Monday, 22 October 2018

22nd October

Back phone scoping the Crossbills today, at least 30 birds showed well, 9 Whoopers later dropped on to one of the reservoirs. 4 species of raptor noted today, also 3 Ravens.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

20th October

All the usual species today + 38 Crossbills in the plantation.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Silmarillion continued

Still reading the Silmarillion for about the 22nd time, found another picture of Fingolfins great battle with the dark lord Morgoth.

18th October

Brief stop at Fly Flats brought us a Dunlin and 2 Red-legged Partridge, then on to our usual spot where we clocked up 7 Shorties, 3 Barn Owls and 1 Little Owl, 1 brief Hen, loads of Kestrels, 2 or 3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Grey Partridge, 32 Crossbills and 20+Siskin in the woods, at least 400 Fieldfare and a Reed Bunting etc. Phone scoped above Kestrel.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

16th October

Todays birds included 6 Short-eared Owls, 3 Barn Owls, 5 Buzzards, loads of Kestrels and a juv male Hen Harrier. Also of note 3 Ravens, 250 Pinkies going south east and at least 500 Fieldfares going to roost, usual other species.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

14th October Rock Pipit dip

DF found another Rock Pipit at Ringstone today, unfortunately when we arrived on site there was no sight of it despite 6 of us searching. Another dip on this species for Calderdale.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Glenn Huges gig

Me and older brother went to see ex Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes at Leeds Uni last night, the first concert Ive been to in 2 and an half years. It was a great night and his voice was as usual brilliant. He started off playing his preferred bass and then later on out came a real bass his very old Red Rickenbacker. This was a back to the old purple set which featured classics like Stormbringer, Burn, Mistreated, Getting Tighter, You Fool no one, Might Just take your life, You Keep on Moving and a brilliant rendition of Sail Away. He also through in 2 Deep Purple mk2 hits, Smoke on the Water and Highway Star excellent. I must dust of the cob webs on my Blue Rickenbacker and start playing more often.

7th October

Back on the moors, todays tally included 1 Raven, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 51 Pinkies, the first Fieldfares and Redwings of the autumn, 6 Buzzards, 1 Hen, 2 Barn Owls and a juvenile Peregrine which had a go at one of the owls.

6th October

Todays birds included all 5 British Owls seen at the same site within 1 hour, these were 3 Barn, 5 Shorties, 1 Leo, 1 Tawny and 1 Little Owl. Also in the area 2 Hens, 7 Buzzards and a Peregrine.

5th October

Local walk produced one predated Little Owl.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

1st October

Back on the moors with AC today, first stop the plantation to look for Crossbills, we found 16 in with a huge flock of at least 100 Siskin, also a couple of Redpolls mixed in for good measure. Finally got a few pictures of one of 4 Barn Owls today using the iphone scope adapter. Other bird recorded were 1 Hen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Shortie, Tufted Duck, Great Spot Pecker, Grey Heron, Reed Bunting and a large looking accipiter which dashed through the wood but views not good enough to claim Thunder Bird 2. 2nd October, Wheatear at Tower Hill.

30th September

Another good day for Owls with 3 Barn, 2 Shorties, 1 Little and 1 Tawny sat out in the open. Also 1 Hen, 1 male Merlin, 4 Buzzards, 1 Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull, 50 Siskin, 2 Snipe and the juvenile Oystercatcher still present.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

29th September

Todays birds included 6 Barn Owls, 2 Shorties, 1 Hen, 7 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, lots of Kestrels, 50 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Snipe, 50+ Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Ravens, 1 Great Spot Pecker and a possible Leo seen briefly in the wood.

Friday, 28 September 2018


Reading Tolkien's Silmarillion again for the 22nd time, just got to the battle between Morgoth and Fingolfin so found another great drawing of the event above.

28th September

Local walk over Roils Head area produced a nice male Stonechat, several Long-tailed Tits, a Common Buzzard at Pellon and later on 5 Buzzards soaring together over Wheatley Valley the most Ive ever seen over this site.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

25th September

More owls tonight with 6 Barns, 4 Shorties and 1 Tawny, female Hen, 2 Buzzards, 1 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Goosander, 2 Snipe and 1 Tufted Duck.

Monday, 24 September 2018

22nd and 23rd Sept

The weekend produced just one Hen on Saturday, also 5 Crossbills in the plantation with 20 Siskin, 7 Barn Owls were in view at the same time on Sunday and 6 Shorties were also present. Other species included Buzzard, Kestrel, Grey Partridge, Raven, GBBGull, Snipe, Curlew etc.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

18th September

A rather windy day out with AC, still we managed 3 Hens, 1 Merlin that constantly hovered in the strong wind, 4 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, loads of Kestrels, just single Barn and Short-eared Owls and 2 Ravens.

Monday, 17 September 2018

16th September

Another good raptor day with 3 Hens, 4 Merlins, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzards, several Kestrels, 4 Barn Owls, 5 Shorties, 2 Ravens and 4 Goosanders.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

15th September

A good day out produced 3 Hens, ad male, female and juv male, 6 Buzzards, Merlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, loads of Kestrels, 4 Barn Owls, 6 Shorties, 4 Ravens, 21 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Oycs, 2 Curlews and 100s of Meadow Pipits.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Last 3 days

Two nights on the moors produced a juv male Hen and adult female on Sunday followed by an adult male and a ringtail on Monday. Also a Merlin put on a great show chasing pipits that the harrier flushed. Usual 3 or 4 Shorties kicking about and a Little Grebe and a Common Sand on one of the reservoirs. Today 2 Whinchats and a Spotted Flycatcher at Roils Head.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

5th Sept evening

Dashed out with Dave to Ringstone Edge for a Knot and a Whimbrel, unfortunately there was no sign of the Whimbrel but the summer plumaged Knot was still present.

5th September

A Spotted Flycatcher was found at Roils Head today, only other bird of note was a Sparrowhawk.

Monday, 3 September 2018

2nd September

Had an hour or so at a local watch point, not much just 4 Buzzards, 2 Ravens and 4 Kestrels. Then Dave picked me up and went to have a look at Brian's Ruff at Fly Flats, nice to see one in Calderdale. Next stop our usual spot produced 3 Barn Owls, 1 Leo and 3 Shorties.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

1st September

Todays birds included a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 5 Barn Owls, 2 Shorties and a brief Leo.

Friday, 31 August 2018

30th and 31st August

30th August, 2 Hens tonight along with 6 Shorties, 2 Leos, 1 Barny, 2 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Ravens and loads of Kestrels. 31st August, first Redstart of the autumn found at Roils Head.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

28th August

A great evening out saw us get 3 Barn Owls, 3 Shorties and 2 Long-eared Owls all hunting at the same time. Also our first autumn Hen, Peregrine, Buzzard, 4 Kestrels, 2 Ravens, 11 Curlew and a couple of Tufted Ducks.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

25th August

Fly Flats produced 1 Buzzard, 4 Dunlin, 3 Curlews, 4 Teal, 8 Tufties and 7 Wheatears. Whiteholme held just 2 Ringed Plovers a Dunlin and 3 Wheatears and Blackstone Edge had just 1 Curlew.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

22nd August

Me and Dave went to Whiteholme in poor conditions and found this rather odd looking godwit, first we thought Bar Tailed then we changed to Black Tailed then after looking at photos I decided I am not sure HELP. We should have tried to flush it, that would have clinched it. I am guessing it may be an Icelandic Black Tail, that might explain the reddish on the flank. Also present 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sand and 1 Snipe.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

21st August

Me and Phil went to check out 2 more Barn Owl sites, didn't see any Barnies but had 2 Short-eared Owls and a second Marsh Harrier of the year.