Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Green woodpecker heard.
Song thrush seen with nesting material.
Great spotted woodpecker seen feeding young.
No sign of pied flycatcher at the bench. Anyone else had it in recent days?
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Another pair are nesting in a hole in the wall behind a drain pipe above her front door - nestlings can be heard easily. She reckoned there are more pairs in the eaves of the two cottages.
Overall half a dozen or more birds around and about. Blue Tit in the box directly opposite her front window at the end of the lawn.
She made it known that we are welcome to go into the garden to watch, even when she's out (it's hard to see most of the boxes from the road). No evidence of any birds in the boxes around the farm.
Vixen with two well grown cubs in one area.
Wainstalls ( Castle Carr Road) produced two pairs of Lapwing with one small chick each - but there are a LOT of Carrion Crows in the area! Also 4 (unringed) Twite in possible nesting territory. At least 50 Jackdaws on the edge of the moor and lots of Swits moving through.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Several Spotted Flycatchers around and 2 pairs of treecreeper towards the top of the valley and also several Goldcrest in full song.
All the old and previously reliable haunts in beech woodland checked for Wood Warbler - but non. No Tree Pipits either in the areas they were not too many years ago, including a check at Blake Dean where there was one last year - but still a chance as the weather was not very favourable!
Peregrine and 2 Ravens high over Blake Dean heading south.
Walshaw (lower area) - 3 Redpoll over towards the plantation, 6 Oystercatchers and a Ring Ouzel calling. Mallard +7 and +3.
On the way back around 160 to 200 Swift over Crimsworth Dean must have found lots of insects in the sheltered valley. Also a male Sparrowhawk with prey. Several Willow warblers and Blackcaps.
Not a bad day considering the weather! No sign of Wheatear or Cuckoo today.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
S E Drake
Wood W. Pied Fly and Redstart all singing where Matt posted last week.
Elland G.P. 05.20-07.25
Still and clear but cold (only 5 deg at 05.20)
Whitethroat 8, Garden W 6, Blackcap5, Willow W 11,
No sign of Reed W or L Whtrt
Dipper 1 on ski lake
Ringstone Edge R 07.35-09.50
Clouding over from SW by 08.00
G C Grebe 2
G Heron 2 - 1 ad + 1 2nd Sum
Com Sand 2
Ringed Plover 1
L R Plover 6
B h Gull 33 flew SW
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Redstart singing at the clearing again. At one stage, it was singing right by a trio of nestboxes Nick C and I put up. Worth keeping an eye on.
Also, min. 9 spotted flycatcher, , 2 garden warbler, 1 song thrush, 1 gs woodpecker, peregrine over.
Male Goshawk watched circling and soaring at 15.25PM for 6 - 7 minutes before diving at high speed presumable at prey. At one point it was over the house of a member of the HBWC, and although I tried ringing him he failed to answer his mobile was in the garage whils't he was in the living room. A detailed desription will be submitted for this rare visitor to our area.
Elland Gravel Pits 18.00 - 20.00 PM
Usual stuff, Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and 3 Kingfishers. Lots of Swifts.
Friday, May 19, 2006
(just past - and on the same side as - the bench on the crest of the lane. By Public Footpath sign)
1 wood warbler
(in the Pay & Display/overflow carpark)
Stunning views of both birds just metres away. Nothing in the clearing.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
1 wood warbler (50m up towards Crimsworth Dean from the lower car park)
4 spotted flycatcher
I didn't get as far as the clearing or the bulk of the nestboxes, so I don;t know if the redstart is still there or the boxes are being used.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
This Collared Dove was reported nesting on a security light on the side of a house at the Queensbury end of Shibden valley.The owner has had to stop using his patio doors so as not to disturb the bird.
Many thanks to Mr Campbell for the report and use of his kitchen for the photos. BS
Monday, May 15, 2006
Tonight it rained for most of the 150 mins I spent in it, hoping that perhaps the bad weather would drop a wader or tern in. It didnt and the wader activity was subdued, even the plovers on the shore not moving much, but a female Merlin flew accross N bank giving excellent flight views. It landed on the wall in the NW corner close to the hide but I couldnt open the flap quietly enough to get a pic.
The waders present were Ringed Plover 3, L R Plover 2 (5 this morning), Common Sand 2, Redshank 1 (this morning).
A fox ran along the N bank.
The two G C Grebes came into the bay right in front of the hide during a heavy shower with distant thunder and lightening then started feeding heron fashion, presumably trying to catch small fish. They swam into the bay side by side often submerging their heads untill reaching the shallow water at the edge, then ungainly puhed up and stood completely out of the water except for their legs. Several times striking into the shallow water with their bills. I didnt see them catch anything but one of my pics (not posted) shows a grebe with something in its bill.
I am posting a few pics of this behaviour having never seen it before in 30+ years of birding (man, boy and baby).
Sorry about the quality but as you can see from first pic it was quite dark. I shot them at ISO 400 thro scope, then brightened them with Adobe.
Observing the grebes behaviour undisturbed so close was only possible because of the hide. The merlin could have been seen from the roadside but wouldnt have been because I certainly wouldnt have spent two and half hours up their in the rain.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing 100m below wier on West riverbank
Reed Warbler 1 between pools
Whitethroat 8 singing
Garden Warbler 5
Willow Warbler 8
Sand Martin 5+ over lake
Where was the Sedge W mid week ?
Friday, May 12, 2006
1 Cuckoo, 3 Green Woodpeckers, c6 Kestrels, 1f Sparrowhawk, several Willow Warblers, one Blackcap and a Dipper.
Also a male Whinchat on Castle Carr Road just past Bridge Terrace at Wainstalls and 3 Twite further along the road ands nearby 2 Grey Partridge.
Also no sign of Dotterell at High Brown Knoll on the area they appeared last year - been up there 5 times in last two weeks but nothing doing! Curlew and Golden Plover nearby and Dunlin in full song on Wednesday 10th.
Blake Dean - top Walshaw mid afternoon.Almost nothing, the only bird of note being a Ring Ouzel heard singing at Middle Walshaw.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
The bird on the right (male) with a fish in its bill, caught the fish in the canal only about 10 mtrs from me before flying back to the ski jump where it fed it to its mate.
At Ringstone this evening 19.20-21.15
Common Sand 2
7 spotted flycatcher
The redstart is by the clearing, 150yds past Gibson Mill. It is in full song, and I watched it as it broke mid-phrase to immitate both a willow warbler then a chiffchaff before finishing it's own phrase. The spotted fly's are by mill, by the clearing, and by the fork in the lane 250 yds past the mill.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
Volunteers are required to take info off the blog site and copy it on to the group recorder programme. 4 people have so far committed to do this, I could use at least another 2. Contact me if you think you might be able to help.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
I hope this post is relevant as I am not too sure that the site is within the Halifax Birding Recording Area! If it is then this is a very reliable site for Yellowhammer. 4 singing males observed in pretty dismal light early this morning. Other noteworthy sightings were:
2 Grey Heron
2 Kingfisher (on R Calder)
6 Common Whitethroat
1 Willow Warbler
2 Reed Bunting
Also, belatedly, from Tod railway station on Saturday could be heard Chiffchaff and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, amongst others.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Grasshopper Warbler still singing at Dean Head but not seen in bad weather at 05.30
Ringstone Edge R.
A welcome guest at the 'hilton' see pic. A female merlin sat on the hide roof at 06.30 before flying east low across the res.
Greenland Whtr 1 male 2 fems
White Wag 1