Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Little Ringed Plover

Teal. I think that the orange at the bill base makes this a female, rather than an eclipse male?

33 Swifts SW


Blackstone Edge

1 of 2 juvenile Wheatears


Has anyone any thoughts about this, (apart from "useless photo!"). ?? juvenile Kittiwake

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Ringby Lane and Castle Carr Road

 Ringby Lane this morning.
70+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, mostly adults, around the processing plant along with one adult Herring Gull (suspected Y L Gull but unable to get a decent view of it). 70+ Carrion Crows.
Whitethroat, along with 4 Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Goldfinch, 3 Stock Doves, 2 Swallows and a Kestrel with a few Swifts >W. 

Castle Carr Road this afternoon.
Adult male Stonechat with at least two juveniles.
Juvenile Wheatear working the stone walls
Family group of Linnets
6 Lapwing included 3 fledged juveniles

Shibden Park

2 of 3 newly hatched Coots (second brood)

Monday, June 27, 2022


Common Sandpiper: 3 adults, with one (photographed) performing distraction display.

AND: 423 Swifts flying SW

BLACKSTONE EDGE:  Wheatear 3;  Grey Heron 1 flying NE across the Pennine watershed

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Shibden Park

There are still 5 Mute Swans here. One adult has ring 628Y, as noted on 4 June. It looks as if she has been joined by a male and 3 one year old offspring.

Monday, June 20, 2022

 Ringstone Sunday 19th June 2022.

Yellow Legged Gull found in the morning by JB. In moult with P5 missing.

Very distant on the north shore. Heavily cropped images.

Beacon Hill

Whitethroat 2 singing,  Willow Warbler 1 singing

Soil Hill

Two Grasshopper Warblers were seen on Soil Hill this morning, flushed from long grass as I was passing, an adult and juvenile. Adult perched briefly before dropping back into the vegetation. Sedge Warbler is also still present and singing almost constantly. In total five species of warbler were present on the site this morning.

-Grasshopper Warbler

Friday, June 17, 2022

Shibden Park

 5 Mute Swans here today: 2 adult + 3 in 2nd calendar year

Also 3 Tufted Ducks: 1 pair (which was being chased by a Coot), and a single male

Soil Hill

 I was beginning to worry that the Sedge Warbler territory from the last couple of years might not be returning to the site this year, so it was a very pleasant surprise to find this individual in fine song this morning; throwing in some excellent Oystercatcher and Reed Bunting into its usual repertoire of clicks and scratchy song notes. Also first Willow Warbler fledglings out this morning, and a fledgling Wheatear, the first time I have recorded one in June here. 

-Sedge Warbler

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Sunny Vale

 Kingfisher. Photos taken from public footpath.

Monday, June 06, 2022

Beacon Hill

 2 Whitethroats singing

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Shibden Park

This 'threesome' is interesting. It looks as if one gosling is a hybrid Greylag albino x Canada, while the other is pure Canada. The hybrid has a pale bill (Canada's is dark), and white patches on its back.

Also, there is just one Mute Swan, with red ring 628Y on its left leg.