Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Very little moving at the watchpoint this morning probably due to the strong North Westerly and low cloud. 44 Meadow Pipits >SW and 7 Siskin >N. In the absence of any real movement I checked the gully at Slaughter Gap -this turned out to be a little more rewarding
1 Redstart (though elusive)
1 Spotted Flycatcher
15 Blue Tits
4 Coal Tits
8 Great Tits
c40 Swallows and 6 House Martins
c15 Wheatears were also around the site with some of these sheltering in the quarry area
Monday, August 29, 2011
1 juvenile Whinchat at the back of the ski club hut and that was about it other than a few pipits and Swallows.
The juvenile Cuckoo was still in the fields along Cold Edge Road. Good to see BS SC and NCD up there. I gather the Cuckoo headed down towards Cold Edge around 4pm.
Heading back to the car the juv Cuckoo alighted on a wall next to me but quickly moved further away to sit on the wall top opposite Nolstar Kennels on Cold Edge Road. This looks like the same one from last week. Nearby a female Merlin was chasing pipits and there were 200+ Swallows around and around the area north of Mixenden Res'r and c40 House Martins.
1 out of the 12 Wheatear present was a brightly coloured large bruiser of a bird of the Greenland sp.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
There should be lots of migrant warblers etc coming through in the next few weeks - hopefully we will be able to find a few as Nick did yesterday as well at Roils Head.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
1 Stock dove
3 Skylark, 1 singing
a few mipits. Jackdaw, Crow
The top is becoming quite green now, lots of growth,
worth following its progress.
The down side is its becoming even more hazardous
to walk over as the bricks and wire are hidden.
I expected a pond or two, none seen on top, just
water in the ruts and on the path. Lots of swallow
activity at Cock Hill Gate Farm (SE071304). Have you got this site
Friday, August 26, 2011
100+ Linnet around New Moss Farm
60+ Meadow Pipits
1 Red-legged Partridge
c60 Woodpigeons and 6 Stock Doves
1 Great-spotted Woodpecker
25 L B B Gulls, 20 Common Gulls and 15 B H Gulls in the fields
2 Swifts came up from over Ogden reservoir and headed NE
c40 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins >SW
6 Kestrels (mostly over towards Soil Hill) and 1 male Sparrowhawk
Didn't get chance to check around the res'r today.
Above - juvenile Cuckoo - and on some of my photos still showing signs of a gape but it was feeding on its own and no sign of the hosts!
I tried - 8 till 10 this morning in the drizzle!!
As expected there was very little in the way of movers, mainly heading SW
6 B H Gull
2 Common Gull
1 L B B gull
With 5 Meadow Pipits and 1 Jackdaw heading North
Nearby was a bit more interesting with a juvenile Cuckoo on a wall looking very bedraggled in the rain but still managing to find a few large caterpillars among the thistles and nettles.
1 Grey Partridge
90 Meadow Pipits around the quarry
13 alba Wagtails nearby and 2 Wheatears
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Then we wandered around Roils Head but not much there apart from a few Willow Warblers and a pair of Bullfinch.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
An interesting morning although not a lot of movers other than hirundines
Cormorant 1 >S
Sparrowhawk 1 >S
Common Buzzard 1 >S at 10am very high
Lapwing 2 >S
L B B Gull 2 >S and 12 >N
Woodpigeon 1 >N
Swift 1 >S
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 >S
Swallow 144 >S (84 and 60) +200 in the valley
Meadow Pipit 22 >N
flava Wagtail 1 >N towards Ogden golf course at 10.25 - I went down towards the golf course to see if it had come down but there were a lot of golfers so guess it moved straight through?
alba Wagtail 3 >S
Starling 4 >S
Goldfinch 2 >S and 6 >N
35 House Martins
2 Green Woodpecker
1 Peregrine (juv)
plus other usual sp.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
1 Peregrine to the SE
1 Swift to SE
1 Curlew >W
2 Linnet >SW
A few mipits and a Pied Wagtail over with plenty of distant hirundines feeding over the valley.
Birds nearby included 4 Grey Partridge, c5 Wheatears, c6 Kestrels, 3 Sparrowhawk sightings, LBB Gulls over towards Ogden coll etc. and about 100 mixed flock of B H Gulls and Common Gulls over towards Illingworth in a new mown field.
Friday, August 19, 2011
- Finally, for what I believe is the first time, I had a nuthatch in the garden this morning. They've been close, but never in the garden.
- Green woodpeckers are seen or heard daily over the house, but didn't nest in the usual dead tree in Jumble Hole
- A tawny owl is a reliable sighting at dusk on a particular tree off the lane
- 3 juv grey wagtails were on Eastwood sewage works earlier in the week, with 2 juv peregrines hunting over Erringden
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
c60 Meadow Pipits around the quarry site this morning
Moving birds >SW included 5 House Martins, 2 Linnets, 2 Goldfinch
No waders, though there is still some shoreline mainly at the far end
Several Kestrels around the moors
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Also this afternoon over 30 House Sparrows on the garden feeders etc. This is the highest count here for years. Looks like they have had a good breeding season with lots of juvs in the group. Anyone else noticed a good House Sparrow year in your area?
2 Meadow Pipts
1 House Martin and 2 Swallows moving SW
1 LBB Gull over
1 Little Owl at Ploughcroft
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
1 drake Common Scoter was a surprise near the sw corner and later moved towards the top end of the res'r
2 Common Sandpipers
1 Curlew over in the mist
5 Swallows going south
2 LBB Gulls including the one with the smashed right wing - I can't see it surviving much longer
No Twite again
Cold Edge Road down from The Withens to Nolstar Kennels
40+ Meadow Pipits
3 Curlew over going sw
4 Goosander (looked like the same birds seen at Ogden the other day)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
4 Goosander (2 females and 2 juveniles)
13 L B B Gulls
18 Common Gulls
58 B H Gulls
1 Grey Heron
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Above - Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with wing damage
1 Common Sandpiper
1 juv Peregrine
19 LBB Gulls including one adult with a badly broken wing. This looks like it's flown into a fence or been attacked by a predator. It's days are numbered, unfortunately!
Monday, August 08, 2011
Local Swifts seem to be on their way now as breeding has probably just about finished in our area except for a few stragglers. There will of course be birds moving through in the next few weeks.
Lots of Swallows (c30) collecting mud in the horse field near Stodfold
1 Grey Wagtail
Nothing on Mixenden Res'r - no gulls using it yet as a day time roost.
1 Little Owl at a new site - (will send the details on Jeff)
1 Whitethroat in scrub by the golf course
13 L B B Gulls but no sign of the Yellow-legged Gull
8 Common Gulls
60 B H Gulls
1 female Blackcap still feeding young
Next season's list of lectures at Huddersfield Birdwatchers' Club has just been posted on our web site at http://www.huddersfieldbirdwatchersclub.co.uk/#/meetings/4536174316
I'm sure that you will find something of interest here if you want to come along. Entry is free to all with a contribution from non-members being welcomed.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Sunday 20th November 2011 (0930-1630 hrs)
Gala Theatre, Durham City, DH1 1WA
The annual NERF Conference for 2011 is being hosted jointly by the Durham Upland Bird Study Group and the Durham Bird Club at the prestigious Gala Theatre, Durham City.
Registration, coffee and exhibits will be available for delegates from 0845 hrs and the conference will open at 0930 hrs. Lunch and afternoon refreshments are included in the ticket price. Please note that the event is being staged on a Sunday.
As usual, there is an exciting and varied programme for you to enjoy. We’ll be covering a wide range of topics guaranteed to be of interest to upland raptor fieldworkers. Delegates will be able to put questions to the speakers at the end of each session. The lunch break provides an opportunity to share experiences amongst friends and colleagues. Paul Irving, NERF Chairman, will also bring us up to date with recent developments within the Forum.
Topics and speakers for the 2011 Conference are:-
• The implications of climate change for the uplands
Prof Brian Huntley, Durham University
• UK Raptors and the work of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel
Mark Holling, Secretary of RBBP
• The National Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey
Anne Cotton, BTO Scotland
• Eagle research and conservation around the world
Dr Ruth Tingay, Wildlife International Network
• The challenges of monitoring Short-eared Owls
John Calladine, BTO Scotland
• “Skydancer”, a new start for Hen Harriers in Cumbria and Northumberland
To be advised, RSPB, North of England
• Raptors and the value of the Nest Record Scheme
David Leech, BTO Tring
Delegate fees are £21.00 for adults and £10.00 for those aged 14 – 18 years. Once again, demand for places is expected to be high so please book early to avoid disappointment.
7.00 for 7.15pm
Hugh Warwick, author of "A Prickly Affair" is visiting us from Oxford to give his presentation "My Life with Hedgehogs". He is a zoologist and a national expert on the species. He was actually born in Halifax but his parents moved away when he was about 10 (days old!)
Entry is free (voluntary collection.)
Unfortunately, the site I had in mind for setting up my hide is currently somewhat devoid of Linnets. I have just spent a fruitless day under canvas at another site where the only 3 birds present decided to forage in the fields rather than come down to the lovely Nyger seed that I had spread in front of the camera for them.
I'm looking for a location where there are more than just a couple of birds, where the birds are regularly coming to a particular location, and where it's possible to get up close and personal - hence the hide. They are generally too flighty to get close up to without any some use of cover.
Any sugestions would be appreciated - even outside Calderdale.......but not a hotel complex in Fuertaventura (even if they do perch on your lens there, they are a different sub-species).
Monday, August 01, 2011
If anyone has any comments, or prefers it how it was, just make a comment below.
Other sightings include:
- 2 raven right over the pike
- 5 wheatear and 5 mistle thrush on the wall below Lower Rough Head farm
- Nutchatch heard in the valley below that
- whitethroat in scrub on the railway tracks