldfare, Robin. c15 Woodpigeon seen in a 2 hour stint.
Back yard coughed up Blackbird, Blue Tit, Wren.