Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Other birds seen today: 1 each Curlew, Kestrel & Sparrowhawk. 2 Jay, c50 Fieldfare, 8 Skylark, couple Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, numerous Lapwing. Only 7/8 small gull sp. throughout.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Wait till I find the swine that posted these ropy pics on My Blog!
Friday, February 24, 2017
The journey back to the grim northern wastelands so far has been kind to me. The fair county of Oxfordshire providing me with 3 Buzzard and 2 Red Kite. Elsewhere pr Mute Swan and Rooks at the nest. 1212 hrs.
Subsequently pr Pied Wagtail, 4 Coot. Buzzard count now 6. 1 Kestrel & Blackbird, several Lapwing.
Amazing how sightings dry up once we hit Porkshire 😮
Oops another Buzzard & Kestrel seen, also Moorhen, 4 Blackbird, c200 small guls & c250 Woodpigeon.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
After 2-1/2 hours in Swanage I went into a booksellers and found 3 copies of The Birds of Swanage. It is one page shorter than the Birds of Ogden i.e 2 pages in total. I took a copy and the counter person paid me £1.50 for the inconvenience.
The most interesting but brief experience was when an auk sp appeared out of nowhere about 35 yards offshore. Twice I raised the bins and twice the bird took this as a cue to dive. It then disappeared, didn't fly, just removed itself from view. I'm clocking it as a Guillebill.
Others: 2 each Rock Pipit & Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackbird, Gulls.
Poole Harbour although very windy did alleviate the frustration with a fine drake Red-breasted Merganser, Turnstone, several Oystercatcher, some distant unid waders, 5 Brent Geese and a flock of Canadas.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
All thoughts of Dartford Warbler at Hengistbury Head were crucified by the same wind that kills local birding around Queensbury, a strong SW'ly.
18 Brent Geese over > SW. 11 Redshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 each Little Egret & Grey Heron, 1 each Jay & Green Woodpecker, c22 Mute Swan, several Teal, numerous Wigeon, 4 LTT, 1 Stonechat ditto Skylark.
Finally 3 flying waders that came over rather close and thankfully called - Greenshank.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I walked along Bournemouth beach before the coach for Lyndhurst was due and got 2 GBBG before sighting about 11 Sea Duck types way out. I took quite a few extended digital zoom shots and tried to nail the species without success. Best I could manage was possible Scaup.
The ride through the New Forest was boredom enshrined; only birds seen were 2 Mistle Thrush & 4 Blackbird. Things changed in the most interesting NF Museum when I got Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Goshawk, Treecreeper and others down to 2 feet indoors.
I was so cheesed off on returning to Bournemouth I legged it all the way to Hengistbury Head and back and although it shortened me by about 2 centimetres it proved worthwhile. I got specific info on the local Dartford Warblers for a bash at them tomorrow and saw the following species.
13 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 9 Teal, c55 Wigeon, 8 Linnet, 7 Stonechat, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Skylark, 1 unid raptor zooming into a bush, uggins of gulls, Cormorants.
Stonechat down here are approachable so I burned a few hundred megabytes of camera storage space off.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Birds seen on way down; hardly any, in reality the quietest journey I've experienced.
c58 Lapwing, pr Buzzard & a single, few large gull sp in the air. 2 Kestrel, 5 mute Swan, busy Rook colony, pr Pied Wagtail.
On arrival in Bournemouth I scoured the beach only to discover c14 BHG with hoods (in keeping with blooming daffodils) c20 Herrings, 1 Pied Wagtail, & 2 Greenfinch.
Off to the expansive New Forest tomorrow which should turn something up given the springlike climate.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
5 Roe Deer were present, the most I've ever seen here.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Ogden reverts to the norm which is crap. Moorhen, 2 each Goldcrest and Goldfinch, Song Thrush, few Tits, Dullards, 6 Canada. Kestrel > SE.
Mixenden c28 Canadas; the Goldeneye were missing. On a bright note I got a pr of calling Redpoll from the plantation edge.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
There were 10 Skylark on top, c60 Lapwing down at the bottom also 2 Mallard and a Grey Heron in flight. Fog prevented me from picking out any Golden Plover that may have been present.
Raggalds sports field held about c190 Lapwing and 5 small gulls. I decided to go down to the cricket pitch in Old Guy Rd, Queensbury to look for Skylark. Only this Common Gull was present, along with one more in a field.
All was not lost in the plodding up and down, I got my first Grey Wagtail of the year...
at Chapel Lane in Queensbury.😌
Monday, February 13, 2017
Also a Nuthatch, Blue & Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, LBBG & small gulls.
Prior to this Soil Hell produced 1 Meadow Pipit & 6 Skylark. Raggalds was shrouded in fog and unworkable.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
|Photos: D Shields|
Thanks once again for the news update Denise and the great pictures.
Other news today from DM: A Brambling seen near garden feeders in The Hough, Northowram along with a Greenfinch. 2 Redwing and 6 LTT were seen in the wider area and a Buzzard reported calling from the W side of Shibden Valley.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Tufted numbers were high. 3 Little Egret (I missed the Great White).
c11 Cormorant, 1 Shelduck, 6 Greylag, c70 Canada.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
8 small gulls on the flood. At 1130 hrs half way up the hill from hades a Green Woodpecker flew across Perseverance Rd > W then switched direction to Bradshaw. The hill top had 10 Skylark most of them singers. A local chap told me a Snipe was flushed earlier.
Looking down at the N slope bottom fields were uggins of Starling in with c200 Lapwing but no sign of the Golden Plover seen by BS last night. A Herring Gull high up was circling.
Ogden plantation coughed up c22 Fieldfare then the taps got turned off. The res was tear jerkingly boring and Stod Fold too was inert. Time to leave and return home and give Mixenden a miss.
There were 23 Brambling today but not the ringed individual. It was here again yesterday but I couldn't get anything on the ring. Let's hope it hangs around for a while.
|Pics: Denise Shields|
PS This morning 7 Feb there were 34 Brambling in the garden.
Monday, February 06, 2017
FP 0855 hrs c24 Brambling very active. 2 Song Thrush duetting, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackbird, Blue & Gt Tits. The White Crow flew across > E.
Here are 5 pics, the first 3 are mine, the last 2 amazingly unbelievable shots are from DW, who followed me down.
|bottom 2 pics by DW|
Harold Park lake at 1050 hrs was covered in mist and I could only see 5 Mute Swan, 1 f Goosander, 2 Redwing, 3 Blackbird & a few Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, several muted small gulls.
Park Dam 40 minutes later was better as the crap slowly lifted: 3 Goosander, 2 each GC & Little Grebe also Herring Gull. 1 Cormorant, c28 Canada, 5 Blackbird, several Coot, few Moorhen & Tufted. Several small gulls and as I was leaving the 5 a/m Mute Swan tickled the sound barrier and flew in.
Friday, February 03, 2017
One Skylark and 3 Common Gull around Corporal Lane, then for a good hour or so, it was downhill all the way both literally and metaphorically. Shibden was almost like an avian vacuum: any action took place sporadically within a minute or so. Again Blue/Gt Tits mainly with some colour provided by Green Woodpecker, Buzzard and Nuthatch. A Tawny Owl did call briefly.
The return leg proved rather interesting; uphill all the way and I discovered a new marine training route.🏃 Barbed wire, steep inclines, boggy bits ankle deep if you were lucky. At least I proved I'm fighting fit - fighting for breath and fit to drop 💩👅
|Pictures Denise Shields|
Denise 02 Feb
Thanks a lot Denise; what an impressive count for not only the local but I should think a wider West Yorkshire area.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
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I am still waiting returns for Black on Yellow ring 2H47 but indications show it was ringed in the UK! Amazing that Ogden Water BHGs come from further afield than the Meds I saw in Norfolk but then again the Meds don't come to Yorkshire as often 👀👺
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
c65 Lapwing & 1 Pied Wagtail Raggalds at 0935 hrs, the former flying around.
Soil Hill was shrouded by the fog undertaker and birdless. Ogden back lane had 9 Pheasant and some Woodpigs. The res was chronic; only a Nuthatch saved my receding sanity.
Stod Fold by contrast was lively. 26 Canada, 3 Goldfinch, 1 LTT ditto Mistle Thrush. c15 Pied Wagtail, c10 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 1 GSW.
A large flock of Starling had about 35 Fieldfare in among while c45 Redwing were flying around seperately. Also many Jackdaw in the wider area.
Mixenden Res sported the 3 Goldeneye, 4 Mallard and a host of small gulls.
DM reports 2 Buzzard showing well in Shibden Valley.