Friday, 15 September 2017

15th September

Me and DF plodded around Whiteholme for 5 hours but no Baird's Sand today only 1 Dunlin, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, Sand Martin, Reed Bunting, Wheatear and 2 Common Gulls.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

14th September

Back to Whiteholme today where the Baird's Sandpiper showed much better in good light, also 2 Ravens and a Wheatear there.

Lucky 13th

A quick look at Ringstone, just one Wigeon of note, then me and Dave went to try our luck at Whiteholme and struck gold in the form of a Baird's Sandpiper, a first for Calderdale, one at the same site in 1990 was rejected by BBRC. The video snaps are not that good so hopefully we will try again later today if its still there.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

12th September

Evening at Ringstone Edge produced a very nice find of 7 Pintails and a Wigeon, unfortunately the Pintails flew off as soon as they were spotted. Also 1 Tuftie, 3 GCGrebes, 20 Golden Plover, 300+Lapwings.

Monday, 11 September 2017

10th September

Went with DF to pick up his new second hand scope from GW, a bargain Kowa 773 with 30x wide angle eyepiece. Whilst testing it we had 4 Buzzards, 1 juv Peregrine and a Kestrel. Not much doing at Ringstone or EGP later.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

8th and 9th September

A Redstart at Roils Head on 8th and a Wheatear at Heath Hill Road on 9th was about it for last few days.

Monday, 4 September 2017

4th Sept

1 Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler at Roils Head today.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Dead Grouse

2nd September, fairly quiet today the highlight being a Merlin + 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and a Redstart, also found a dead Grouse, there will be a lot of dead Grouse up here in the next few months. 3rd September, just a Chiffchaff and a Kestrel at Roils Head.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Last few days

31st August., found something almost as rare these days as Hen Harrier, a Hedgehog at Silverwood Ave, Pellon on my way to Roils Head where I found 2 Redstarts and a Chiffchaff. Evening out with Roy produced one Sparrowhawk that's all.1st September, on the moors with DF, no harrier but 4 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 6 Kestrels, 1 Raven, 2 Teal and 4 Tufties.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

30th August

Back on the moors with DF tonight and the juvenile Hen Harrier (a rare sight) put on a great show sparring with a Buzzard for 20 minutes before landing on a wall in front of us where I managed to get 4 minutes video down the scope. We think its probably a female due to the dark eyes. Also in the area Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzards. Above pictures taken from video and flight shots by DF.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

28th and 29th August

A stunning ringtail Hen Harrier was the highlight of the day on 28th, an odd looking bird being very plain ogangie underneath and dark above. Will post pictures when I get my media player working. Also a hunting Peregrine, 7 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, 2 Ravens and 5 Tufted Ducks. 29th August, returned in the evening with DJP but no wind and very little happening only 4 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Cormorant and 3 Tufties.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

26th and 27th August

Up on the moors yesterday with DF, a good selection of birds including 2 juvenile Marsh Harriers, a Merlin, 3 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, 3 Ravens, 4 Stonechats and 2 Grey Partridge. Today at Roils Head 2 new Redstarts, a Chiffchaff and a Sparrowhawk over Tower Hill.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Last few days

Redstart at Roils Head on Tuesday, Marsh Harrier at Ringstone, Kestrel with jesses nearby and a Ringed Plover at Whiteholme on Wednesday, 2 Chiffchaffs at Roils Head, Peregrine at Cock Hill, 40 Mistle Thrushes and 2 Curlews at Howarth Old Road and a pair of Barn Owls undisclosed site on Thursday.

Monday, 21 August 2017

21st August

First Redstart of the autumn found today at Roils Head, also Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Bullfinch and Coal Tit here.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

16th and 17th August

Last night had 5 Ringed Plovers and a Redshank at Whiteholme. Today got a surprise when I flushed a Short-eared Owl that was roosting on the ground in the heather at Roils Head, it took off but soon came down landing in cover so I left it alone. That's the third shortie Ive had in this area over the years.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

15th August

Tree Pipit and 20+ Willow Warblers at Roils Head today, Red-legged Partridge at Highroad Well Moor, Swifts at Heath Hill Road and Rye Lane.

14th August

Whinchat and 6 Willow Warblers at Roils Head today, Peregrine, 3 Kestrels and 1 Sparrowhawk on the moors in the evening.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

13th August

Had a walk up to my watch point today in the hope of getting some raptors, had only just left the house when news came though of an Osprey at Leeshaw, some miles north of where I watch from. Arrived at watch point 45 minutes later when news came that the Osprey was still at Leeshaw and had caught a fish, good this bird might hopefully drift past me later on. I sat down and began to find a few birds, 3 Ravens, 3 Buzzards, 3Kestrels and 3 Sparrowhawks 2 of which were carrying prey. I was then joined by Matt who was on his way to Leeshaw, but a quick call to Brian who informed us that the Osprey had left, so we stayed put BIG MISTAKE. Not long later the Osprey was back with another fish, so we decided to go for it, too late we just missed it but we did have another Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, 2 Barnacle Geese and a Bar-headed Goose?

Thursday, 10 August 2017

9th and 10th August

Me and Dave back on our old stomping ground on 9th produced yet another Barn Owl, 2 juv Buzzards and a Spotted Flycatcher. Today at Roils Head found 2 Spotted Flys in with several Willow Warblers + 2 juv Bullfinches that have been knocking about all week.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

7th August

Had a trip out to St Aidans with Roy this evening looking for the 2 Red Crested Pochards that had turned up but had no luck, did have an out of season Brent Goose, a Black Tern and three Little Egrets.

Friday, 28 July 2017

27th July

Following a tip off me and Dave S checked out a potential new Barn Owl site and were not disappointed. 2 adult birds were found roosting next to what looks like a breeding site. We also dropped in to another BO site and had 3 more birds.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

25th July

Todays highlights were a superb female Merlin that flew strait past us 3 times, adult Peregrine, 7 Kestrels and a Stoat which so far has managed to avoid the keepers!

Friday, 21 July 2017

20th July Caspian Tern and Cattle Egret

Me and DF had a great day out at St Aidans and Fairburn Ings. Fisrt stop St Aidans for the Caspian Tern, a real cracker, showed well all afternoon, you can see a Garganey with it in one of the phone scoped shots I took. Also at this site Black Tern and lots of Common Terns including the above juvenile. Then on to Fairburn where the Cattle Egret showed much better than on Tuesday, good to compare with several Little Egrets.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

18th July Fairburn Ings

Zipped over to Fairburn Ings for the Cattle Egret with Dave this evening. Very distant seen in flight 3 or 4 times. 5 Little Egrets showed much better. End of the evening and 3 Spoonbills circled the reserve before disappearing. On our way back in Castleford and a huge Tern flew over the car going west just after 9pm, had to be the Caspian Tern that had been seen at Swillington earlier and returned there at 9.15pm.