Friday, January 19, 2018

Mixenden Reservoir

Late morning - with snow showers continuing
Just 1 Shelduck
3 Goosander including a male
3 Goldeneye
5 Cormorant
5 Herring Gulls >W

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mixenden Reservoir

This afternoon
2 Shelduck - initially found one bird on the water which then moved on to the top of the embankment then I found another one hiding away on the shoreline just over the banking near the gate. (BS and AT arrived on a 'twitch' ......and it was good to have a chat in the sleet !)
6 Cormorant
Pair of Goldeneye
4 Mallard
A few B H Gulls, though Common Gulls notable by their absence, other than just a few adult birds.
1 Herring Gull flythrough >W
2 Jays and a few Goldfinch
I also checked the woodland plantation in the hope of a Woodcock - what a bog - but all I could find was a Kestrel sheltering from the elements.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Red Grouse behaviour

Posting from Rob G on Sunday 14th Jan. Thanks Rob. An interesting encounter of territorial behaviour !

" Walshaw Dean Reservoir this morning at the gate leading up High Rakes!! Refused to let me pass and blocked my progress for about 50 metres up the track. Kept flying at my legs and standing toe to toe with me."

Mixenden Res’r and Fly Flatts

3 Goldeneye (1drake)
2 Cormorant
1 Grey Wagtail
1 ad Great Black- backed Gull >W
c100 B H Gulls but only 6 Common Gulls
60+ Jackdaws
Green Woodpecker flyover towards Ogden

Fly Flatts
20+ Mallard
2 Raven >S
1 x 2nd winter Herring Gull >NW

Withens Head
18 Fieldfare

Saturday, January 13, 2018


A Cormorant in the Calder just upstream of the Huddersfield Road bridge. Not sure how unusual this is is, but I can't recall seeing one here before.

Ogden Garden

Reed Bunting perched on the cotoneaster and on the ground feeder most days in the last 10 day period.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Skircoat Moor

From WG - c30 Redwings on the sports pitch areas yesterday on the lower side of Skircoat Moor near the 'chippy'.
A traditional wintering area  and it's always worth to check for them there as well as in and around Manor Heath Park.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Warley Moor

Took a walk along Castle Carr Road this afternoon and at the end by the 'Top Lodg' ended up heading over Warley Moor to Rocking Stone Flat at SE035302 - what a bog, though I avoided the worst bit which is the moor to Slade and Withens Head. That's often a wellie job in summer, never mind winter !
On the top (412m) I could see BS just pulling up at Fly Flatts nearly a mile away so we had a nice  chat over the phone ! Look forward to tonights report Bri.

Very little to report bird wise....but enough to keep me going.
5 Herring Gulls >W
3 Kestrels over Midgley Moor
1 Stock Dove
Plenty of Red Grouse getting vocal
1 Reed Bunting at the top lodge - it used to be a good spot for a small wintering flock but only the one in evidence today.

2 Little Owls together near Wainstalls
Also a flock of 80+ Fieldfare flew over towards Cold Edge
 Looking east towards Slade and Withens Head (wind farm in the mist)
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Looking west towards the 'top lodge' with Midgley Moor beyond

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


                   Male and Female Pintail at Ringstone today.MH,DF

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


Redwings etc

From Andy H.
Small group of fieldfare, Mistle thrush and redwings near craggies yesterday with a couple of the redwings showing characteristics of ssp coburni although I couldn't see undertail coverts as they were feeding on the ground. Worth checking any flocks you come across.
Will try post photos from Andy.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Lesser Redpoll

'listers' will probably be interested in this. Birdwatch January 2018.