Saturday, 11 August 2018

11th August

Out today with Dave, Fly Flats held 2 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 1 Buzzard and 4 Kestrels. Moving on to the Walshaw area we found 3 Crossbills feeding in the plantation, a male and female and a juvenile, we also had a family of Stonechats, 4 Buzzards and 18 Kestrels.

10th August

Zipped over to Fairburn Ings with Roy this evening for a couple of hours. 2 Spoonbills showed well again along with 2 Little Egrets, 1 Whooper Swan, 7 Black Tailed Godwits, 4 Green Sands, 4 Common Sands, 1 Dunlin and 1 Snipe.

Friday, 10 August 2018

9th August

Returned to last nights Barn Owl site and managed to locate the new nest site, that makes 8 breeding pairs so far this year.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Juv Cuckoo

Last nights juv Cuckoo taken through car window.

8th August

After a tip off me and Phil went looking for another Barn Owl site and found not one but two, needs another look to prove breeding. Also had 3 Short-eared Owls and a juvenile cuckoo on our travels.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

6th August

Out with Phil D again checking our last Barn Owl site, this time found 4 youngsters sat out waiting for supper, in all we have found 7 pairs, 5 of which have raised a total of 20 young. At two other sites 1 pair had all 6 young predated and at the other 6 eggs failed to hatch, still a very good year. Short-eared Owl close by feeding young on the ground.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

4th August

Highlights today were 2 Sanderling and 2 Green Sandpipers at Fly Flats. Couldn't find the Greenshank that was present for its second day. 4 other reservoirs produced very little apart from 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes with young.

2nd August

A quick look at 3 reservoirs produced 4 Ringed Plover, 1 LR Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpipers and a Curlew.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

31st July

Had an evening out at Fairburn Ings with Roy for a change, Adult and juvenile Spoonbills showed well, also an unseasonal Whooper Swan, 1 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpipers and another Barn Owl.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

30th July

Me and Phil D rechecked a Barn Owl site and confirmed at least two young present and being fed by adult. We also found two new Short-eared Owl nest sites with adults carrying voles in. Loads of juvenile Kestrels about, they must have had a great year with all these voles.

Monday, 30 July 2018

28th July

A juvenile Marsh Harrier was a nice find today, it was chased off by a female Merlin. Loads of Kestrels about and just one Crossbill.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

24th July

Me and Phil D checked 2 Barn Owl sites last night and found 1 pair with 4 well grown young flying about. The other site held an adult and a second bird in a cliff face hole, needs rechecking soon. Also 4 Little Owls picked up, 1 adult feeding 1 juvenile at one site.

Monday, 23 July 2018

22nd July

Same birds as yesterday although no Crossbills, Adult LEO showed well hunting over the moor and taking several voles back to 3 hunger owlets.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

21st July

More Owls today, 2 newly fledged Shorties, and 3 young LEOs showed really well also picked up a Little Owl on the way home. Other birds included dozens of Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1 Pere, 2 Buzzards, one of which was doing a good impression at a distance of a Great Skua???? 3 Crossbills including 2 juvs and a Siskin.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

12th July

All the usual birds again today but nice to see a family party of 2 adult and 10 young Grey Partridge.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

8th and 9th July

Lots more owls over the last 2 days, Barn Owl,5 Shorties, 2 young Leos hunger calling, lots of Kestrels including 5 driving off a Buzzard oh and above Thunder Bird 2 again.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

4th July

Out with Phil D. A nice selection of waders tonight including 3 adult and 2 juvenile LRPs. Also 5 Shorties including two well grown free flying juveniles and a moulting adult with no tail. Phone scoped the above juv.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

27th June

Out on the moors again, Barn Owl caught 3 voles in 15 minutes, 2 Shorties hunting, adult male Merlin, plenty of Kestrels, just 1 Buzzard, loads of waders including a nice pair of Golden Plovers.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

15th June More Owls

No LEOs tonight but plenty of Shorties and our regular Barn Owl showed well. Also had a newly fledged Wheatear.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Last week been catching up with the Owl surveys, mainly doing Leos but also found a new Barn Owl site was is encouraging.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

6th June evening

Tried some more sites for LEOs and found an adult hunting at one and two juvs hunger calling at another. Also found a new Barn Owl site and had 3 Shorties hunting the moors. 2 Woodcock were roding and Snipe, Lapwing, Curlew and Oystercatchers were found in good numbers.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

5th and 6th June

Finally got around to checking out some Long-eared Owls last night, found two adults with 4 young hunger calling at a local site, will need to check some more before World Cup starts. Also yesterday caught up with Reed Warbler locally. Today Garden Warbler still at Roils Head and Whitethroat singing at Highroad Well Moor.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

3rd June Roils Head

Finally got a good bird for Roils Head this year, a singing Garden Warbler, probably only my second at this site. Also female Blackcap present, Willow Warblers carrying food and 2 Herring Gulls east. 4 House Martins just back at local site, very late this year.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Silmarillion

Rumors that my favourite book is to be made into a film have been sadly quashed. New Header, our hero Fingolfin the third high king of the Noldor faces the dark lord Morgoth in mortal combat.

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.