Saturday, May 27, 2017

This week

Wednesday- Little Egret was seen going >W near Baitings Reservoir (Blue Ball) heading over Blackstone Edge or beyond !! Pete G

Cuckoo's have been reported singing from numerous locations this week including Ogden, Fly Flats, Withens Clough, Walshaw Dean, Cragg Vale, Scout at Mytholmroyd etc.

Marsh Harrier over Norland last Saturday (20th). SB et al.

A decent selection of waders including up to 8 Dunlin at Fly Flats, all encouraged to stay awhile with a decent muddy shoreline showing. BS

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tawny Owl

A nice shot looking inside a Tawny Owl nest-box thanks to SD.

Cragg Vale

Woodcock 'Roding' in display flight last night - nearly dark.

2 Cuckoo's singing and 3 Tawny Owls heard

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Grasshopper Warbler

Heard a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in Baitings Gate Pasture (above Baitings Reservoir) on the climb up to Manshead End.

Also saw Linnet, Red Poll, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Meadowpipit, Curlew and Lapwing in Great Manshead Hill area.

Oystercatcher and Mistle Thrush between Ryburn and Baitings reservoirs. 


Three swifts over Triangle cricket club yesterday. Also Buzzard (being moved on by a crow).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Common Scoter

Female Common Scoter still at Blackstone Edge this evening.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


One Knot at Light Hazzles Res this afternoon.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Recent sightings - Jumble Hole area

Garden Warbler

Female siskin

Male siskin

3 of the 4 ravens
Garden warbler daily in the garden, with another 4 males singing within a short walking distance.
Whitethroat are less apparent than in past years, with just 2 singing at present.
A tawny owl is always around the same area in the woods, with a blackbird harassing it constantly to move on.
A redpoll was briefly on the nyjer seed on the 11th May, with 3+ siskins present still daily.
A single woodcock is roding here at dusk.
4 ravens were between here and Hebden Bridge - which isn't the first time in spring.
Green and great spotted woodpecker.are both very regular, but no nests located.
A pair of moorhen are around on the Calder at Callis Bridge - the first time I've seen them this far up the valley.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


First young starlings of the year over the garden this morning.

Surveys - Calderdale Birds Conservation Group

At the last Conservation Group Meeting there were concerns raised about the plight of local House Martin colonies - a massive crash since we did our last in depth survey in Calderdale in 2011. They are also in serious decline nationally.
Similarly, Swifts are also in decline, and again  not just in Calderdale though Swallows so far seem to be holding their own (?)
House Sparrows, too are struggling in some areas.
The group decided it would be good to log records of nesting colonies in 2017 as we already do annually with Rookeries and Heronries.

Information could well be useful in the future especially if we can protect the birds from development proposals (through the Planning Process) or provide alternative nesting solutions ?

Therefore please could all readers of the blog provide information anytime this summer on the presence of nesting birds i.e.
House Sparrows, House Martins, Swifts.

Location and brief description of the site and the number (or estimated) of nests or number of suspected nesting birds. All information would be greatly appreciated.

Information can be sent to me or via the blog email

Hardcastle Crags

We had a walk, chancing the drizzle, yesterday afternoon and managed to find one of the recent Wood Warblers still singing in woodland between Midgehole car park and Gibson Mill. Also a single Spotted Flycatcher and a few Blackcaps singing.
A good show of Song Thrushes - they like that area
Green Woodpwecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young in a nest hole
A few Swifts and Swallows

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fly Flats etc

Pouring rain and a strong westerly late morning - most birds in hiding
1 Redshank
1 Snipe
4 Herring Gulls
2 L B B Gulls

Withens Head
1 Wheatear

Nolstar fields
11 Golden Plover

Mixenden Reservoir
Pair of Tufted Duck
c60 Swallows
20+ House Martins
1 Blackcap