Saturday, April 28, 2018


Tried again in the woodland areas this morning. Dry weather this time but still a pretty cool >NE wind.

I was trying for Tree Pipit, a really scarce bird in Calderdale in recent years though there are a couple of traditional sights unfortunately now deserted. A shame to miss out on this summer visitors lovely song. Nothing doing !
A good show of Willow Warblers with 10+ singing along with a single Chiffchaff and a Blackcap.
Distant Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Buzzard and 4 Curlew over >N
16 Golden Plover, but distant over towards The Withens
5 Wheatears, 1 Linnet, 2 Swallows and 2 House Martins over the lower end of the golf course.


Brian Sumner . said...

6 years since Tree Pipit bred at the traditional west bank side of Ogden going by my records Dave.

David Sutcliffe said...

Just about all the traditional sites drew a blank last 2/3 years as far as I know. What a shame to be missing out on this species.

Brian Sumner . said...

Only Tree Pipits I get now seem to be autumn vis mig fly overs.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Hi Dave,
Tried for Tree Pipit myself at Ogden this aft - up the track towards Withens.
Very quiet indeed, up there.
Just 2 distant large Gulls!!