Friday, August 03, 2018

Recent news !

A few birds of interest this week including some wader species that we have expected with the shoreline of several of our local reservoirs. Still plenty time for some more !

Juvenile Greenshank at Fly Flatts today along with a Common Sandpiper and 2 Barnacle Geese still there. (DJS BS)

Blackstone Edge and Whiteholme reservoirs area has seen several Dunlin, up to 4 Ringed Plover, some Curlew and Oystercatchers this week with c25 of the latter still in the Gorple/Walshaw area earlier in the week. (PG NCD DF DW et al)

Little Egret briefly at Green Withens on Tuesday flew off >NW. (PD)

280 or so House Martins at Eastwood sewage treatment works. (MB)

2 Crossbills at Sunderland Pasture plantation (PG) and another at Walshaw plantation (NCD DF)

Lots of Kestrels about at a number of locations after what looks like a really good breeding season. Several reports of Buzzards, Short-eared Owls and Little Owls, and Raven etc along with  a Merlin near Widdop (PB) - plenty of voles for the raptors and owls this summer which is good news. Several reports of Buzzard juveniles fledged now as well.

Swifts now well on the move out of our area but some moving flocks around early morning and  early/late evening with 30+ this morning over Lee Mount and 40+ over Northowram on Wednesday (DJS AC)

Yellow Wagtail seen again at Ringstone this week (GS)
Yellow-hammer at Claremount last Sunday (DB)

Probably a few more 'bits' I've missed out as well, with apologies. !!
It's been good to get a few more 'birders' doing the rounds recently. Good work everyone.
Just need a few more to blog.


Brian Sumner . said...

Its all happening now. Next 3 months are the best of the year, all hands on deck.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

A geat round-up blog Dave.
(And a great find today).
I always look forward to reading the Calderdale birding blog.
Thanks for taking the time to post the news.

Dave Franz said...

Well done with the Greenshank Dave.