Saturday, September 19, 2020

Mixenden Res'r and Hunter Hill watch-point

Nothing at all on the reservoir this morning and I failed to find hardly anything moving at all from Hunter Hill watchpoint in the cold >NE wind and clear sky.

Most interesting event - I was watching a Common Buzzard reasonably close by for quite a while till it dived speed with legs down - it had definitely seen something. It dropped out of site but came up again a minute later with a full grown Weasel dangling from it's talons. Looks like it got it head first. It carried it off out of site. I've never witnessed one take a Weasel before though I think BS had one a year or two back at Fly Flatts - this time, of course. with a photo (am I correct Bri?)

Otherwise it was down to a green Woodpecker,  Kestrel, c grounded Meadow Pipits,  Stock Dove, 2 Feral Pigeons and a Starling.

Elsewhere a Shoveler at Ringstone Edge reservoir (AT),

Friday, September 18, 2020

Soil Hill - north slope this morning.

Following in DJB's footmarks from this summer I set up the scope for a couple of hours in the hope of some migrants. Not a lot doing but enjoyable just the same. Brisk >NE wind, cool but bright and dry (apart from underfoot !)

6 Skylarks came in from distance to land on the hill
2 Buzzards headed high >E while 2 others were to the north of the watch-point
2 Snipe >E
c30 Swallows >SW
Lots of Meadow Pipits high >SW with lots of others on the top
c50 Goldfinch >E
2 Kestrel
Plenty of gulls in distant fields but a bit too distant for scrutiny.

Cold Edge yesterday (17th)

30 Pink-footed Geese high over Midgley Moor >SE at 08:45 was a decent start. Around the same time was a slightly larger flock over Fly Flatts heading >SE (see West Yorkshire Birding)

Otherwise - 2 Little Grebe, 11 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 3 Stonechats, 2 Teal, 3 Snipe, 2 Raven, 3 Red Grouse, 2 Chiffchaff and lots of Meadow Pipits blogging and >W on a broad front along with a few Swallows.

39 species in total was not a bad return for up there but the best was a flock of 25 Greenfinch near Moorlands Farm in the small copse and then on the overhead wires. Scarce birds for us nowadays but a welcome sight indeed.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mixenden and Hunter Hill

This morning. Little sign of anything much moving though conditions at high level were poor with mist hanging on. Hunter Hill - 40 +Swallows and c10 Hs Martins high >Sw
1 Green Woodpecker, c20 Linnets, a few Meadow Pipits, 1 Kestrel and 3 Jays

Mixenden Reservoir
One each - Teal, Cormorant, Mallard and Grey Wagtail.

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Luddenden Dean

This afternoon with mist still clutching the tops.

Fairly quiet in the Dean.
One group of 5 Stonechats and a Whinchat along Catherine House Lane and a Green Woodpecker calling nearby.

Chiffchchaff in Wade Wood.

Elsewhere - 2 Nuthatch, 3 Buzzards distant, 8 Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, 12+ Swallows plus not much else.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Swales Moor

First thing - very warm and no breeze and very little movement overhead, unless birds were very high, other than a few Meadow Pipits and 3 alba wagtails.

The rest were grounded along Ringby Lane - the best were...
2 Stonechats
4 Skylark
3 Chiffchaff
1 Green Woodpecker

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Wainstalls area

Castle Carr Road this afternoon

Family group of 5 Stonechats with a single Whinchat
2 Buzzards distant
1 Little Owl
A few Swallows

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Out of area Franklin's Gull

Franklin's Gull at Redcar Tarn Keighley today, well worth the trip, only the second in Yorkshire for 29 years I think.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Ploughcroft and Pepper Hill

Yesterday afternoon
A single Swift high over Shibden Valley was a big plus for September.

Still plenty of Swallows and House Martins in the valley. It's a good place in autumn especially with insects to feed on where there's shelter from a westerly wind.

1 Whinchat feeding from a fence line perch over a freshly cut hayfield was a bit unexpected but really nice birds to come across.

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Ogden / Ovenden Moor

Yesterday morning a very quiet walk over the moor apart from Red Grouse starting to make plenty of territorial noise and a family group of 5 Stonechats! 2 Kestrels near the wind-farm. Plenty of Meadow Pipits >W on a broad front and a few Swallows and a brief view of a Sparrowhawk.

Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch and 2 Great Crested Grebes on the water and a Common Buzzard flyover >E


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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Pepper Hill Kestrel Family

    Enjoyed watching a family of Kestrels hunting

    Pepper Hill every couple of hours today, they never

    gave up even after being pestered by Crows & 

    Magpies, there were 3 hunting together to be exact.

  








      

Pule Hill

Wheatear  (This is my last post. I don't like the new format at all, and it seems that this 'legacy format' is being withdrawn. If I have any photos in the future that support a difficult ID, I'll send them to Nick)

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Around and about - 7th September

 I checked the Wryneck site yesterday - no sightings as far as we know since Sunday morning, first thing. Green Woodpecker nearby. 2 Raven fly-overs >SW along with a few Meadow Pipits and Swallows.

Garden birds -female Blackcap briefly along with a Chiffchaff at the same time. Plenty of Coal Tits along with Blue, Great and 2 Long-tailed Tits.

Fly Flats and Withens Head - late afternoon - conditions not good at the reservoir with a strong westerly and heavy drizzle - I only found one Mallard ! Withens Head was slightly more sheltered -  1 Kestrel and 2 Wheatears by the farm with 2 Swallows still in and out of the farm building probably feeding young.