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.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

16th March

At least 6 Bramblings still at Roils Head. Finally got a couple of pics after weeks of trying.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15th March

Me and DJS went out early this morning in the hope of finding Goshawk, sadly no luck there. We did have 3 Buzzards all day, 4 sightings of Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 1 Raven, 1 Tawny Owl calling and the usual woodland species.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Cold Edge Dams

Took the bus to Cold Edge today armed with my new digi scope adapter and the results proved a lot better than the previous attempts. The wind was strongly blowing and I expected most of my shots to be blurred, but with better light the camera gave me a faster shutter speed and only 2 out of 374 shots were blurred. Not that much about but 2 Barnacle Geese, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Tufted Ducks and 2 Little Grebes.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Birthday birding

Out with Dave F today testing my new Kowa iphone 5 adapter. The weather was dull and over cast so don't know if the photos are not so good because of it or that I am doing something wrong. The adaptor works very well but perhaps it the phone itself that's the problem, the photos don't look any better than what I got using my Fuji f30, oh well practice makes perfect. Not many birds today, 3 Crossbills, 20 Siskin, 2 Stonechats, 4 Redshank and a brief Hen Harrier were the best we could do.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Return to Rufforth

Returned to Rufforth with Andy and my new toy the Kowa tsn iphone 5 adaptor for my Kowa scope. Andy soon picked out a first winter Iceland Gull in flight followed by an adult Iceland Gull. I had trouble getting on to both of them and only saw them in flight hence no pictures. There were 1000s of gulls on the nearby tip and several hundered landed in the fields for us to look at. I soon began to see what I thought were Caspian Gulls in amongst the throng and started taking pictures of what I believe to be third winter birds, the dark eye was notable on all three (any thoughts on the above photos most welcome). As for the new adaptor, the pics on the back of the phone looked great but when I put them on the Lap Top not so great, probably need more practice.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

7th March

Back on the moors today, loads of waders 120+ Curlew, 34 Oystercatchers, 500 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plovers. No sign of reported Water Pipit but a few raptors around, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and the first winter male Hen Harrier. 8 Siskins and 8 Reed Buntings in the woods, 2 Stonechats on the walls, no Crossbills today.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Rufforth Gulls

After the success of the Eastern Black Redstart we decided to head to Rufforth in the hope of seeing some white winged gulls. Both me and Andy hadn't seen a Glauc in 20 years and we were not disappointed. In the first 10 minutes of being there we picked out three monsterous first winter Glaucous Gulls, 2 looked fairly typical but the third was somewhat darker. We were pretty sure we also had a third winter Caspian Gull but it flew off before I could digi scope it.

Twitching again

Me and Tall Andy finally cracked and went for the Eastern Black Redstart at Skinningrove NORTH YORKSHIRE (Cleveland is in America). And what a little beauty it was, coming to feed a few yards away, even I couldn't fail to get some decent pictures with just my Lumix.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

4th March

After a week spent getting brief views of Bramblings and Redpolls it was good to get back out on to the moors today with DF. It soon became clear that there were a lot of birds about, first a Stonechat followed by a flock of Starlings with 150 Fieldfares in with them. Then some raptors, an immature Peregrine, 5 Buzzards and at the top of the valley our female Hen Harrier. Around the wood were 4 Crossbill, Siskin and Mistle Thrush, 19 Oystercatchers and lots of Lapwing and Curlew were in the fields and a lone Raven flew over cronking. On to next site where we just missed 9 Whoopers and a Water Pipit but were treated to our local juv male and adult female harriers again.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Snow Bunting

Roils Head was buzzing with finches today, had 6 species in 5 minutes which is good for here including Redpolls, Brambling and Bullfinch. Was just about to go and look for a male Stonechat which I saw earlier in the week when DF rang and said he was going for the Snow Bunting that turned up last week. So off we went and was not disappointed, the bird showed well down to 20 yards but in very windy conditions, the above photos were the best I could do with just my Lumix (no scope today). No doubt Brian and Dave S who were already on site got some better shots.

Monday, 20 February 2017

19th and 20th Feb

Sunday out with DF on the moors again. Not much happening due to poor conditions, 1 Buzzard, 400 Lapwings, 10 Oystercatchers, 30 Goldies, 9 Curlew, 7 Teal, 400 Starlings, no harriers or Crossbills today. Monday slog around Roils Head, 1 Brambling, 2 Redpoll, 1 singing Goldcrest, loads of Redwings was about it.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

18th Feb

Out on the tops with DF this PM. At last confirmed breeding of Crossbills with a juvenile seen in the company of at least 6 adults at the usual spot, also 2 Brambling and 2 Siskins here with a fly over Jack Snipe as well. Nearby 400 Lapwings, 4 oycs, 30 Goldies, 2 Curlew, 2 Stock Doves, loads of Fieldfare and a female Hen Harrier.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

14th Feb

25 species in a 2hour local walk is not bad for mid February. 8 Gbbgs and 3 Herring Gulls, 2 Redpoll, 2 Brambling, female Stonechat,6 Golden Plovers etc. Practiced a few shots on BHG and Common Gulls getting ready for March when hopefully I might get a Halifax Gos.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Roils Head

Not much happening this week just a Stonechat mid week and 2 Bramblings today, also had a Nuthatch mid week which is a scarce bird for my local patch.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

5th February

Back with the Harriers with DF and Muxy. Adult female showed well mid afternoon. Also some 23 Crossbills flying around in plantation.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017


February started with a twitch to Derbyshire with AC on 1st to try and see the Dusky Thrush that had been present for the last few months. After Andy’s sat nav took us on a site seeing expedition around the back streets of Sheffield we finally arrived 2 hours 20 minutes later. The bird had not been seen for 3 days so it was a bit of a risk and when we arrived the area where the bird had been seen feeding was closed for the day, so we had to walk round the back up a muddy lane. There were only 2 other birders there and they hadn’t seen it, so we scanned through all the Redwings and Song Thrushes that were feeding in a nearby field but no luck. Then after some 20 minutes I decided to try another area where the bird had apparently favoured a week ago and bingo first bird in my Scope a DUSKY THRUSH, tick, a lifer taking me on to 388 for Britain (should have passed 400 ages ago but not done much twitching the last 10 years). Sadly no photos too far away. Three days later another twitch this time with DF to see the Pine Bunting at Dunnington. I didn’t need Pine Bunting for Britain saw one in Northumberland with DJP in 1992 but it would be a Yorkshire tick so off we went. After waiting in a crowd of about 50 birders for half an hour DF realised he was going to need a scope which he had left in the boot of the car so off he went to get it and you can guess the rest, no sooner had he disappeared than the bunting decided to show. I couldn’t get on to it to start with then after a frustrating 30 seconds there it was in my scope, a second for me and a Yorkshire tick taking my Yorkshire tally up to 327. DF appeared around the corner with said scope but two late the bird had gone, we waited another 3 hours but no show so off we went. No photos too brief and too far away. Oh by the way Yorkshires second ever Pine Bunting at Flamborough Head in 1988 was found by one W E Oddie.
Somewhere in this hedge is the Pine Bunting.

January 2017

Bean Goose left hand bird Photos DF. January 2017 Most of January was spent watching our two Harriers, an adult female and a first winter male. Also good numbers of Bramblings and Crossbills with the later seen carrying nesting material and courtship feeding. My big dip locally was missing Calderdale’s 4th record of Bean Goose that DF found at Ringstone Edge on 20th, really thought I was in with a chance to get a Calderdale tick but not to be the bird flew off 10 minutes after I got the message. The only consolation was seeing the 4 White- fronted Geese at Ringstone a week later.