Wednesday, January 18, 2017


4 or more large skeins of geese reported heading over Hebden Bridge dusk/early evening yesterday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Other news

From yesterday - 4 Brambling in the trees at Coach Road, Brighouse (M St)

Noon today c 150 Pink-footed Geese >NW over Ripponden (WG)

Waxwings reported again in the Skircoat Green area between the shops at the top of Godfrey Road and the traffic light junction. (SB)
Also from SB - c20 Brambling at Norland near the pub at the Day Nursery turn.

Walshaw Dean and Lower Gorple

An afternoon with AT in the overcast and misty conditions - but it could have been worse by just about avoiding the dense banks of fog.
Very few birds about but what we found were very acceptable !
Walshaw Dean plantation - at least 6 Crossbill in the top of the Spruce's
c70 Fieldfare >SE
Small flock of Goldfinch

Lower Gorple Reservoir
1 male Kestrel near the Pack Horse
1 Dipper
7 Brambling came in to roost in the plantation near the former reservoir keepers house and obliged by alighting in the very top of a tall Larch
1 Herring Gull >W
19 Pink-footed Geese arrived from the west, meandered about a couple of times, obviously disorientated in the mist but they left probably towards Walshaw Reservoirs ?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Castle Carr Road

A couple of hours this afternoon along the road above Luddenden Dean started off well with a group of Pink-footed Geese heard high over the dean. I managed a few distant shots - 21 birds >NW around 14:55. I guess these were the same ones as Nick had over Roils Head.
1 distant Kestrel over Midgley Moor (not many 'kessies' about)
c65 Fieldfare
Pair of Little Owls
1 adult Herring Gull >NW
1 adult Great Black-backed Gull >NW
2 Stock Doves
1 Dunnock
1 Blackbird
A few Red Grouse heard
2 Pheasants that 'flayed the living daylights' out of me as I checked over  a wall . I should be used to being surprised by them by now !!

Lee Mount earlier in the day
1 Grey Wagtail feeding in the wet in Lee Mount Road
1 Song Thrush singing

Hardcastle Crags - 1pm

Lower carpark to just past the mill
- 12+ goldcrests
- lots of siskin heard
- 2 pair of treecreeper together
- c. 6 nuthatch
- not one woodpecker!

Back at Jumble Hole, 5 meadow pipits were unexpected in from of the house.

Roils Head

Lots of birds about today, Roils Head buzzing with finches including 2 Brambling, also Song Thrush, Reed Bunting and 21 Pinkies west. 9 Herring Gulls east and 7 west, 2 GBBGs west 2 LBBGs west. Yesterday at Walshaw Dean, 4 Crossbills, 2 Stonechats, 1 Twite, 30 Reed Buntings, 25 Herring Gulls, 6 Great BBGs, 3 Teal.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mixenden Res'r, Moor End and Balkram Edge

Great Crested Grebe still there
3 f Goldeneye there but left towards Ogden
c100 B H Gull and c40 Common Gulls
1 adult Great Black-backed Gull and 1 adult Herring Gull >W together
1 Grey Wagtail
Green Woodpecker heard
Meadow Pipit 2 >W
14 Fieldfare >NW

Nothing doing at the Moor End site

Balkram Edge
1 Little Owl

Friday, January 13, 2017

Other news

Went to the tip at Lee Bridge this morning. Just unloading when I heard a Dipper call as it flew overhead heading upstream from Dean Clough towards Old Lane/Holmfield. A great bird for such an industrial area and a nice surprise.

I also got a call from my Auntie who lives at Queensbury. Seen 2 different looking birds this morning in the garden  with  a tufts on their heads and having looked through the book thought they could be Waxwings !. Alerted BS who promptly found 6 birds around Moor Close Road. Well done Bri and Auntie D of course. See 'West Yorkshire Birding' blog for report and photos.

Mixenden Reservoir and Moor End

3 female type Goldeneye
1 Great Crested Grebe - still there from yesterday
Black- headed and Common Gulls moving through towards Ogden + 1 adult L B B Gull
1 Grey Wagtail
5 Siskin
15+ Goldfinch
15+ Stock Doves
6 Canada Geese moving towards Ogden

Moor End
Nothing there today - the mipits and Redwings must have moved elsewhere, possibly to lower elevations after the snow and frost last night.

Sowerby Bridge

Male goosander on river outside entrance to swimming pool about 15.30.  Paddling against current and going nowhere for a while.  Then it swam under road bridge towards where rivers meet.  We crossed the road and watched as it joined a group of mallards and they all came towards us obviously hoping for some food.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sunny Vale area

In the Red Beck Valley a Green Woodpecker showed really well, flushed from near the road, then flying to a nearby tree. It didn't appear again so it presumably had found a safe tree hole.
On the lake at Sunny Vale, there were the usual suspects-
9 Teal
3 Little Grebes
12 Moorhen
2 Coot
10 Mallard
and another Green 'Pecker yaffling nearby.

Bird Records

Its that time of year again when I am busy compiling the bird records from the previous year. SO if you have not yet sent them in could I please have them by the end of January. Thanks to every one who's already contributed. We still need to sell more Bird Reports just to break even, so if you have not got one they are still for sale at Woodlesford go local store at Pellon/Mount Tabor and at Flying Saucers at Hebden Bridge. DJS also carries some in the boot of his car so if you see him about he's the man to get one from.


Nothing much to report from up there in a snow shower this afternoon
1 Kingfisher in the ponds below the embankment was very nice to see.
24 Canada Geese >N in the snow storm maybe towards Thornton Moor

Couple of sightings

A dipper is a regular at Callis Bridge, as are a pair of grey wagtails.

2-8 siskins are almost always in a small group of larch trees near my house at Jumble Hole, although I haven't managed to coax them on to the feeders yet.

And a pair of goosander were on the canal by Walkley Clogs this morning.

Mixenden and Moor End

Great Crested Grebe on Mixenden this morning along with a Goldeneye.

Moor End
I was trying to count Meadow Pipits when a Sparrowhawk went through low and 50+ Meadow Pipits lifted. I felt it worth scanning for possible larks but the snow came down thick and fast and curtailed detailed scanning.
The snow brought down c180 Redwings and 2 Fieldfare - they were really close to the road though I left before it got worse as the road was getting covered in snow. ! Another climate up there but not as bad as Soil Hill !!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ogden etc

Poor results today after spending quite a lot of the morning at Ogden mainly doing the woodland areas -
Usual Mallard, 2 Jays, c8 Long-tailed Tits and not a lot else other than a few B H and Common Gulls and 3 L B B Gulls.

1 Red Grouse at Fly Flats then the mist came in and another Red Grouse at Withens Head

Red grouse (male)

Cold Edge - dire !

Moor End near Mt Tabor - c35 Meadow Pipits was nice. 3 Stock Dove. Always worth a check in wet weather at the former landfill site for gulls, corvids, pipits and larks (but no Skylark today.)

Monday, January 09, 2017


Lane Head still with around 70 Waxwings this afternoon (AT)

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Other news today

From AT - yesterdays 4 Shelduck and 'pinks' at Ringtone had moved on though the Canada Geese were still there + a pair of Goosander on the reservoir.

At least 275 Pink-footed Geese this morning around 09:30 over Northowram and Beacon Hill (AC and PG) + 5 Brambling near Shibden Hall (PG)

5 Whooper Swans (4 adults and a juv) on Lower Gorple Reservoir late afternoon left >W around 15:50 (MM)

Lane Head, Brighouse - up to 80 Waxwings still present mid afternoon (BirdGuides report)

Swales Moor

I went to check on the top mid afternoon inspired by a message from BS about a Snow Bunting briefly this afternoon on Soil Hill. See West Yorkshire Birding for Brian's report. Well done BS - persistence eventually paid off  !

Ringby Lane. Light not good and very overcast but plenty of birds about to keep the interest going.
2 Ravens >N then turned >W
5 adult Great Black-backed Gulls - >NW
1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull >S
25+ Herring gulls >NW
110+ Common Gulls -  all loafing along the ridge
Golden Plover 1 >W
Sparrowhawk 1 >S

Other birds on then top - 18 Starling, 2 Stock Doves, 6 Mistle Thrush, c30 Redwings + the usual corvids

A few record shots only of this afternoons birds in poor light
 Great Black-backed Gulls
 Golden Plover
Common Gulls (part of the flock)