Monday, 24 April 2017

23rd April

Out and about on the moors, 3 pairs of Lapwing with 8 day old chicks were the first of the spring. Also 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and a female Merlin, all the usual waders including 2 LRPs and several drumming Snipe, 5 Herring Gulls west, 1 Sand Martin north and about 10 Wheatears.

Friday, 21 April 2017

21st April tarts tick 204

After a tip off from an old friend from my Upper George days in the 80s, I finally got a Ring-necked Parakeet in Calderdale, taking my Halifax total of species to 204 for now, this will however drop back to 203 next year when the BOU scrap Mealy Redpoll. The bird is at Witty Lane below Warley just off Burnley Road, apparently there have been 2 birds there regularly for the past few months.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

18th April

Male Redstart showed well again today at Roils Head, finally got some pics with the lumix. Also 2 Siskins present.

17th April dip dip dip

Out with Roy Easter Monday, dipped on Red-rumped Swallow and Spoonbill at Fairburn but did get 2 Little Egrets and 3 Red-legged Partridge. On to Rufforth for the chance of some white winged gulls but Blofeld was flying his James Bond helicopter about all afternoon so no gull settled, did have 3 Red Kites, 4 Buzzards and 2 more Red-legged Partridge. On to third site, much better with 2 Black-necked Grebes, 230 Black-tailed Godwit, a distant Long-tailed Duck, 2 Little Egrets, a Common Tern and a Bittern booming. BNGREBE shots taken from video with iphone adapter.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

16th April

Finally got a few record shots of the male Redstart at Roils Head today, present for its third day. Also here a very dark looking Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warblers.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

15th April

Up on the moors again, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Common Sandpipers were new today, also had immature female Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Wheatears and all the usual waders. (LRP pics, phone scoped with Kowa iphone adapter in windy conditions).

Friday, 14 April 2017

14th April

After yesterdays female Redstart at Roils Head I returned today to find a superb adult male Redstart in a different area. It was far too quick for me to get a picture and was off before I could get the camera out. Also new in was a male Wheatear and a Swallow, 3 Willow Warblers now singing.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

13th April

Roils Head, found my earliest ever Redstart today in the shelter belt, also 2 Redpoll and 2 Willow Warblers present.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

9th April

Todays highlight were 2 Ring Ouzel males new in, also 2 Chiffchaffs. An immature female Peregrine gave 3 Buzzards and a Lesser Black Backed Gull a good seeing too, the gull was making a huge noise screaming as the falcon stooped at it.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

8th April

A pretty bland day with not much happening. 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 2 Ravens, all the usual waders + 4 Redpoll and a Brambling in with the Siskins. On returning home found out we had missed out on 2 Black Redstarts.

Friday, 7 April 2017

7th April OSPREY

Up on the moors again today, the highlight being an Osprey flying north at 18.55pm, Dave got these 3 pics whilst I was trying to decide wheather to scope it or photograph it. Also 1 Shortie, 2 Sparrowhawks, 3 Buzzards, 1 Raven, 3 Kesies and all the usual waders. Also 3 Sand Martins and a few Swallows.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

5th April

Willow Warbler at Roils Head mid afternoon, then up on the moors in the evening brought 2 immature Peregrines, 5 Buzzards,1 Kestrel, 1 Crossbill, 2 Siskin, 20 Greylags + all the usual waders.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

4th April Buzzards

Took the bus up to my local watch point for a few hours (it was blooming cold). Almost at once there were 8 Buzzards in the air, 3 over Sowerby Bridge and 5 over Castle Carr. Later I had the local pale bird, could cause some major id problems for the unaware. Also today 3 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk a Goosander south and a Brambling north.

Monday, 3 April 2017

2nd and 3rd April

2nd April, out on the moors with DF. Had my first 2 Wheatears of the spring today, nice to see them back, also 3 Short-eared Owls including one wing clapping already, which is a good sign. 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzards, at least 250 Golden Plovers, all the other usual waders which seem to be abundant this spring and still 2 Crossbills in the plantation. 3rd April, Willow Warbler today at Roils Head was the earliest ever at this site.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

31st March

Evening on the moors produced a flock of over 350 Golden Plovers, 6 Common Buzzards and the juv male Hen Harrier. Lots of waders about again with at least 20 Oystercatchers in the area, numerous Lapwing and Curlew and plenty of Snipe drumming. Only 1 Short-eared Owl seen.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Learning curve

Over the past few weeks me and Andy C have had 3 visits to Rufforth looking for white winged gulls. Amongst the 1000s of birds present we began to see herring gull type birds with pure white heads and obvious dark eyes, probably seven birds in total, we even had a bird with both a dark eye on one side and a pale one on the other side of the head. I took several shots of the birds thinking they could be possible Caspian Gulls, but after sending the pics to a much more experienced Gull guru he has informed us that he thinks all the birds are just Herring Gulls with dark eyes (thanks Mick C for your time and response so quickly)hope I learn from your advice, back to the drawing board.

Monday, 27 March 2017

25th and 26th March

Last 2 days spent on the moors, highlights were a Water Pipit, 35 Whoopers Swans over, at least 4 Short-eared Owls back on the moors, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Ravens, 2 Crossbills a Sparrowhawk and 4 Buzzards.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

24th March

Up on the tops again with DF. Started off slowly then we had a good selection of birds later on including our juvenile male Hen Harrier which is slowly beginning to show some signs of going grey, 2 Shorties were the first back this spring. 45 Waxwings came in to roost, 1 Raven, 2 Golden Plovers, 2 Buzzards, 16 Snipe all drumming, 1 Crossbill, 8 Redshank + all the usual Oycs, Lapwings Curlew etc. (Hen Harrier pics taken from video footage).

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Video Snaps

Adult Caspo ??

3rd Time at Rufforth

Another trip to Rufforth with Andy produced 2 1st Winter Glaucous Gulls, 1 1st winter Iceland Gull and 4 possible Caspian Gulls, 3 third winters and the above adult. Also 1000s more gulls, a Peregrine and 4 Buzzardas.

Monday, 20 March 2017

20th March

Roils Head, 2 Brambling still present and a Reed Bunting new in the heather. Not much else about but two LBBGs at Pellon Reservoir.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

19th March

Roils Head again in horrible conditions. Still a few Bramblings about today, also Goldcrest and 22 Meadow Pipits. GSWP and 2 Bullfinch at Dodgson Wood.