Monday, July 15, 2019

Ringstone ...Green Sandpiper

Popped up to Ringstone today.....Swifts , Swallows , Kestrel ,,Cormorant , 5 BH Gull , 6 LBBGull , 3 Tufted Duck , 3 GCGrebe , 300 + Lapwing ,2 Oystercatcher , Moorhen with chick , and I flushed a Green Sandpiper by the overflow , it flew along the dam wall and landed in front of the hide , it was still there when I left...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier over Lower Gorple this morning.

Great White Egret

Some very nice pictures from John M of the egret this afternoon on the River Calder at Cromwell Bottom . It flew off towards Elland at 16:10.

Shibden Park

As I approached the lake at 0945 I saw a Great Egret flying above the water. It did a couple of circuits below tree height, then departed over the trees to the southwest.

 The white cygnet has pale legs, and a pale bill (contrast bill of the normal cygnet at top of first picture). But it has some brown in the plumage, so does this mean it's not a Polish Swan?   Note: Thanks Andy for the reference to the BB article on Polish Swans (  ); the photo with this article shows a bird with a similar amount of brown to ours, so ours looks good.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lee Mount

I ended up on Sky-watch most of the day today but the sky was quiet with max of 6 local Swifts, 2 House Martins and a few passing L B B Gulls as well as the garden birds with Song Thrush singing again.
Best of the day was a juvenile Peregrine over >W around 14:30. It was low down and skimmed over the trees heading up the Wheatley Valley.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Ringstone Edge

These are 5 out of a party of 8 Stock doves.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ringstone Edge

'Continental' cormorant, P carbo sinensis. The rear edge of the bare skin drops vertically from the gape. So the angle of the edge of the bare skin at the gape is obtuse - ie more than 90 degrees.

Common sandpiper.

Fly Flatts

Called up there late afternoon to scope from the top road for an hour.
Must have just missed BS !
2 Barnacle Geese with c 360 Canada Geese
2 Kestrel
4 Raven went over >N
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Lapwing
6 Black-headed Gulls, including one of this years juveniles
1 Herring Gull
15+ L B B Gulls
A few mipits and that was about it apart from 7 Greylag Geese near Nolstar

Mixenden Reservoir etc

Nothing much doing but a Whitethroat in the bushes was surprise there.. Only 6 House Martins there today.

Also called at Nick's early afternoon, we were just at the front door and a Peregrine went over calling and scattering the Feral pigeons.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Ringstone Edge

Little Owl. Taken with Panasonic Lumix TZ80 (viewfinder; 30x optical zoom).

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Mixenden Reservoir and Hunter Hill

Nothing much on the reservoir other than feeding House Martins.

On Hunter Hill - Green Woodpecker and a Little Owl were the best birds of the morning.
c120 Lapwings in the fields near Nolstar must now be a post breeding flock.

I checked Slaughter Gap but it's probably a bit early yet for migrants !

Lower down a Jackdaw flock was making a racket with lots of this years juveniles. Probably around 150 altogether.

Not a lot else other than a few Swallows and Swifts, 9 Linnets, some Goldfinch and Meadow Pipits, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackbirds and 30+ Starlings.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Shibden Park

Still a pair of Mute swans with 5 cygnets. The male still shows the result of what I've been told was a dog attack. And one of the cygnets is white, with a pale bill: leucistic?

Monday, July 01, 2019

Ringstone Edge

Great crested grebe 2
Tufted duck 3m
Kestrel 1f
Oystercatcher 3 south (pm)
Lapwing 95
Lesser black-backed gull 30
Rook 42