Friday, April 28, 2023

Shibden Park

 2 Common Sandpipers

Monday, April 24, 2023

Ringstone Pochard

 Not a rare bird but a single Pochard at Ringstone Edge res this aft was a Calderdale tick for me 

Wednesday, April 19, 2023


 Grey Wagtail

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Hebden Bridge

 Singing Nuthatch and nest hole

Saturday, April 15, 2023


 This is my first Willow Warbler this year

Friday, April 14, 2023


 Tufted Duck pair

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Fly Flats

A stormy, blustery afternoon with heavy showers forecast tempted a look for any terns moving through this upland site. Nothing moving at all though from the top road I did manage to scope a Ringed Plover and my first for the year with two male Wheatears trying to hide behind a wall from an oncoming downpour.

Similar forecast for tomorrow might be worth checking local reservoirs for passing terns / gulls (?)

Cromwell Bottom

I paid an early visit to the east end of the site this morning. Mainly to check the ski-lake and lagoon for signs of migrants.

Lots of hirundines feeding both low down over the ski-lake and at times going high en-mass, obviously after a movement of insects. Really difficult to get anywhere near an accurate count with such mobile movements. I estimated 80+ probably with ratio somewhere around 30+ Sand Martins, 30+ Swallows and 20+ House Martins. The only other sign of movement were 2 B H Gulls and a single L B b Gull all >W.

One Willow Warbler singing as well as two Blackcaps and another pair together near the lagoon. Chiffchaff seemed to be all over the place.

Thursday, April 06, 2023

Withens Clough Res'r - 6th April

Still pretty cool breeze up there this morning. Not a lot about.

2 drake Goldeneye and 6 Goosander (all red-heads) 
A few Reed Buntings, Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks along with a passing Oystercatcher and 2 Curlew.

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

High Royd - 5th April

Dismal drizzly weather today. I tried High Royd S T W. It's about a mile west along the canal from Sowerby Bridge though viewing is restricted. Thought the weather might have been favourable for a few hirundines above the filter beds. Lots of construction work going on at the site so it was a bit disappointing. Not a sign of any Swallows or Martins. Carrion Crows - got to 72 they all spooked. 4 Grey Wagtails and 20+ Pied Wagtails along with a single Moorhen was the best I could do.

Several Chiffchaff singing out, was the only warbler.
Flyovers heading west 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant and an adult Herring Gull
That was about it along with some of the usual species..

Monday, April 03, 2023

Lee Mount - 3rd April

Swan species
Three flew high over the house >NW at  15:50 in bright sunlight, they looked fantastic. No call heard though I suspect they were Whoopers, but could not be sure. They were moving pretty quickly and I just managed to get the bins on them but still unsure of 100% identification. Someone else might have picked them out further north or north west. They were heading generally in the direction of Mixenden or Ogden maybe or they may have just gone straight through given the favourable conditions.

Earlier in a day a Red Kite passed over, even giving a call, which drew my attention to it around 10:50. It disappeared very quickly behind the houses looking as if heading maybe towards Beacon Hill ?

Sunday, April 02, 2023

Soil Hill & Whiteholme Reservoir

 Nice to be out on such a beautiful morning, feels like the first real day of spring. First called up at Soil Hill during the morning, before checking in Whiteholme Reservoir around lunchtime.

  • The Soil Hill highlight came during the mid-afternoon when driving back over the Hill. Nice White Wagtail on the Perseverance Road manure pile. The strong light did not help, but the contrast between the nape and back was still striking. The rump also good, although I only got one proper look at it. The pattern on the face is certainly odd, with the apparent black line running along the lores.

  • Just two Teal on the NK Pond. Wonder if birds have started to move off to their breeding grounds.

  • Steady gull passage this morning, with 19 Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed and a single Common Gull heading northeast. A single Black-headed Gull flew south. 

In total managed 43 species this morning, the full list here;

-White Wagtail

Whiteholme was enjoyable, with a few different species on offer, although mostly common species for the site. 

  • A drake Common Scoter was dozing in the centre of the reservoir. It did not wake up for the entire time I was there.
-Common Scoter

In total managed 16 species this morning, the full list here;

Saturday, April 01, 2023

Halifax 1st April

Another Osprey sighting for Calderdale . One flew over Well Head mid -morning soon after 10 am heading in the direction of King Cross. Well done and many thanks to PL - right place right time !