Friday, September 22, 2017

Stodfold area

Had an hour up there this morning (between Mixenden Reservoir and Ogden) also nice to meet up with NK and have a chat as we walked round.
2 Grey Partridge
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Swallows >NW
30+ Goldfinch
c12 Linnets
2 Sparrowhawks
2 Kestrels
2 Jays
1 Pied Wagtail
+ a few other local species
Still a good show of Red Admirals (15+) up there along with 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Speckled Woods and a single Small Copper

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fly Flats and Withens Head

Had an hour up there late morning but the drizzle was pretty intense so didn't find much at all.
1 Wheatear at Withens Head opposite the former wind farm car park was disturbed by  a Grey Squirrel running the wall tops.
A good number of Meadow Pipits around the fields near the former Withens Pub area.

21st Sept

Last few days, Roils Head had 2 Stonechats and a nice Wheatear, yesterday the Wigeon was still at Ringstone Edge.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pink-footed Geese....

Great sprinting from the Oxenhope (HC) and Queensbury (BS) relay team this morning with a call of 'pinkies'on their way around 08:45 . Looked like Concorde resurrected !!!
I make it 75 from a quick count I just got out in time to hear them right over the house - brill teamwork, thanks.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Jumble Hole

A few bits whilst out in the garden

- 2 buzzards around all day
- 2 chiffchaff in the garden
- green and great spotted woodpecker over
- nuthatch
- herring gull over, calling
- sparrowhawk being mobbed by swallows and house martins

Friday, September 15, 2017

Yesterdays Bairds Sand

DF took these last night but didn't think they were any good ! still there the best Ive seen so on they go.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Baird's Sandpiper re-located

Back up to Whiteholme this PM where DF relocated the Baird's Sand after it had gone missing for 3 hours, sadly most of the twitchers had gone home. The bird showed much better today and was so obviously a Baird's Sand viewed in good light. Managed a few half decent phone scoped shots. DF and AH will have much better ones so come on guys get them posted.

Baird's Sandpiper update.

Arrived at Whiteholme this morning at 7.50 and was surprised to see no cars. The long walk to the reservoir produced 3/4 Wheatear , 30 meadow pipits , 3 Pied Wagtail and a skien of 32 Pink Footed Geese. arriving at the res not a single birder looking. After an hour not a single wader had been  seen , Alan Nuttal turned up and we both gave the area a good scoping , but nothing , we then headed for the old twite feeding station to see if was in that corner....nothing. With now nearly 2 hours looking it was looking like the bird had moved on . Another scope of the mud banks , and in the far northern corner a small dot was picked up, I pointed it out to Alan ,,,he immediatley said we are going to have to walk all the way back round.
  Finally we made it to the back corner and there it was a stunning Baird's Sandpiper in all its glory with brilliant autumn sunshine picking out the birds beautiful plumage. It called twice 'prrrrt ' very similar to Dunlin  ,  white flanks , straight black bill, black legs with a slight greenish tinge in the sunlight, long primary projection , dark rump , scaly above with a slightly buffish   breast and head with the pale indistinct pale area between the eye and bill. Hope everyone gets to see it and well done to NCD and DFranz for there hard work in finding it ...Cheers all..hope there are some good pics from Allan

Baird's Sandpiper ??????

Its well past mid night and Ive had a few too many drinks but is this a Baird's Sandpiper. Me and DF found it at Whiteholme tonight in fading light. Im being very cautious, me and MH had one rejected in 1990 by BBRC. Sorry about poor quality of video shots. The primarie projections look very long a good sign for Bairds and White Rumped, only it didn't have a white rump. If people go tomorrow please don't flush it but try for some photos.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


7 Pintails were a nice find at Ringstone Edge tonight, also drake Wigeon there.

Friday, September 08, 2017


Checked the site again this morning following the heavy overnight downpours. Unusually quiet with just a solitary Goldcrest found and a female Goosander briefly and which soon headed off in the direction of Thornton Moor.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Beware of developments

The Local Development Plan for Calderdale could still have a serious impact on birding sites in our area.
The biggest housing site proposed is on the green fields between Jay House Lane and Wellholme Park, Brighouse (2000 houses).
The Woodhouse area of farmland next to Bradley Woods is also targeted.
As if our farmland and woodland species didn't have a tough enough time already !

Lots of other sites can be found either on the following website - plan   or in the local libraries.
Objections can be made online (after registering) or on proforma sheets in the library.
Some other areas that I spotted include -
Land near Ovenden Wood Road.
Hays Lane Mixenden.
School Lane Bradshaw (a big site).
Near West End Golf Club.
Saddleworth Road Greetland.
Exley Lane Elland.
Freeman's Wood Brighouse.
Shelf - lots of sites.
Westercroft Lane Northowram.
It's quite a tedious job working through the details, and objections have to be in by the end of the month.
Good Luck !

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Stodfold - between Mixenden reservoir and Ogden golf course.

Late morning
Singles of....
Whinchat, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker and Spotted Flycatcher about in that area today.
Plenty Meadow Pipits, Swallows and 30+ House Martins as well as 20+ Pied Wagtails and a single Grey Wagtail.
40+ Linnets with a few Goldfinch
1 Kestrel

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ogden, Mixenden and Fly Flats

Did the rounds in the pouring rain looking for Terns with the possibility of them coming down on local reservoirs in the downpours. Ogden, Mixenden and Fly Flats. Nothing doing, just 5 Goosander on Mixenden.

A good number of BH Gulls at Ogden along with a few Common Gulls and 25+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls but nothing else of note.
Not a sign of any Wheatears at Fly Flats .... hiding away somewhere in the torrential rain !

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Green withens

Spent a couple of hours from dawn

A juv yellow wagtail was my 3rd for the site
2 wheatears on the eastern bank
Reed bunting 1
Wren 2
Kestrel a female hunting
5 red grouse
3 mallards
2 c crows
1 lbb gull flew west
1 snipe in the channel
1 chiffchaff


Masses of House Martins over the woodland above Bowers Mill down Branch Road this afternoon. How hard is it to count frantically feeding House Martins ! Maybe 200+ with very few Swallows in among them. A great spectacle. They seemed quite unperturbed by a passing Common Buzzard.

It also looks like the pond there is being de-silted, maybe flood alleviation measures, which in the long run will surely benefit the pond and wildlife rather than allow the silt to gradually destroy the aquatic life.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Pepper Hill

This morning around the hillside overlooking Claremount on one side and Shibden Valley on the other.
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers >SW
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Wheatears - unusual to see one of them perched on the top of a house roof opposite the ski slope.
Plenty of Swallows about and 30+ House Martins over Shibden Head.
2 Mistle Thrush >SW
2 Sparrowhawk
2 Kestrels
2 Common Buzzards distant

Friday, September 01, 2017

Ripponden to Ringstone

1  Sparrowhawk chasing Blue Tit
8 Willow Warbler
200+ Lapwing
1 Green Woodpecker
20 Goldfinch
21 Starlings
15 Pied Wagtail
4 Cormorant
Plenty of Swallows
Plus a good number of Butterflies - Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper

Ogden -golf course

I managed to find this pair of Redstarts near the lower end of the course this morning. Rather distant shots, they were being so elusive in and out of the hawthorn bushes and not giving chance to get anywhere near them. Female type at the top and the male lower photo.
The first local ones I have seen this year and a really scarce breeding bird for Calderdale nowadays though spring and autumn migrants, like these two, can be found locally as they  journey from and back to Africa for our winter.

Also nearby
1 Willow Warbler
A few Meadow Pipits
62 Canada Geese
c30 Linnets
12+ Goldfinch
30+ Swallows
6 House Martins
2 Mistle Thrush - already eating the rowan berries
1 Kestrel
1 Green Woodpecker on Hunter Hill

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Todays news

In brief
2 Redstarts, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers at Roils Head (NCD)

Sparrowhawk took a Collared Dove at a Claremount garden this afternoon (Dave B)

Ringstone shoreline looking promising for waders - lets hope it stays down to attract some waders in. A few Lapwing and B H Gulls this afternoon  and a G C Grebe, Tufted Duck and Moorhens (AT DJS)

Several Whinchats and Stonechats appearing from Cragg Vale, Cold Edge and Fly Flats in the last few days.

Probable Curlew Sandpiper at Whiteholme Reservoir late afternoon (message from AN via AH)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Green withens

Nice to be back on the old patch

Merlin 1
goldfinch 2
Mallard 2
Meadow pipit 6
Buzzard 2


1 wheatear
1 kestrel

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ogden Garden

Spotted flycatcher in the garden this morning and six red admiral butterflies on the buddleia yesterday.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Roils Head

2 new Redstarts in at Roils Head today, also Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and a Sparrowhawk over Tower Hill.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Single Parakeet turned up at the cricket today
A few Swallows still at Great Edge/Winterburn Lane

Cold Edge and Withens Head

This morning trying to catch up the butterfly survey, just can't seem to pick the right day for them.... too wet, come cloudy, too windy, too cool. Guess that's the order of this summer !
A good show of Stonechats with 1 male near the top dam with at least 2 juveniles then a pair at 'The Withins' with 3 juveniles.
The best bird though was a Yellow Wagtail that flew right over me to land in a wet field with horses. Just at the side of the Calderdale Way footpath. A really smart looking adult but just too far away for the bridge camera. I checked the same field again 2 hrs later but think it must have moved on. We don't get many Y wags in Calderdale nowadays, unfortunately.
1 Kestrel
1 Willow Warbler
Lots of Swallows and Meadow Pipits along with a few Linnets and Goldfinch.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Last few days

Last few days. Redstart still at Roils Head on Tuesday, had a juvenile Marsh Harrier at Ringstone on Wednesday, nearby a Kestrel with jesses on near Clock Face Quarry and a Ringed Plover at Whiteholme. 2 Chiffchaffs at Roils Head, 40 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Curlews at Howarth Old Road, Peregine over Cock Hill and 2 Barn Owls at an undisclosed site on Thursday.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Roils Head Redstart

First Redstart of the autumn found today at Roils Head, looks like a newly fledged juvenile, as usual in the northern shelter belt.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fly Flats and Withens Head

Tricky scanning conditions this afternoon in the strong westerly
Nothing on the water, other than wind-surfers. I did manage to find at least 9 Wheatears on the walls alongside the top road and 3+ Kestrels about.

Withens Head. More Wheatears, with at least 6 on the walls opposite the wind farm site.
2 juvenile Curlew still in the fields
c40 juvenile Starlings as well as a Kestrel.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Roils Head Shortie

Got a surprise today when I flushed a Short-eared Owl from the heather at Roils Head, not much else doing just 3 Willow Warblers. 5 Ringed Plovers and a Redshank at Whiteholme last night.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


1m Kestrel
1f Kestrel
20 Swallows
9 Goldfinch
C50 Jackdaw

Swales Moor - Ringby Lane

It was good to meet up with JL doing the rounds late morning checking the 'wagtail' field. Quite a few Pied Wagtails including several juveniles but nothing out of the ordinary in among them.
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk being given a hard time by the corvids
1 Herring Gull >W
20+ L B B Gulls loafing around the summit.
A few Linnets and Goldfinch
1 Swift >W
30 + Swallows feeding high
1 Small Copper butterfly and 2 Small Tortoiseshells along Ringby Lane.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quail 29th July Howarth Old Road

How about this for a record, Quail photographed on Howarth Old Road, Crimsworth Dean on 29th July by Nick Tonge. The bird flew in front of him before taking cover in the grass verge where he managed these pictures. Ive never seen one only heard a bird at Flamborough many years ago.

Cold Edge area

We intended doing a butterfly survey this afternoon but despite the lovely sunshine the wind curtailed butterfly activity. We only managed 3 Green-veined Whites and a Small Tortoiseshell.
1 male Stonechat
2 juvenile Curlew
1 juvenile Peregrine had a go at a Pipit - but missed it !
5 Wheatears at Withens Head
Moorhen with 5 juveniles well grown but still seeking food from the parent near the lower end of Cold Edge.
1 adult Common Gull and a few B H Gulls
Plenty of Swallows , Linnets and Goldfinches around with juveniles.
A great afternoon to be out for a walk - the extensive views from up there on Cold Edge Road/Withens Road are fantastic.

Update - via BS from HC -  2 Whinchats around the conifers near Cold Edge dams this evening.

Roils Head

Tree Pipit and 20+ Willow Warblers at Roils Head today, Red-legged Partridge close by at Highroad Well Moor.

Roils Head

Whinchat at Roils Head yesterday. I have been told that this site which was under treat from developers has now been saved, which is great news.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Recent news - (and a few thoughts) !

Have checked Swales Moor - Ringby Lane a few times recently without a lot of success though yesterday afternoon was a little better with a Kestrel, Up to 3 Sparrowhawks and 2 Buzzard fly - through >S. Linnets and Goldfinch's all have  juveniles with them up there so it looks as if these 2 species have fared better than some of our summer migrants.
Wheatears appearing now in plenty around the upland reservoirs.
A Whinchat reported today from Roils Head (NCD) and Willow Warblers are also appearing.
A few Spotted Flycatchers are returning but little sign of Redstarts yet though some can be expected in the next few weeks.

It's a good time to check the garden shrubberies. Watch out for the small birds flitting about as these groups could include Willow Warblers as well as Whitethroats and Blackcaps etc - especially first thing in a morning or after overnight rain or mid-day downpours !

Adult Cuckoo's are mostly well on their way back to Africa now - some are even in the process of crossing the Sahara (per BTO and RSPB information on satellite tracked birds). It is time to look out for juvenile Cuckoos on moorland or in moorland cloughs.

An Osprey was seen yesterday near to Oxenhope - ( see BS's West Yorkshire Birding blog -for  an interesting and comprehensive report.)

There are till quite a few Swifts about (over Lee Mount at least) but they won't be around for long now - signs of autumn....... It's still a good time for Swallows and House Martins in the next six weeks or so as they gather to feed in suitable locations and as many pairs continue the breeding process.

A few Common Gulls are also appearing from their breeding grounds along with Black-headed Gulls.
It's a great time of year to expect the unexpected  !

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sunny Vale

The pair of Little Grebes are now feeding four young out on the lake.
An adult Kingfisher was with another bird which was finding it hard to perch, and dive - probably a juv
trying to adjust to it's new surroundings.
Two juv Herons flying around the lake; an earlier brood of Mallard ducklings were recently polished off by an adult Heron. They make such easy targets unfortunately !

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Swales Moor and Fly Flats

Checked the wagtail field this morning hoping for new arrivals after the overnight rain. Nothing new in other than a pair of Reed Buntings and a few more Meadow Pipits.
Biggest surprise was a male House Sparrow with the wagtails !

Headed off to Fly Flats and it was good to meet up with HC and chat for a while as we scanned the extensive landscape.
Quite a few Wheatears on the stone walls along with a few Meadow Pipits. Plenty of Swallows feeding low over the eastern side of the Reservoir.
No Swifts while I was there.
A female/juvenile Merlin went low across the water and down towards the dean.
2 Barnacle Geese still there.
1 male Reed Bunting at Withens Head was unexpected.


My daughter in law saw 3 Kingfishers from her window overlooking the river at Hollas Bridge yesterday evening.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Crested Tit reported in a brighouse garden

This is going around social media at the moment..herd singing in a garden at Rastrick....

Swales Moor

Checked the 'cow field' along Ringby Lane again this morning. There were definitely more Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits than yesterday so hope to keep a check just in case any Yellow Wagtails are tempted in !
I see from the BTO Bird Track site that the end of August/start of September is the peak time of the whole year for Y wag reporting, so plenty of time yet.

Not a lot else up there today other than a few Linnets and Goldfinches.

Twite recovery project

RSPB/Hudds birders are requesting some labour.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Swales Moor

Swales Moor Road and Ringby Lane this morning. This followed a tip-off from BS's contacts of what looks like the start of a build up of Wagtails in the cow fields where the Yellow Wagtails turned up last year.
There were around 15+ Pied Wag's there this morning. More 'munching' from the cows should help viewing once the vegetation gets cropped much closer.
2 Kestrels
c40 L B B Gulls in the cow field along with the usual corvids.
1 Skylark
10+ Meadow Pipits
Lots of Swallows over the field and a dribble of Swifts >SW
Green Woodpecker flyover >N
1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders at the bottom of Ringby Lane opposite the ski-slope.
A young Fox came to say hello !

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Castle Carr Road, Wainstalls

This afternoon before the rain came in, though it could be seen approaching from over the hills to the west.

14 Mistle Thrush together in one field - I don't think there are as many breeding birds about as in  previous years though late summer is a good time to see small groups foraging in the upland pastures.

2 Kestrels - these have been scarce or even absent this summer from several upland areas of north Halifax so it was good to see some returning birds. Perhaps the vole population is recovering (?)
2 Little Owls
8 Meadow Pipits
A few Goldfinch feeding on the numerous thistle heads and a few Swallows and Swifts moving >SW

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Swalesmoor etc

Had a walk up Ringby Lane late morning
1 Kestrel
1 Little Owl
40+ Linnets including lots of juveniles just out of the nest and the same number of Goldfinches now feeding on thistle heads
Meadow Pipit still feeding young
20+ Swifts moving through
c10 Swallows
2 House Martins
2 Stock Dove
c60 Carrion  Crows and 20+ L B B Gulls loafing  around on the ridge

A call from PG confirmed Allan N (Lanc's birder) had 5 Arctic Terns at Whiteholme Reservoir yesterday - staying on the small peat island for  a while till the weather eased before they moved off >W.
Also today - 2 Ringed Plover there (PG)

Friday, August 04, 2017

Fly Flatts (yesterday) and Stodfold area today

Fly Flats  yesterday drew a blank mainly - as did AT ! Really bad weather up there and we couldn't find anything !

Stodfold area this afternoon (between Mixenden and Ogden) - a decent afternoon for butterfly's but not many birds about other than a good show of House Martins and Swallows feeding in the shelter of Hunter Hill with at least 50 of each species.
1 Linnet
A few Goldfinch
1 Green Woodpecker heard
2 juvenile Stonechats at the lower end of Ogden golf course
1 Kestrel

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Other news this week..

From BS - at Fly Flatts on 1st August
6 Curlew, 4 Dunlin and 9 Herring Gulls >SW

Also from Brian on 1st August, a very good record from Ogden - Little Egret left >E soon after he arrived - good timing ! See West Yorkshire Birding blog for photo's and report.

From Monday 31st July another very good record, from JB - a Sanderling at Ringstone Reservoir found across lunchtime.

Fly Flats and Withens Head

I couldn't find much at Fly other than 60+ Canadas and, still there, the pair of Barnacle Geese.
1 Lesser Black- backed Gull flythrough >N
1 Kestrel

Withens Head
3 Wheatear on the stone walls near the farm buildings. Also one Pied Wagtail and 3 Swallows.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Peregrine Attack

     Peregrine Falcon  flew above the garden yesterday catching
     a Starling that was flying away from my feeders, wow fast or
     what? then flew off towards Claremount Church it was great
     to witness as is the Sparrowhawk that flies through daily.
     A Tawny Owl as also been active around my garden and back
     fields with plenty of screeching, it just missed my head one night,
     that'll teach me to stop making Owl calls it was beautiful to see
     in flight though. The feeders have had Bullfinch, Greenfinch,
     Goldfinch and Chaffinch turning up regular along with a couple
     Linnet which I find quite unusual to have them on my feeders.


Sunday, July 30, 2017


Boothwood this morning.

Five Drake Common Scoter
One adult and two juvenile Little Owls

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sunny Vale & Red Beck Valley

A Tawny Owl calling near the lake mid-afternoon was a surprise, but one was heard here a few months ago, at the same time of day.
Little Grebes are nesting in the middle of the lake - no sign of young yet.
An adult and a juv Heron were about.
Kingfisher - as usual.
Juv Coots & Moorhens on the lake.
A small bat was flying through the trees too, possibly a Pipistrelle.

Cold Edge and Ovenden Moor

We did the rounds on the WCBS - Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey this afternoon - definitely a Ringlet afternoon.
Little Grebe on the lower pond
1 Stonechat near the top pond
Lots of Linnets and Goldfinches in the thistle areas and plenty Meadow Pipits and Swallows about including juveniles.
2 Kestrels over Ovenden Moor and the odd Curlew still.
8 Greylag Geese with c70 Canada's in the fields near the dams.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fly Flats etc

I spent a good half-hour or more with Gordon D up there this morning. Good to catch up a bit !
Not a lot doing from our viewpoint
1 Black-headed Gull
2 L B B Gulls
Swallows feeding low over the fields and  a smattering of Swifts
2 juvenile Grey Partridge were nice to see feeding on seed heads in the rough grass
Plenty of Meadow Pipits about

Elsewhere a Black Redstart was at Lower Gorple today just below the reservoir embankment. A very nice find for Pete G.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Swales Moor etc.

Spent an hour or more up there this afternoon hard to find anything out of the ordinary ( Carrion Crows and L B B Gulls )
Possible Yellow Legged Gull adult flew >W on its own. Everything looked right on the plumage but just unable to clinch it with leg colour looking into the light.
A few Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Swallows, House Martins and Swifts >W.

I had a call from Steve C in lower Ovenden while I was up there, following a Ring-necked Parakeet flyover. Probably heading >NW towards Mixenden (?)

Earlier today from DF with a juvenile Redstart at Willow Valley golf course Clifton this a.m.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last Seabird Summer ?

A really interesting and informative TV programme on BBC4 tonight at 8pm as per the heading above. If anyone gets chance to watch it on 'catch up' or a repeat then do so as it highlighted comparisons, past and present, between some of our British seabird colonies and Icelandic ones. Well worth a watch !

Hartshead circular

Good to see 14/15 Tree Sparrows at the same spot as last year, near the church. And just about a mile from the Jay House Lane site.
Also 2 calling Yellowhammers, 4 Mistle Thrushes, juv Pied Wagtail, a Pheasant, 30+ Swallows and 100+ Woodpigeons.
A couple of Buzzards not too far away as well.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fly Flats

A late morning check produced a good number of Wheatears on the walls and fences from along the top road (around 15 +) but no Stonechats or Whinchats.
2 Barnacle Geese were on the water with the Canada flock but not a lot else in the drizzly and windy conditions other than a solitary Red-legged Partridge and a few Swifts and Swallows >SW

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Brambling in July in Hebden Bridge

I've posted a photo sent to me on Calderdale-wildlife.blogspot

Return to Crow Hill and Flints

Had a walk up there yesterday after a two month break.
Apart from Mipits & Corvids the sum of birds was 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Curlew & c30 Swallows.
Lots of Ringlet butterflies as well as Meadow Browns & Whites.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Soil Hill

Had a scout around 'The Hill' at dusk on a really nice and settled evening.
Enjoyed the peace up there compared with the usual gusting windchill !
200+ Swallows feeding on the north slope were really good to watch, sometimes feeding low down over the vegetation then all heading high as they obviously spotted clouds of insects.
Grey Partridge heard calling as well as an Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew flyovers.
A few Meadow Pipits
40+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls >N
1 Kestrel
 Curlew -
by the short length of the bill they look like 2 juveniles heading over 
Pen-y ghent

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cromwell Bottom

I did manage eventually late afternoon to catch up with the Little Egret. It came into the lagoon briefly but it didn't stay long and headed off towards Brighouse. On my leaving it was flying fairly high over the pylons >W heading up river.
Not much else other than 2 Moorhen, a Grey Heron, 3 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff still singing as well as a few House Martins and Swifts >W.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ogden and Mixenden area

Between Mixenden and Ogden reservoirs late morning.
Lots of House Martins and Swallows about in that area but unfortunately this young Swallow, recently out of the nest, looked like a roadside casualty outside Mount Zion chapel. It's a  tough life for all our birds but especially hazardous for young ones !

1 juvenile Green Woodpecker
1 Little Owl
A few Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails, Linnets and Goldfinch's about.
We ended up collecting a few bilberries - but don't tell BS. He's been waiting around 5 years for a pie we promised him !

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Crimsworth Dean

We had a go at the upper reaches of the valley today, always on the look out for the possibility of the recent Red- footed Falcon seen nearby at Walshaw Dean over last weekend. No sign of it but a few Kestrels about is encouraging after a poor year for them so far.
Distant Common Buzzard
1 juvenile Wheatear was a nice surprise - probably a bird on the return from a more northern area.
Still a few Curlew about and a nice flock of around 120 Lapwings
A few Swallows, Goldfinch, Linnet and Blackbirds about as well as a single Mistle Thrush but not a lot else.
A nice show of Butterfly's including plenty Ringlets and Meadow Browns as well as 3 Red Admirals.

Cromwell Bottom

                 Little Egret on the reedbed lagoon this afternoon.