Tuesday, 13 March 2018

13th March

DF found a Knot at Ringstone today, so we had a quick look at that before moving off to our usual site which held 9 Hen Harriers and 9 Short-eared Owls, 2 of which were in full display. Also Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, 1 Redshank, 1 Raven, lots of Curlew, Oycs and Lapwings and 3 Grey Partridge to end off a good day.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

10th March

At least 7 Hens found today including the adult male, also 3 Shorties a Goosander, 4 Oycs and several Curlew and Lapwings.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

6th March

6 Hens today including 4 sat on posts, no sign of the adult male though. Also 2 Shorties and the Merlin which I missed. Managed to get some video of 3 birds, 2 of which are shown above.

5th March

Todays birds included 4 Hen Harriers, 3 Buzzards, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Shorties, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Teal, 23 Lapwings and 6 Curlews.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

3rd March

Odd sighting today of a white Greylag type goose on the 5th tee of West End Golf Course, only other bird of note a Cormorant north over Roils Head.

Monday, 26 February 2018

26th February

Got a little side tracked today, me and Andy were going to check for harriers when we got a call saying there were 2 possible Rough-legged Buzzards in the south of the area. We arrived half an hour later but no sign, we did clock a Raven 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Kestrel and 5 Golden Plovers.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Fairies wear boots !

Just received an early birthday present from my older brother, Black Sabbath's last every concert on dvd from Birmingham last year. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it sounds, much better than when I first saw them in Bradford in 1978. The second track Fairies wear boots is awesome, just a shame that DF had 2 spares tickets for that particular show and forgot to tell me until it was too late. All the tracks come from the classic line up from 1968s Black Sabbath - 1977s Technical Ecstasy. Not much happening today bird wise so turn the volume up to 10 and lets rock, OH Lord Yer.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

24th February

Only 5 Hens today including the adult male which sneaked in at 5pm only to bounce back out at 5.30pm and returned at 6pm. Also 6 Buzzards, 4 Ravens, 1 Woodcock, 1 Tawny Owl, 14 Oycs and 40 Curlews.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

20th February

6 Hens today including adult male, all 6 up in the air together at one point with 3 Buzzards and a Short-eared Owl. Also Kestrel, 3 Oycs and 7 Curlews.

Monday, 19 February 2018

19th February

Adult male + 4 or 5 female Hens today in foggy conditions, also 4 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 8 Oycs, 7 Curlews and the usual Dipper.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

17th February

Adult male Hen back today with 4 females, 5 Buzzards, 5 Kestrels and the Merlin still present. Also 9 Herring Gulls east, 11 Goldies, 2 Curlews, 150 Lapwings and the usual Dipper.

Monday, 12 February 2018

11th and 12th February

11th February, very wintery conditions, still 5 Hens, 4 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 5 Oycs, 1 Cormorant, 52 Herrings and 2 GBBGS. 12th February, 6 Hens, 6 Buzzards, Peregrine and 2 Kestrels.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

4th February

5 Hen Harriers today including the stunning adult male also a superb Goshawk nearby putting ever bird in sight into the air. Also 4 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Woodcock flying around in broad daylight.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

30th January

Pink-footed Goose on the ground at Cold Edge today, also 2 Stonechats, 130 Fieldfare and a Little Owl at Castle Carr Road.

Monday, 29 January 2018

27th January

Phone scoped images of the Glaucous Gull at Hollingworth Lake on Saturday, first thought to be a second winter but probably more likely an advanced first winter due to dark eye.

Friday, 26 January 2018

26th January

6 Hens, 2 Peregrines, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 80 Lapwings and 6 Golden Plovers today.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

14th January

6 hens and 1 Sparrowhawk is all we had today.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

13th January

7 Hens recorded today also 2 buzzards and that was about it.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

11th January

Managed to get some poor video of the adult male today sat on a post, also had 5 females 1 Buzzard, 1 Shortie and a Teal.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

10th January

DF took the afternoon off work, so we headed to our regular spot and recorded 8 Hen Harriers, with the sat tagged bird not seen today that must mean we have 9 birds in the area, fantastic!!!! also 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 Great Spot and 3 Greylags.

Monday, 8 January 2018

8th January

Out on the moors again today, 6 Hens including the adult male, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and the usual Dipper, not much else.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

7th January

Todays birds included 1 Red Kite, 1 Merlin, 5 Hen Harriers, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 GSWPecker and a Flock of Herring Gulls passing through.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

6th January

6 Hens recorded today including the adult male, also 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 GSWPecker and 6 Golden Plovers.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Baird's Sandpiper Accepted

News as just come in that the Baird's Sandpiper me and DF found at Whiteholme last September as been accepted by the BBRC making it a first for Calderdale (will just have to bite the bullet and forget the one in 1990).

Monday, 1 January 2018

1st January 2018

Terrible conditions today but managed 3 Hen Harriers including the stunning adult male sat on the ground and on fence posts. Managed to get some video footage in heavy rain but quality very poor, still here's a few video snaps of the male. Also 1 Buzzard, 18 Herring and 2 Great Black Backs over, not much else.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

31st December

6 Hens recorded today including the adult male, there may have been more but the rain was so bad we had to give up before dark.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Thursday, 28 December 2017

28th December

An incredible 7 Hen Harriers today including the adult male, must be a local record? also 5 Buzzards and a Kestrel.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

26th December

26th December Finally got out after 3 weeks feeling crap, still felt pretty bad so didn’t take the scope with me (fatal error). The first bird we saw was the Great White Death a Goshawk, probably a male by size. It zoomed across the moor then gained height soaring about for 5 minutes before stooping like a Peregrine into a nearby wood scattering a dozen Wood Pigs, first Gos Ive had here for a few years now. Next came 4 Buzzards and a Kestrel, 6 Goosanders, 30 Goldies, 7 Herring and 2 GBBGulls. Then what we had come for, 4 Hen Harriers including the tatty winged female we have named White Spot due to the obvious white spot at the base of the upper left primaries.

Monday, 18 December 2017

18th December

Not much doing the past few weeks, been out of action with the dreaded lurgy, even had to cancel going to see 70s glam rock band the Sweet for a second year running (last year a Pallid Harrier near Spurn was to blame). Today had a few bits, a Peregrine, 26 Golden Plovers and 40 Meadow Pipits were at Mount Tabor. Oh and my brother said the concert was great!!!!!!!