Tuesday, 16 January 2018

14th January

6 hens and 1 Sparrowhawk is all we had today.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

13th January

7 Hens recorded today also 2 buzzards and that was about it.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

11th January

Managed to get some poor video of the adult male today sat on a post, also had 5 females 1 Buzzard, 1 Shortie and a Teal.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

10th January

DF took the afternoon off work, so we headed to our regular spot and recorded 8 Hen Harriers, with the sat tagged bird not seen today that must mean we have 9 birds in the area, fantastic!!!! also 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 Great Spot and 3 Greylags.

Monday, 8 January 2018

8th January

Out on the moors again today, 6 Hens including the adult male, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and the usual Dipper, not much else.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

7th January

Todays birds included 1 Red Kite, 1 Merlin, 5 Hen Harriers, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 GSWPecker and a Flock of Herring Gulls passing through.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

6th January

6 Hens recorded today including the adult male, also 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 GSWPecker and 6 Golden Plovers.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Baird's Sandpiper Accepted

News as just come in that the Baird's Sandpiper me and DF found at Whiteholme last September as been accepted by the BBRC making it a first for Calderdale (will just have to bite the bullet and forget the one in 1990).

Monday, 1 January 2018

1st January 2018

Terrible conditions today but managed 3 Hen Harriers including the stunning adult male sat on the ground and on fence posts. Managed to get some video footage in heavy rain but quality very poor, still here's a few video snaps of the male. Also 1 Buzzard, 18 Herring and 2 Great Black Backs over, not much else.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

31st December

6 Hens recorded today including the adult male, there may have been more but the rain was so bad we had to give up before dark.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Thursday, 28 December 2017

28th December

An incredible 7 Hen Harriers today including the adult male, must be a local record? also 5 Buzzards and a Kestrel.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

26th December

26th December Finally got out after 3 weeks feeling crap, still felt pretty bad so didn’t take the scope with me (fatal error). The first bird we saw was the Great White Death a Goshawk, probably a male by size. It zoomed across the moor then gained height soaring about for 5 minutes before stooping like a Peregrine into a nearby wood scattering a dozen Wood Pigs, first Gos Ive had here for a few years now. Next came 4 Buzzards and a Kestrel, 6 Goosanders, 30 Goldies, 7 Herring and 2 GBBGulls. Then what we had come for, 4 Hen Harriers including the tatty winged female we have named White Spot due to the obvious white spot at the base of the upper left primaries.

Monday, 18 December 2017

18th December

Not much doing the past few weeks, been out of action with the dreaded lurgy, even had to cancel going to see 70s glam rock band the Sweet for a second year running (last year a Pallid Harrier near Spurn was to blame). Today had a few bits, a Peregrine, 26 Golden Plovers and 40 Meadow Pipits were at Mount Tabor. Oh and my brother said the concert was great!!!!!!!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

3r December

Just two Hens clocked today also 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 2 Sparrowhawks, 8 Herring Gulls, 5 Teal, 1 Dipper, a Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

28th November

Out with tall Andy today, 4 Hens showed well also just 1 Kestrel.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

25th and 26th Nov

25th November, went looking for DJS' Lapland Bunting on Swales Moor but no luck there so had a look at Elland GP and not much happening there also. 26th November, the same 5 Hens were again picked up today also 2 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels.

Monday, 20 November 2017

18th and 19th November

The Hen Harriers performed well over the last few days with 5 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. DF got some great shots of the adult males tail pattern as it flew off whilst I managed to video an adult female sat on a post. Also recorded 9 Whooper Swans, 1 Woodcock and 4 or 5 Buzzards.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

11th November

Todays raptors, 3 Hens, 1 Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels and 2 Shorties. 6 Teal, 3 Herring Gulls and a Snipe provided the backup.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

5th November

3 Hens today including adult male late on, also 3 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels and 4 Whooper Swans.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A few more

Todays birds 4th Nov

Pics by DF.

4th November

Todays birds, 3 Hen Harriers including adult male, Peregrine, 6 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, Stonechat, Redwing, Fieldfare etc.

Friday, 3 November 2017

2nd November

Just 3 Hens today + Merlin, 3 Buzzards and 3 Kestrels. 2 Stonechats have been present all week at Roils Head.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

1st November

5 Hen Harriers today including the adult male which put on a great show, also Merlin, 3 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels and 5 Whooper Swans.

Monday, 30 October 2017

29th October Harrier day

An incredible count today of at least 6 Hen Harriers including a superb adult male, also Short-eared Owl, Buzzard and 2 Kestrels. Pictures by DF.

Friday, 27 October 2017

27th October

Not much happening all week just 4 Stonechats on my local patch. Much better today, after a dip on 2 reported Hawfinch me and Dave headed to our favourite site and were rewarded with at least 3 Hen Harriers together including a stonking adult male, there may actually have been 4 birds? also a Short-eared Owl a Buzzard and 2 Snipe+ 5 hares together in one field.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Last few days

Not much doing the last few days, Roils Head 2 Stonechats still present also 5 or 6 Goldcrests in the tit flock, odd Bullfinch, 30+ Goldfinch, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

17th October

Just a pair of Stonechats still present at Roils Head today.

Monday, 16 October 2017

16th October

Back to Roils Head where the sun had turned red due to sand in the atmosphere, 2 Stonechats, 2 Goldcrests and a GSWPecker and 2 more Stonechats at Highroad Well Moor.