Saturday, December 03, 2016

Whimbrel migration...

How about this for a non-stop express !...

Soil Hill

Nice return to patch with a Red Kite through east at 13.30
Also present:
Starling ~50
Carrion Crow
Common Gull
Black-headed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Lapwing ~130
Herring Gull

Friday, December 02, 2016

Ogden & Soil Hill

          Couple of hours plodding around Ogden Plantation
          and Soil Hill produced very little, bumped into JL
          and DP who'd had the same lack of sightings though
          JL had spotted a Little Owl on his walk.

         8 Pheasant
         6 Wren
         8 Goldcrest
         2 Robin
         6 Wood Pigeon
         1 Possible Yellowhammer ?
         1 Calling Brambling but no sighting,
         Gulls, Crows, Magpies a plenty and a few un ID'd flyovers.

          Soil Hill-:
          1 male Stonechat
          1 Wren.

          8 Goldfinch
          2 Blackbird
          1 Mistle Thrush.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Swales Moor

An hour or so along Ringby Lane this afternoon. Fairly quiet apart from c40 Common Gulls "loafing"  along the ridge and a similar number of Carrion Crows with a few Jackdaws.
Just about to head home when a Sparrowhawk went over and flushed a flock of c22 Linnets from a weedy area at the north end of the site. I would have missed them otherwise.
c25 Starlings and 3 Stock Doves
1 male Reed Bunting on the way down
Reed Bunting

Oh and I also had a scan across to Soil Hill and saw a lone 'birder' wandering the summit - BS no doubt.!

Today's news

Still a few Waxwings about at Hanson Lane this morning.
Also from Goblin Wood at the back of Norland Moor - a few Brambling about there. (AT)

Mixenden and Stodfold

Met up by chance with AT at Mixenden so we did the Reservoir, Stodfold and lower end of the golf course at Lower Brockholes.

No duck on the Reservoir but 3 Herring Gulls with a few B H and Common Gulls

1 Great- spotted Woodpecker
2 Grey Partridge
1 Grey Heron
1 Kestrel
10+ Fieldfare
1 Jay
Quite a few Blackbirds about and 2 Mistle Thrush

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fly Flats and Cold Edge

Fly Flats - unusual to see a Magpie up there high > N. Otherwise just some Red Grouse, nothing else! Reservoir starting to freeze over. !

 Fly Flats - starting to freeze over
Female Stonechat at Cold Edge
I couldn't get a decent shot of the male - he was a beauty !

Cold Edge
26 Mallard
1 f Teal
2 Ravens >E
1 Little Owl
Pair of Stonechat
1 Kestrel
4  Mistle Thrush
1 Fieldfare
Red Grouse
1 Goldfinch

Stansfield Close

22 Waxwings still - in Hanson Lane just by Stansfield Close in top of tall tree at 8:20 this morning.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Local Walk


            Took a walk for a couple of hours at dusk around
            Pepper Hill & Swalesmoor-:
            Pepper Hill-:
            6 Mistle Thrush
            2 Fieldfare
            6 Redwing
            3 Robin
            8 Blackbird
            3 Great Tit
            1 Blue Tit
            1 Little Owl
            Lots of Gulls, Starlings, Crows & Jackdaws
            3 Meawdow Pipit
            1 Kestrel
            Gulls, Crows and Maggies.
            3 Grey Partridge.
            It's a shame the farm has cut down the Linnet
            and Twite tree nr the bottom of Ringby Lane.



News today

Walshaw Dean has at least 15 Crossbills very active giving good views late morning

Also at least 6 Waxwings still at Stansfield Close briefly around 14:20 this afternoon from Mike H - they are very elusive at times !

From BL c50 Brambling at Pudsey Road, Cornholme, Todmorden.
Also from Withens Clough - the Brambling flock 70+ still present last week in the beech wood up the track from Withens Clough car park (just below the reservoir) above Cragg Vale. PG

Monday, November 28, 2016

More waxy pics

On the way to the opticians I stopped off at Stansfield Close this PM and found 6 Waxwings still feeding on the berries. BL reports 12 Crossbills at Sunderland Pasture yesterday with 5 there today.

Whiteholme Reservoir

Adult Kittiwake >NE from Pete G. 12:15 today.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hanson Lane

20+ Waxwings still showing this afternoon at Stansfield Close from AS et al

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Walshaw Dean

Walshaw Dean today. 4 Crossbills and c100 Brambling in the main plantation, 3 Stonechats nearby and plenty of Fieldfares. Dipper and 4 teal at Lower Gorple. Above digi scoped record shots, ps sorry for putting them on moth site by mistake.


Circa 12 waxwings showing well this afternoon on Stansfield Close.  They were roosting in some sycamores at the cul de sac end of the close and were putting in some periodic sorties to their favoured rowan.

Stansfield Close - Hanson Lane

Still a few Waxwings about (6+) at Stansfield Close area at 11:00 - but worth checking other areas of Hanson Lane and Pellon Lane as they are very mobile. Patience needed at times though the favoured tree is just in Stansfield Close on the right.
PG DJS and Pauline (hope you got some nice shots) ! from Keighley.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Yesterdays Waxwing in Action

             A few more pics from yesterday of the Waxwing, I hope
             they're still there as have not heard anything today.
             A Ring-Necked Parakeet was seen up Queensbury today
             in the Shaw Lane area by NK.