Monday, April 30, 2012
In the mist this morning:
Buzzard through a gap in the mist and then back in.
1 Peregrine shot through at close range - too quick for a shot.
At least 6 Sky lark
2 female Wheatear
The sun came out and there was the gang of 4
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I was hoping for tree pipit and maybe a cuckoo, but all in all it was very disappointing in a cold wind and squally showers. All I could muster were a pair of stonechats, several willow warblers at various locations and a dipper on the brook.
My circular route was almost thwarted when I discovered the concessionary path across the dam was shut. I was forced to take a more direct route.
Elsewhere a flighty wheatear, a dozen mipit and 4 common sandpiper were at Warley Reservoir, can't see much chance of a wader fest this spring as every reservoir I've seen was overflowing.
Ski lake at Elland still covered in swallows. Had a look up Luddenden Dean but couldn't see/hear anything out of the ordinary, need to go for a dawn visit really. Called in at Jay House Lane on the way back, only found 4 tree sparrows, suppose hens may be brooding but I had expected a few more. Some of the hedges have been cut back exposing a few boxes, anyone know how many there are up there now?
The bird is ringed with a metal ring just above its left foot and is probably from Harewood.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Male twite singing from the wire near the entrance tonight at 6pm. Any other twite sightings in the area?
(Marshalls have asked me to look out for them on their land and maybe start a feeding station - no general access as yet, but I'll try and get it for the bird and wildlife groups.)
The fields opposite look good for twite, with dandelion and sorrel mixed in.
Linnets are feeding there already, in fact there were 30- 40 either linnets or twite over the other side yesterday when it was raining.
Other birds: Willow Warbler, Swallow, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Oystercatcher, Mallard, plus the usual corvids, Pheasant.
22/4 10:48 to 12:34
3 Blackcap (all males)
1 Willow warbler
1 pair Teal
4 Coot split over 2 nests
3 Canada Geese 1 nesting
22/4 18.47 to 20.45
1 Willow warbler
2 House Martin
1 Sparrowhawk (raptors of any type are scarce at the site).
23/4 06:50 to 08:10
2 Willow warbler
3 Mistle thrush
1 Song thrush
3 Nuthatch (1 nest site has been found)
1 Reed Bunting - male
23/4 17:27 to 18:30
2 Mistle thrush
2 Grey wagtail
1 Willow warbler
1 House martin
24/4 07:20 to 08:50
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
5 LTT (2 pair)
4 Teal (2 pair)
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.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
1 female Goldeneye still there this morning
1 Sand Martin
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Little Grebe
5 Reed Buntings
Loads of mipits
1 Common Sandpiper
pair of Goosander
1 Raven over high >N
2 Willow Warbler
c20 Linnet mainly feeding on Dandelions
2 Little Owls
2006 - 5th May
2007 - 28th April
2008 - 5th May
2009 - 11th Apl
2010 - 24th Apl
2011 - 9th May
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Oystercatcher - 3 (2 on the southern shore and 1 overhead as I walked up to the res)
Curlew - 2 over the moor on the south side and a few in the fields above the car park
Lapwing - 1 overhead as I approached the dam wall and 2 in the fields above the car park
Common Sandpiper - 1 feeding along the waterline on the dam wall
Skylark - 1
Mipit - 3
Mistle Thrush - 2 by the car park
Pied Wagtail - 1
Usual Canada Goose and Mallard
Also there was a Coot at Longfield Dam as I went past later.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
1 Common Sandpiper
1 Common Gull and 1 L B B Gull briefly
A few Linnets about
Golden Plover flock still around - including a good number of northern forms
2 male Ring Ouzels - probably migrants along with 8 Wheatears and 2 Stonechat
1 G C Grebe
2 Mute Swans
Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiff-chaffs singing.
A few Black-headed Gulls this morning but non later
1 L B B Gull >W
Steve L and djs
Also checked the river to see if Andy's Mute Swan was still there but it had gone. Having spoken to Andy he said the RSPCA may have picked it up this morning so will await confirmation from him.
At High Royd:
Teal - 3
Moorhen - 2
Coot - 3
Canada Goose - 5
Mallard - 6
Grey Wagtail - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming
Chiffchaff - 2 around High Royd and 1 back towards Sowerby
Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tits
Further on the canal there were 9 early Mallard ducklings, and while walking past Moderna in Mytholmroyd an Oystercatcher flew over calling and heading towards Midgley.
Monday, April 16, 2012
3 Sparrowhawks together soaring really high with some interaction all headed off >E
1 Swallow >SE
1 adult Peregrine >SW towards Pellon - again really high and I was glad the bins were to hand - usually the other way round!
1 Blackcap singing in the back garden
After that nothing much doing as the cloud increased and the wind settled
Lesser Pecker,a, male, drumming; male Blackcap; Nuthatch calling loudly.
Priestley Green - 2 Linnets
Kirklees Hall area p.m.:
Little Owl,Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 7 Yellowhammers, 15 Redpolls, 2 Tree Pipits together.
3 Skylarks, 3 Tree Sparrows in hedgerow.
Church Farm area:
2 Yellowhammers, 4 Linnets, 9/10 Greenfinches,Skylark, and 2 more Tree Sparrows !
Sunday, April 15, 2012
After checking on the swan continued onto High Royd, no change from earlier really apart from more Swallows feeding over the main pool, the pair of Shoveler were showing briefly and there was a Grey Heron flew over.
2 Roe deer were also present, doe and a buck.
A brown cocker spaniel has also been reported lost in the area, if anyone sees it if they let me know I have the owners telephone number, the dog has no collar on.
Directions on West Yorkshire Birding.
Pair of Shoveler still on main pool but elusive spending a lot of time behind the willows.
1 Little Grebe (thanks to Gordon D, for pointing it out - good to see you again and adding another new species to my High Royd list). Has anyone seen this species here before??4 Swallows over the new sewage beds.
1 male Reed Bunting
3 Singing Blackcaps
Pair of Nuthatch nest building
Pair of Stock Dove (the other day was also a new species at the site for me)
Also usual Chiffchaffs, Moorhen, Coot, Teal (whose numbers appear to have increased over last couple of days), Blue tit, Great tit, LTT (3 pair), Mallard, Canada Goose, Jay, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Rook.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Part of the Golden Plover flock at Ringstone this evening
After a 'guestimate' at 380 Golden Plover (I always over estimate!!)a recount from various digi' photo's revealed c340. They were in the fields opposite the farm by the main road and looked fantastic in the evening sunshine. Quite a number of the males are almost in full summer plumage indicating 'Northern' forms.
Earlier today I managed to get up to Ringstone to see the 1st summer male Red-breasted Merganser. Steve later confirmed that it left the site >W at 9.30. A great find yesterday by Geoff and some fantastic photo's below from Dave F and Nick.
This site does turn up some good birds and there are rewards for regular watching.
Friday, April 13, 2012
2 Shelduck there as well
Cormorant also there but the Whoopers have gone.
Merg and Shelduck still there at 18.15 (SC NCD)
2 pairs Teal
1 Canada Goose
4+ Coot and similar number of Moorhens
Lots of Chiff's and Nuthatches singing plus 2 Willow Warblers
1 Great spotted Woodpecker
c50 Carrion Crows on the filter beds
The bonus for me was a new colony of Rooks and 9 occupied nests
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Nuthatch - 3 singing, 2 in Lumbutts Cl and 1 in Shaw Wood
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at the bottom of Lumbutts Cl
Dipper - 2 in Lumbutts Cl
Chiffchaff - 4, 2 Lumbutts Cl, 1 Rochdale canal and 1 Shaw Wood (there are Chiffchaff all over this year, heard another one at Callis Bridge in the afternoon)
Several Blue Tits carrying nesting material, 2 pairs of Long Tailed Tits in Shaw Wood
Grey Wagtail - 1 at Shaw Bridge
Plenty of Curlew around Baitings
There is a lack of Lapwing above Flints so far this year, Golden Plover are around though.
Nothing else really of note
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
12 Whooper Swans still present (SL TM) - they must like it up there as they have been there since 5th April
Elland G P
5 Buzzards over at about 11.30(PJWS)
1 Common Buzzard over around 12.30 (MH)
And from GS
1 Whitethroat singing along the canal
3 House Martins present and a number of Swallows
Also from Geoff, a large unidentified long-winged raptor larger than a Common Buzzard around 12.50. A large raptor with long wings was also seen at a distance from Ringstone (TM and SL)a few minutes later. Steve and Tony saw the raptor mobbed by several corvids and it dropped lower and was lost from site and was unable to get the scope on it. It will have to go down as a mystery raptor, unfortunately!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12 Whooper Swans still there in the field down the slope behind the hide at 10 am
163 Golden Plover along with a few Snipe in the big field
50+ Fieldfare lower down in the fields towards Barkisland near Rishworth Road
Also from Elland GP/Cromwell Bottom
12+ Swallows over the ski-lake late morning
Nothing on Mixenden but a pair of Stonechats at Lower Brockholes at lower end of Ogden golf course
1 Grey Heron over >w
c 40 Meadow Pipits blogging
1 Pied Wagtail
3 L B B Gulls over >NW
The white Carrion Crow still at Upper Brockholes
Monday, April 09, 2012
Only a few minutes earlier 11 Lesser-black backed Gulls also took the same flight path up the valley.
Little Grebe - 2
Mallard - 4
Goldeneye - 5, 4 females and a lone male displaying
Skylark - 8
Mipit - 13
Reed Bunting - 1 on the way back down
no waders about and no Wheatear either
Redshank - 2
Teal - 1 male (never seen Teal here before)
Tufted Duck - 2, 1 male and 1 female
Pied Wagtail - 2
Canada Goose - 4
several Mipits along the road walls
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Wed 4 April - Lee Dam, Lumbutts Clough, Rochdale Canal
Little Owl - 1 at Mankinholes
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1 at Mankinholes
Little Grebe - 2 at Lee Dam
Grey Heron - 1 at Lee Dam and 1 at Lumbutts Clough, but could be same bird
Moorhen - 1 at Lee Dam
Pied Wagtail - 1 at lee Dam
Nuthatch - 1 at Lumbutts Clough
Dipper - 1 at Lumbutts Clough
Jackdaw - 178 over Rochdale Canal at Lobb, probably more but that's how many were in the photo
Thu 5 April - Hardcastle Crags
Walked in from Hebden along the river hoping to see Dipper and Grey Wag but none showed up. Same story with the Lesser 'peckers too.
Green Woodpecker (heard)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Jay - 1 at Hebden Hey
Nuthatch - 6 very vocal
Fri 6 April - Strait Hey
Curlew - 3 on Erringden Moor
Skylark - 2
Mipit - 8 along the route but then as I walked down the track from the Pennine Bridleway about 20 flew across, some landed on the walls for a short while then flew off again so it looks like we've had an influx.
Linnet - 2
Still no Wheatear.
A few Curlew and Golden Plover as well as 2 Oystercatchers but no sign of Redshanks.
4 Twite at the feeding station including one of the usual colour ringed birds
1 Reed Bunting
1 Little Grebe at Cold Edge
Thursday, April 05, 2012
> My wife and I spent a few days at Hebden Bridge recently, and on Monday
> Apr 2nd we walked up to Stoodley Pike in the morning. As we approached
> the monument on the section of the Pennine Way, after it had crossed the
> Pennine Bridleway, we saw a pair of Linnet-sized birds at a range of 25
> - 30 feet. One was a drab greyish brown but the other had a striking
> plumage, notably a very red head, throat and upper breast and a
> similarly red rump. Unfortunately I did not have my binoculars with me
> and was unable to get any more detail. It was a species unknown to me
> and on checking with "Collins Bird Guide" the species that had all the
> features that we saw is Common Rosefinch. The two birds seemed to be
> together so we considered they were a "pair". I would be interested to
> know if there have been any other reports of this or other unusual
> species in the area. I am a reasonably competent birder and know this
> was something out of the ordinary.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
30 to 40 mix of Swallows and Sand Martins over the ski lake still this afternoon along with at least 1 House Martin. As Steve said they were feeding low over the lake then heading up to feed high overhead - they must have been following insects. It obviously begs the question - what are insects doing out in this weather, never mind the hirundines !!!!!!!!!! Amazing that the birds are here, struggling in the conditions with strong winds and drifting snow overnight and all morning.
Also c40 B H Gulls and 1 Common Gull on the lake with conditions loooking good for an od gull passing through.
Pair of Goldeneye still present
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I've been invited to go in to the quarry surroundings by Marshalls.
They've been alerted to the possibility of Twite and are willing to start a feeding station, which I'm willing to run (on a voluntary basis.) No public access, unfortunately, but I could ask for it if it works out. I would try and make any feeding station visible from the road.
First visit yesterday, 2nd April, produced above species, among others, and a Brown Hare.
Is it worth putting down nyjer seed in the chance of bringing in twite? The closest I've seen any is at Buckstones, about a mile away. There are a few pools which didn't dry up in the hot March we just had.
There aren't a lot of weeds producing early seed, like dandelion, and annual meadow-grass, but these are just beginning to colonise. There's lots of sorrel for later seed - said to be a major food, though I've never seen any feeding on it.
Suggestions re twite feeding welcome, as are any current sightings in the area.
1 Ring Ouzel male in the upper dean was a nice surprise. Now quite a rarity in our area and in national decline.
c30 Meadow Pipits grounded and feeding in a field
Several Lapwing and Curlew and a single Golden Plover on the moor
Pair each of Grey Wagtails and Dippers
Several Nuthatch calling and singing around the car park
2 Green Woodpeckers
1 Great-spotted Woodpecker
1 f Sparrowhawk
A number of Coal Tits singing and 1 Chiff-chaff
Nothing at Mixenden other than a pair of Grey Wagtails
No Great-crested Grebes after a pair were displaying there yesterday!
Pair of Goldeneye still present
2 Grey Heron
A few mipits and alba wagtails heading >NW
Monday, April 02, 2012
Several other birds moving included
c 60 Meadow Pipits >N
8 L B B Gulls >N
1 Gt B B Gull >NW
1 male Wheatear on the walls near the quarry
3 Cormorants >NW over Lee Mount at 10.45