Tuesday, April 24, 2012

High Royd Catch Up


Been without internet access so please bare with me on this post, I'm trying to visit every week day at least once but when possible twice. One of the joys of working a patch is the excitement more common birds can bring, for example my first House Martin of the year was made extra special by it also being my first at High Royd.

22/4 10:48 to 12:34

3 Blackcap (all males)
1 Willow warbler
1 pair Teal
3 Chiffchaff
4 Coot split over 2 nests
3 Canada Geese 1 nesting
1 Jay

22/4 18.47 to 20.45

1 Willow warbler
2 Chiffchaff
2 House Martin
10 Swallow
1 Sparrowhawk (raptors of any type are scarce at the site).

23/4 06:50 to 08:10

3 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff
2 Willow warbler
3 Mistle thrush
1 Song thrush
3 Nuthatch (1 nest site has been found)
2 Swallow
6 Moorhen
1 Reed Bunting - male
1 Sparrowhawk
1 GSW
2 Jay

23/4 17:27 to 18:30

3 Chiffchaff
2 Mistle thrush
2 Grey wagtail
1 Blackcap
6 Swallow
1 Treecreeper
1 Willow warbler
1 House martin

24/4 07:20 to 08:50

4 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff
1 Willow warbler - all reported ww are deep onto the site and as a result are recorded only on call.
1 Mistle thrush
1 Song thrush
2 Bullfinch - both males and surprisingly together
1 Grey heron
1 Alba wagtail
2 House martin
1 GSW
5 LTT (2 pair)
7 Moorhen
4 Teal (2 pair)
5 Swallow
1 Little Grebe (good to see this again after going missing - could the shoveler still be around??)
1 Jay - incredible vocalisation by this species of late, often quite subtle.
2 Collard dove

Right I'm off to see what another hour up there will bring.

2 comments:

DJSutcliffe said...

A nice mix of stuff there Andy. Wonder if the Shoveler are hiding away or maybe moved on now?

Matt Bell said...

Sedge warbler should be there by the end of April. Keep your ears open, as they tend to sing at the back of the pools.