Another photo of the Wigeon
Friday, December 02, 2022
Thursday, December 01, 2022
A stunning adult male Black Redstart turned up in the clough this morning. Well done JM and thanks for the photo.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
We received some photos yesterday of a bird seen on the River Calder near Hollas Bridge on 16th November. What a find, Dawn. ! Thankfully these photos were passed on to Mick H and identified as a Red-throated Diver. A rare bird for Calderdale though occasionally found on our upland reservoirs. They breed in Scotland and more northern areas including Iceland and northern Europe and winter along the coasts of the UK.
This is the 10th record of this species for Calderdale. The first since the last one at Fly Flatts on 21st March 2015 (HC).
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Wednesday, November 09, 2022
Two drake Goldeneye turned up on the reservoir yesterday - but they wern't there today. They looked really smart in pristine plumage. Another one on Cold Edge dams today - this time a single female. Always a welcome sight at this time of year as they prepare to spend the coming winter in he UK. Also at Cold Edge a Little Grebe on Spring Mill Dam.
Ogden has a decent flock of Chaffinches, though tricky to find at times as they forage on the weedy areas that were left high and dry with this years low water levels. A single Brambling was with them yesterday (BS). There is also a really good flock of tits and finches including Lesser Redpolls, Siskins and Goldfinch with Blue/Great /Coal and Long-tailed Tits and accompanying Goldcrests, Treecreepers and Great-spotted Woodpecker. A Chiffchaff was with them on 7th.
Sunday, November 06, 2022
Sunday, October 30, 2022
After the last few days of easterlies, rain and fog, the switch back to southerlies produced an excellent burst of VizMig. It petered out after just a few hours, but between 07:00 - 09:00 there were quite a few birds moving, especially Woodpigeons.
- In the first hour after sunrise 07:00 - 08:00, 5,069 Woodpigeons went south, all down the Ogden valley or directly over the Hill. There were a few hundred additional birds in the next hour, but the overall reduction in the volume of birds was obviously very noticable. In addition there were 19 Stock Doves that went south, including two separate flocks of seven.
- There was a noticeable increase in Starlings. They started moving later in the morning, with tight compact flocks moving through making it difficult to count them. I suspect the total of 827 that I managed is quite an undercount.
- Still a few finches moving, with 10 Brambling going south, almost certainly an undercount as well. A flock of 11 Lesser Redpoll blogging at the bottom of the North Slope was a nice addition to the day list.
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Had a quick visit this afternoon once the fog and rain finally cleared, and was able to find a few nice bits.
- A very confiding Jack Snipe was the highlight of the walk, relying on its camouflage as they tend to do.
- Three Teal were on the NK Pond
- There was a flock of nine Long-tailed Tits on Ned Hill Track, which is my 101st species for the Hill this year.
Slightly late update from yesterday's excellent morning session up the Hill. I was optimistic that the switch to southwesterly after the easterly arrival would induce some lively VizMig and so it transpired. My watch lasted from 07:30 - 10:30 although movement dropped off significantly after 10:00 with just a few additions afterwards.
- The most abundant species was Fieldfare with 3308 going south during the morning, mostly in large flocks as opposed to a constant stream. The largest flock was in excess of 250 birds. There were also large numbers of Redwing moving with 934 heading south, largely in their own flocks but sometimes also mixed with the Fieldfares.
- A small group of eight Whooper Swans flew southeast high and over to the east as viewed from the Hill, at 08:45.
- There were a few flocks of Woodpigeon that flew south, with 449 going south.
- Although not masses of finches moving, there was a nice variety with 8 Brambling being the highlight. Brambling is the 100th species I have recorded on Soil Hill in 2022.
- A check of the various pool yielded a single Jack Snipe.
- Halfway down the North Slope a Tawny Owl was roosting on one of the fence posts, my second day-roosting individual on the Hill this year.
- There were nine Teal, which is my highest count of the autumn so far. Eight of these were on the NK Pond, with another in the Bottom Ditch.