Sunday, 17 June 2018

15th June More Owls

No LEOs tonight but plenty of Shorties and our regular Barn Owl showed well. Also had a newly fledged Wheatear.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Last week been catching up with the Owl surveys, mainly doing Leos but also found a new Barn Owl site was is encouraging.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

6th June evening

Tried some more sites for LEOs and found an adult hunting at one and two juvs hunger calling at another. Also found a new Barn Owl site and had 3 Shorties hunting the moors. 2 Woodcock were roding and Snipe, Lapwing, Curlew and Oystercatchers were found in good numbers.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

5th and 6th June

Finally got around to checking out some Long-eared Owls last night, found two adults with 4 young hunger calling at a local site, will need to check some more before World Cup starts. Also yesterday caught up with Reed Warbler locally. Today Garden Warbler still at Roils Head and Whitethroat singing at Highroad Well Moor.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

3rd June Roils Head

Finally got a good bird for Roils Head this year, a singing Garden Warbler, probably only my second at this site. Also female Blackcap present, Willow Warblers carrying food and 2 Herring Gulls east. 4 House Martins just back at local site, very late this year.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Silmarillion

Rumors that my favourite book is to be made into a film have been sadly quashed. New Header, our hero Fingolfin the third high king of the Noldor faces the dark lord Morgoth in mortal combat.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

16th May

Had another trip out to St Aidans with Roy this evening, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Egrets and 2 booming Bitterns were the best we could manage.

Monday, 7 May 2018

5th and 6th May

5th May, usual birds + 2 Cuckoos sparring in the air. 6th May, had a trip to Fairburn Ings then to St Aidans, Spoonbill perched in a tree at Fairburn, good views of a Bittern in flight, at least 5 Black Necked Grebes, 1 Avocet and several Common Terns at St Aidans.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

2nd May

Trip to St Aidans in the evening with Roy. 1 BN Grebe, heard Bittern, 1 Avocet, 36 Black Tailed Godwits was the best we could manage.

Monday, 30 April 2018

28th - 29th April

Been a pretty hectic month the highlight being 2 Red Kites seen on 28th and 29th. All the usual other raptors seen + the odd Cuckoo, Swift, Wheatears but not many other migrants.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

14th April

Finally got a Willow Warbler at Roils Head today, a week late. Later up on the moors all the usual species including at least 6 Shorties.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

10th April

Went up Roils Head looking for migrants but nothing, where are they all. Did find 1 Brambling the only one Ive had this year. Yesterday 5 Redwing still here.

Monday, 9 April 2018

8th April

Out looking for migrants again but nothing doing except 1 Pink-footed Goose on a local reservoir. Loads more Shorties today + a Merlin, Sparrowhawk and 8 Buzzards.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

7th April

Found 7 adult Kittiwakes at Lower Gorple this evening with DF, also 2 Shorties and a flock of 60 Pied Wagtails. Barnacle Goose and 2 Red-legged Partridge at Fly Flats, shortie on Hebden Road and my first Swallow at Gorple.

Friday, 6 April 2018

5th April

Out looking for migrants today but nothing on that front. All the other usual moorland birds including stacks of Shorties and a Buzzard with a huge full crop.

Monday, 2 April 2018

1st April

A good day for raptors with 2 Peregrines, 1 Merlin, 4 Buzzards, 6 Kestrels, 5 Shorties and wintering harriers now down to 3 birds. Also had a Little Grebe out of place, 1 Goosander, 25 Goldies, 3 Redshank and numerous Oycs, Curlew and Lapwing.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

30th March

A quick detour today saw us scoping a Sandwich Tern at Fly Flats, only my third record for Calderdale. Moving on to the next site which usually doesn't produce much we found a pair of Pintail on the distant shore line, another species that can be hard to find locally. Also had 2 Hens, 2 Buzzards, 3 Shorties, 1 Raven, 1 Woodcock + the usual waders.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

25th and 26th March

Two more days on the moors produced 3 Harriers on 25th and 4 on 26th, good numbers of Shorties about, 8 counted on 26th with one bird catching 3 voles in 10 mins on 25th. Also at least 6 Buzzards and 4 Kestrel recorded + the odd Sparrowhawk, Raven, Goosander, Herring Gulls, Tawny Owls, lots of Redshank + numerous other waders.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

24th March

2 adult male hens today but just 1 female, 2 Peregrines, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrels and at least 6 Short-eared Owls. Other birds included 25 Goldies, several Oycs, 3 Redshank, numerous Curlew and Lapwing and a Woodcock heard last thing.

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.