Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Pepper Hill

 An hour or so on the top above Claremount and Boothtown late morning produced, for me anyway, the first Skylarks of the year. Three of them in the sheltered fields facing east. No song heard here as yet though they do sing early in the year. I got their call several times, it reminds me of.... 'cheerup' .....'cheerup' !!

The Skylarks were with c60 Redwings, 4 Mistle Thrush and a single Song Thrush with 10+ Meadow Pipits in an adjacent field. There could have been more though they were possibly hidden in the longer grass keeping low down in the blustery wind.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Shibden Park

 A Nuthatch was throwing bits of stuff out of a hole in the trunk of a tree, about 4 metres above the ground. I don't think our Nuthatches excavate their nest holes, as a rule. So it's most likely that it was clearing out either remains of a nest from last year or debris that had somehow got into the hole.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Shibden Park

 9 Coots (and 6 Moorhens) here today.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Fly Flats

Poor conditions up there as I met with a hail storm late afternoon and a gusting westerly.
1 Curlew was the best I could do other than 28 Greylag Geese heading >N over the moor.

Withens Head - 10 Fieldfares in the field opposite the wind-farm with c110 Starlings.

A really good find for PD and AT at Ringstone this afternoon with  a drake Gadwall. Such a scarce bird in Calderdale.

Also from late morning - 2 Whooper Swans >W over Ogden towards Cold Edge around 11:30 (NK). 
I thought they might come down at Cold Edge dams given the poor weather conditions but there was no sign of them there, thanks to a check (AR).

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Lee Mount etc........

Last night I heard noisy flock of Whooper Swans heading over - maybe >W. It was 22:40 and no chance of seeing them in the dark. Always great to hear though. Maybe more within the next month or so as they head back to Iceland for their breeding season.

Checked Mixenden Reservoir and Fly Flatts this morning in case they had dropped in overnight but no show. Plenty Black-headed and Common Gulls at Mixenden with 5 Herring Gulls (4 adults) and an adult L B B Gull. Just a Cormorant to add to that, it flew off >S

3 Lapwings at Withens Head, opposite the wind farm, and c50 Starlings braving it out in the cold, wet and blustery south westerly. 

Yesterday we found 5 Goldeneye (3 drakes) at Withens Clough reservoir. 1 adult Herring Gull on the water and c20 Reed Buntings in and around the res'r cottage.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Around and about........

4 skeins of Pink-footed Geese reported heading west today, starting with c170 from (WG) at around 09:00. Then 46 heading towards Scammonden (DR) a few minutes later. Next were 40 over Shibden then over Lee Mount at around 15:05 and (AC, DJS) and finally 45 over Slack Top around 15:35. 

3 Brambling at Roils head shelter belt from NCD this afternoon. Several reports of wader passage through our area with small numbers of  Golden Plover, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe and a Ringed Plover reported in the last few days.

Goldcrests, Siskin, Long-tailed Tits, Treecreeper, Kingfisher and Dipper from Ogden.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022


Kingfisher perched on low branch near the Ogden Clough in flow this afternoon.

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Mistle Thrushes

 2 singing today: 1 in Shibden Park (photo), and 1 on Beacon Hill. Also 2 west over Beacon Hill.

Monday, February 07, 2022

Fly Flatts etc

Fly Flatts. An early returning bird report from BS this morning with an Oystercatcher. I had  a trip up there late morning. It was still there sheltering on the west bank as the weather closed in and the rain came sideways. Not much else there other than 4 Mallard hunkered down and Red Grouse on the moor. An early lamb with the flock didn't look too happy !

On the way back I checked the fields opposite the wind-farm. Around 180 Starlings and 20 Fieldfare.

Cromwell Bottom for an hour or so this afternoon didn't turn up a lot. Usual species including 3 Goldeneye on the ski-lake and 2 skeins of Pink-footed Geese battling against the blustery westerly wind - 134 at 15:00 and 98 at 15:45.

Pink-footed Geese

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Cold Edge

 Barnacle Goose

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Shibden Park

 13 Redwings

 A few images from last week's visits to Cromwell Bottom and Jay House Lane. The ringed Tree Sparrows on Jay House are of particular interest to Steve who is logging their sightings after his ringing.

The Siskin were sometimes in with a large flock of Goldfinch. Redpoll were very few and far between.

The Goldeneye could be very elusive and distant at times. Some days I was unable to locate them. Nice to see the males displaying in courtship.