Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Juvenile Peregrine came over this morning from Pellon direction and went off towards Ploughcroft after circling on thermals.
They were in the last field on the left before the top lodge at the far end of Castle Carr Road, also c6 Linnet in among the flock. Lets hope the farmer does not cut the field down just yet as the birds are feeding on the standing seed heads of Sorrell and Plantain etc!
Redpoll still singing, 3 Willow Warblers and a Song Thrush.
Evening out with Sean J looking for Owls.
1 Little Owl and a distant view of what may have been a leo hunting from posts in near darkness. Woodcock heard, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Kestrels 2 Curlews and a few LBBGs moving through.
Having trouble posting again
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Just by the rear of the cottage we stayed in was a field in which the local farmer grazed his cattle. The field was quite poor having been overgrazed and it being on damp poorly drained soil did not help either. Right next to the fence that divided the field from the garden of the cottage were some patches of Rush (Juncus sp). I noticed that the local Swallows had developed a method of feeding directly from these patches of Juncus. They would fly into the wind and hover over the Juncus until they spotted (or perhaps scared) an insect into moving and then they would fly down and pick the insect off the plant. We watched them many times doing this in bad weather when no insects were flying. The second feeding habit we noticed was that as soon as the cows were let back into the field after being milked the Swallows would appear and fly low down between the grazing cattle picking up any insects that the cattle had disturbed. I have stayed in this cottage twice before and have never noticed either method feeding before, this year had appalling weather and I assume the Swallows found this the only way of obtaining food at times in bad weather ? Are both these methods usually seen in feeding Swallows in the UK ?
Second question: Having become very interested in Ravens after spending many hours watching them on the Llyen peninsular this summer I wish to purchase a book about them. I know various titles are out there but does anyone have a recommended title they would suggest I buy ?
Third question: having watched lots of Buzzards and Ravens this summer in close proximity, why do Ravens not chase or harass Buzzards flying near their patch ? Most other corvids seem to chase any bird of prey they see but Ravens & Buzzards seem to co-exist quite happily.
Vis Mig :-
House Martin............. 84 >W
Sand Martin............... 5 >W
Swift.......................... 17 >W
Skylark...................... 4 >W
4 Wheatear on deck
+ usual sp.
Searched all area round feeding station including
track across moors at N end and track down to
Dean Head res with no Twite. BS
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Received a phone call today from a lady off Sourhall Road near Todmorden who has found over a dozen twite in a quarry near where she lives, will try and check this out tommorrow, had a look at the general area last week and found a couple of birds feeding at the roadside.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Just had 25 Twite at the Midgley feeding station tonight and a Buzzard over Crimsworth Dean during the week (AB)
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
A juv Spotted Flycatcher was at the edge of the plantation. Also nearby a pair of Stonechats with at least one fledged young. A Badger also seen nearby was a bonus.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
- Received today
We have not been able to blog for some time following the change.However I have this morning seen a flock of between 30-40 black ducks land on the above in a very compact flock.Through the wardens scope they have bright yellow patches on their bills.They also had paler flight wing when they were landing.I am thinking common scoter?
22/07/2007 0730-0930hrs. Fog patches, heavy rain, then drizzle,W>4.
71 Swallows >W
5 Swift >W
Lots of blogging Mipits
Lots of feeding Swallows, Withens Gap
Still no Twite, seed probably been getting washed away?
All Common Sand appear to have gone. BS
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Myself and Sean J checked out a few LEO sites last night. A single juv was hunger calling at one site but at another the young seem to have dispersed well outside the nesting wood as they had at another site the night before.Any other sites will probably have to be checked in the next couple of weeks before the young move out??. We also were rewarded with a family party of 3 Merlins at one of the leo sites, displaying Woodcock and 2 Tawny Owls + oystercatcher heard.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
this bird was sat here when i got out of the car and the young bird was calling constantly.
this was last of the calderdale breeding birds for my year list,a long time coming but worth it.
well done to nick d and everyone for the big effort they have put in this summer in locating these very secretive birds.
its no secret im going for andys year list record,so at 139 with 6 to to equal and 5 months left and green withens has not yet peaked,i hope for a good autumn.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
There are still many new sites to cover for leos, any help would be gratefully recieved.
15/07/2007 0745-1015hrs Dead calm then SE>3. cloudy,specks of rain.
230 Canadas inc well grown young
4 Common Sand
3 LBB Gull
1f Sparrowhawk getting heavily mobbed with Mipits and Swallows.
14 House Martins >SW movers, very high and direct.
48 Swift >SW... moving birds,fast and low over the moor.
3 Skylark >W very high.
+ usual sp.
Again no Twite
No sight or sound of Curlew. Is anyone else still getting Curlew.?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
2 juveniles heard and seen. 1 adult seen hunting and feeding them. I managed to get a rather poor shot of one juvenile (and that took about an hour).
Then the adult appeared and decided to go hunting.
It came back with food and went off hunting again. The second time it flew in I was ready for it.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thought I would take this chance to update people on the Long-eared Owl survey. To date we have proven 5 pairs breeding, all having calling young.Another site produced an adult flying in and out of a wood with prey indicating breeding and a single bird was heard calling at a seventh site. Any help over the comming few weeks would be gratefully recieved.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Song thrush singing and 3 house martins by the Hinchcliffe Arms.
3 swallows, 5 goldfinch, female and juvenile stonechat by the car park.
2 carrion crow, 10 meadow pipits, 4 reed bunting and a rare skulking warbler that, after 10 minutes of trying to get a good view, sang exactly like a wren!
23 canada geese and 4 black headed gulls.
2 pied wagtails, 5 blackbirds and about a dozen wood pigeons.
Feeding station at Fly Flatts also checked for Twite but nothing doing there - lots of Niger seed and topped it up. 2 Oystercatchers also at Fly Flats and c60 Meadow Pipits down the track from the road to the sailing club with lots of young birds in among.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Undisclosed site - 7:45pm to 9:00pm
I took the opportunity to go looking for LEOs this evening, a species I've not seen before. I was just walking along the path when I caught sight of an owl hunting in the distance but too far away for a positive identification. I walked on to the spot where I'd seen it and could hear a young owl calling. I was just scanning the trees and moors when I saw the adult heading back up the path. I managed to get the above photos as it passed by.
It went on and perched on a post for a short time before dropping into the grass. It caught something and headed into the trees to the nest site.
I also managed to see a couple of juvenile stonechats, 6 curlews and 11 mistle thrush flying over.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The nests all seemed empty, but meeting a man who they guessed was a regular walker, and enquiring about the herons, they were told this.
The stranger had recently seen two herons fly along the canal away from him, towards Brearley. Expecting to see them again, all he saw was an object moving on the canal.
When he got up to it, it was a freshly dead or nearly dead, juvenile heron, being towed across the water by a mink. The assumption was that the mink had just killed the heron.
I wonder if any other mammals e.g. otters, stoats, cats, foxes, prey on them.
(squirrels ?) :-)
Nick Dawtrey is still unable to post on the Blog and has asked me to post this. 2005 Halifax Birdwatchers Club Reports are now available from the Piece Hall Tourist Information Centre in Halifax. Also at the Woodlesford newsagents - Moor End Road near Mount Tabor. £5 I think.
Woodland area - Nuthatch and Sparrowhawk and 1 pr Willow Warblers feeding young. Also 1 pr of Spotted Flycatchers feeding young near (but not in nestboxes 44, 45, 46). Also Great -spotted Woodpecker and several Treecreepers and Goldcrests singing.
Moorland areas, everything seemed to come out after the rain, including f Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits, Short-eared Owl, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 prs Kestrel, Curlews, Lapwings and 2 Golden Plover, 2 Stock Doves, Little Owl and 4 L B B Gs.
Unfortunately not a sign of any Twite - which is what I was really after!