Saturday, December 31, 2022



Also, Teal 1 pair

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Beacon Hill

 Little Owl

Closed Hazel catkins. Each catkin consists of 240 male flowers. They will ripen and release pollen in February.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Beacon Hill

 Adult male Kestrel

Todmorden Town Centre

 Yesterday I saw the first Kingfisher I've ever seen on the Calder in the centre of Todmorden. It flew upstream past the bus station as I was passing on the adjacent footpath. Thinking it might perch in one of the trees overlooking the river just N of Stansfield Road I retraced my steps but to no avail. The river is culverted at Wellington Road just N of here, so where it went is a bit puzzling.

However, while looking for it, a small brown bird shot off the concrete bank, which my wife confirmed as a Dipper when it flew past her - she'd sensibly stayed downstream near the market. 

Today, another Dipper sighting at the Wellington Road bridge over the Calder - it had been perched on the river level monitoring equipment case, and rather oddly flew off high over the adjacent houses.

 Kirklees Estate just inside the recording area 13-12-2022.

Great to see a flock of at least 12 Yellowhammers in the Kirklees Estate. M, F and juveniles.

Friday, December 02, 2022

Cold Edge

 Another photo of the Wigeon

Cold Edge

 Male Wigeon

20 Greylag Geese (18 in photo). Also 82 Pinkfeet NW

1 pair of Stonechats

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Bird Report update

The 2020- 21 bird report is now also available at The Fox and Goose at Hebden Bridge.

Withens Clough

 A stunning adult male Black Redstart turned up in the clough this morning. Well done JM and thanks for the photo.

This site also produced a winter record in February 2021.

Two juveniles Black Redstarts were also present at Withens Clough reservoir from at least 1st September 2022 and stayed there a few weeks and reported as last seen on 22nd October.
Great birds to find !