Thursday, 17 May 2018

16th May

Had another trip out to St Aidans with Roy this evening, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Egrets and 2 booming Bitterns were the best we could manage.

Monday, 7 May 2018

5th and 6th May

5th May, usual birds + 2 Cuckoos sparring in the air. 6th May, had a trip to Fairburn Ings then to St Aidans, Spoonbill perched in a tree at Fairburn, good views of a Bittern in flight, at least 5 Black Necked Grebes, 1 Avocet and several Common Terns at St Aidans.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

2nd May

Trip to St Aidans in the evening with Roy. 1 BN Grebe, heard Bittern, 1 Avocet, 36 Black Tailed Godwits was the best we could manage.

Monday, 30 April 2018

28th - 29th April

Been a pretty hectic month the highlight being 2 Red Kites seen on 28th and 29th. All the usual other raptors seen + the odd Cuckoo, Swift, Wheatears but not many other migrants.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

14th April

Finally got a Willow Warbler at Roils Head today, a week late. Later up on the moors all the usual species including at least 6 Shorties.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

10th April

Went up Roils Head looking for migrants but nothing, where are they all. Did find 1 Brambling the only one Ive had this year. Yesterday 5 Redwing still here.

Monday, 9 April 2018

8th April

Out looking for migrants again but nothing doing except 1 Pink-footed Goose on a local reservoir. Loads more Shorties today + a Merlin, Sparrowhawk and 8 Buzzards.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

7th April

Found 7 adult Kittiwakes at Lower Gorple this evening with DF, also 2 Shorties and a flock of 60 Pied Wagtails. Barnacle Goose and 2 Red-legged Partridge at Fly Flats, shortie on Hebden Road and my first Swallow at Gorple.

Friday, 6 April 2018

5th April

Out looking for migrants today but nothing on that front. All the other usual moorland birds including stacks of Shorties and a Buzzard with a huge full crop.

Monday, 2 April 2018

1st April

A good day for raptors with 2 Peregrines, 1 Merlin, 4 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, 5 Shorties and wintering harriers now down to 3 birds. Also had a Little Grebe out of place, 1 Goosander, 25 Goldies, 3 Redshank and numerous Oycs, Curlew and Lapwing.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

30th March

A quick detour today saw us scoping a Sandwich Tern at Fly Flats, only my third record for Calderdale. Moving on to the next site which usually doesn't produce much we found a pair of Pintail on the distant shore line, another species that can be hard to find locally. Also had 2 Hens, 2 Buzzards, 3 Shorties, 1 Raven, 1 Woodcock + the usual waders.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

25th and 26th March

Two more days on the moors produced 3 Harriers on 25th and 4 on 26th, good numbers of Shorties about, 8 counted on 26th with one bird catching 3 voles in 10 mins on 25th. Also at least 6 Buzzards and 4 Kestrel recorded + the odd Sparrowhawk, Raven, Goosander, Herring Gulls, Tawny Owls, lots of Redshank + numerous other waders.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

24th March

2 adult male hens today but just 1 female, 2 Peregrines, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrels and at least 6 Short-eared Owls. Other birds included 25 Goldies, several Oycs, 3 Redshank, numerous Curlew and Lapwing and a Woodcock heard last thing.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

13th March

DF found a Knot at Ringstone today, so we had a quick look at that before moving off to our usual site which held 9 Hen Harriers and 9 Short-eared Owls, 2 of which were in full display. Also Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, 1 Redshank, 1 Raven, lots of Curlew, Oycs and Lapwings and 3 Grey Partridge to end off a good day.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

10th March

At least 7 Hens found today including the adult male, also 3 Shorties a Goosander, 4 Oycs and several Curlew and Lapwings.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

6th March

6 Hens today including 4 sat on posts, no sign of the adult male though. Also 2 Shorties and the Merlin which I missed. Managed to get some video of 3 birds, 2 of which are shown above.

5th March

Todays birds included 4 Hen Harriers, 3 Buzzards, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Shorties, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Teal, 23 Lapwings and 6 Curlews.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

3rd March

Odd sighting today of a white Greylag type goose on the 5th tee of West End Golf Course, only other bird of note a Cormorant north over Roils Head.

Monday, 26 February 2018

26th February

Got a little side tracked today, me and Andy were going to check for harriers when we got a call saying there were 2 possible Rough-legged Buzzards in the south of the area. We arrived half an hour later but no sign, we did clock a Raven 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel and 5 Golden Plovers.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Fairies wear boots !

Just received an early birthday present from my older brother, Black Sabbath's last every concert on dvd from Birmingham last year. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it sounds, much better than when I first saw them in Bradford in 1978. The second track Fairies wear boots is awesome, just a shame that DF had 2 spares tickets for that particular show and forgot to tell me until it was too late. All the tracks come from the classic line up from 1968s Black Sabbath - 1977s Technical Ecstasy. Not much happening today bird wise so turn the volume up to 10 and lets rock, OH Lord Yer.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

24th February

Only 5 Hens today including the adult male which sneaked in at 5pm only to bounce back out at 5.30pm and returned at 6pm. Also 6 Buzzards, 4 Ravens, 1 Woodcock, 1 Tawny Owl, 14 Oycs and 40 Curlews.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

20th February

6 Hens today including adult male, all 6 up in the air together at one point with 3 Buzzards and a Short-eared Owl. Also Kestrel, 3 Oycs and 7 Curlews.

Monday, 19 February 2018

19th February

Adult male + 4 or 5 female Hens today in foggy conditions, also 4 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 8 Oycs, 7 Curlews and the usual Dipper.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

17th February

Adult male Hen back today with 4 females, 5 Buzzards, 5 Kestrels and the Merlin still present. Also 9 Herring Gulls east, 11 Goldies, 2 Curlews, 150 Lapwings and the usual Dipper.

Monday, 12 February 2018

11th and 12th February

11th February, very wintery conditions, still 5 Hens, 4 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 5 Oycs, 1 Cormorant, 52 Herrings and 2 GBBGS. 12th February, 6 Hens, 6 Buzzards, Peregrine and 2 Kestrels.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

4th February

5 Hen Harriers today including the stunning adult male also a superb Goshawk nearby putting ever bird in sight into the air. Also 4 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Woodcock flying around in broad daylight.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

30th January

Pink-footed Goose on the ground at Cold Edge today, also 2 Stonechats, 130 Fieldfare and a Little Owl at Castle Carr Road.

Monday, 29 January 2018

27th January

Phone scoped images of the Glaucous Gull at Hollingworth Lake on Saturday, first thought to be a second winter but probably more likely an advanced first winter due to dark eye.

Friday, 26 January 2018

26th January

6 Hens, 2 Peregrines, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 80 Lapwings and 6 Golden Plovers today.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

14th January

6 hens and 1 Sparrowhawk is all we had today.