Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Uli Jon Roth gig

Uli Jon Roth or Ulric Roth gig last night in Bradford. Didn't know what to expect as he is known to do two sets, one heavy rock and the other classical IE Vivaldi played on the Guitar instead of the Violin, sometimes he mixes both into his set. Tonight it was all about rock music with no classical music at all. What a treat his playing was just fantastic, one of the best Ive ever seen, he started with two tracks from his Electric Sun albums back from 79 - 80, Indian Dawn off Firewind was incredible, ive waited along time to hear that played live. Next he went through his Scorpion days the highlight being Pictured Life off the Virgin Killer album. He finished off with some Hendrix, all along the Watch Tower and a brilliant version of Little Wing. He had a great band with him some new others I think he has used before, the female singer I think was with him years ago on the G3 tours. All together a brilliant night out, it was just a shame the audience was so few, there must have only been 150 people there, but 150 lucky people. Net years he's doing a one man all classical show, might go to that also.

Saturday, 30 November 2019


Still recovering from last nights Sweet gig at Holmfirth Picture Drome, and what a gig it was, they were even better than last year, with 3 new members they had dropped all the acoustic numbers and replaced them with much heavier songs from their early albums and b sides to singles, Sweet Fa was a stand out number. They also did all their popular hits from the 70s. Next Gig Uli Roth on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

19th November

Went looking for the Snow Buntings at Whiteholme today with no luck, did have 2 Ravens there. 5 Mandarins were found at Ryburn, also Goosander and 3 Grey Wagtails.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

17th November

My big Kowa 88 scope turned 5 years old on 15th November, so I gave it a bit of a rest today and tried out its little cousin the 601. 3 female Hens showed well all afternoon, also 2 Barn Owls out hunting mid afternoon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawks.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

12th November

3 female hens today + 4 Buzzards, 2 Barn Owls, Kestrel, 1 Grey Wag, 15 Fieldfares etc.

Monday, 11 November 2019

10th November

8 Whooper Swans and 2 Hens were just about it for today.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

5th November

Adult male and 2 female hens today, also 3 Buzzards, 2 Ravens and 5 Grey Partridge.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

30th October

3 Hens today + Merlin, 2 Buzzards, 2 Ravens, 1 Wigeon and a pair of Kestrels fighting on the ground. The female had the male pinned to the ground, there was lots of calling coming from the frightened male who eventually escaped, me and Dave have never seen anything like this before.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

27th October

6 Hens today including adult male, juv male and 4 females, also Merlin, 4 Kestrels, 3 Buzzards, 1 Raven, 10 Herring Gulls etc.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

26th October

Back watching the harriers today, only 2 females seen, also 1 Merlin, 7 Whooper Swans and this Water Pipit which Dave managed to photograph in the same spot the Rock Pipit was in 3 weeks ago.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

24th October

Todays birds included 3 Hen Harriers, adult male, juvenile male and a female, also 1 Merlin, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Raven etc.

Monday, 21 October 2019

20th October

Northerly winds today produced 21 Whooper Swans east, 7 Hen Harriers, 5 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

19th October

An unexpected visit to the moors with no scope produced 2 ringtails, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrels and a flock of c25 Pinkies moving west.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

15th October

2 Ringtails today + 3 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrels, 2 Ravens 1 Goosander and 1 Ring Ouzel in with Redwings, Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes.

Monday, 14 October 2019

14th October

Local walk produced this cracking male Sparrowhawk at Highroad Well, the camera was set up all wrong so I have had to rescue these pics.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

12th October

Todays highlight was a superb male Hen Harrier at dusk, not much else to report.

Monday, 7 October 2019

7th October

4 Ring Ouzels found today in a huge flock of Thrushes, also 1 Hen, 1 Merlin, 4 Ravens, 2 Buzzards, 1 Wheatear, 3 Stonechats, GSWoodpecker ETC.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

5th October

Rock Pipit still present today, photos taken in poor light, also 1 Hen, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ravens, 5 Wigeon, 4 Stonechats etc.

Friday, 4 October 2019

3rd and 4th October

Not much happening the last few days, Stonechat at Roils Head and a Fox eyeing up some juicy plump breasted chickens off Moor End Road.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

2nd October

Me and Dave refound the Rock Pipit today and it showed really well late afternoon. Its took me many years to find one so here are another 7 photos taken on 2nd October. Also in the area 2 Hens, 2 Merlins, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, Kestrel, Barn Owl etc.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

1st October, Rock Pipit 209

Me and AC braved the bad weather and the cold and it paid off in the form of a Rock Pipit, at last after years of searching for this species in Calderdale we finally found one. Also 2 Hens, 2 Buzzards, 2 Barn Owls, 5 Pink Footed Geese, 2 Swallows and a wader over calling that I think was a Grey Plover, but I will have to probably let that one go.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

23rd September

Hen Harrier was seen to make a kill today

Sunday, 22 September 2019

21st September

Out on the moors today and 2 Hen Harriers were seen, this one a juvenile, also 1 Peregrine 4 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Red-legged Partridge and we just missed out on a Marsh Harrier and a Yellow Wagtail.