Sedge Warbler digi scoped.
Friday, 27 May 2011
Old Moor let me and Roy down again by not holding on to the Least Sandpiper over night. Anyway Ive seen one before in Yorkshire at Blacktoft in 1999 but it would have been a lifer for Roy. We went to Blacktoft in stead but before we got there I picked out a Honey Buzzard flying along side the M62 between juntion 35 and 36 heading south west at 11.25AM, unfortunatly for Roy it was on my side of the car and he couldnt see it (another lifer for Roy gone). Blacktoft started slowly with few waders about apart from the usual Avocets and the odd Greenshank, 26 Black-tailed Godwits flew in later on. A Water Rail and Yellow Wagtail were found at Marshlands and Marsh Harriers were seen food passing on 4 occasions and a female was seen to kill a young coot and carry it off. A Common Gull was an unusual find at this time of year and Sedge Warblers were singing and showing well. We were running out of time and we still hadn't seen the reported pair of Garganey, with only 15 minutes left before we had to go we found them out side first hide and watched them for 10 minutes before they flew off. A great afternoons birding and good to get out of Calderdale for a change. Photos to follow later.
Posted by heavy birder at 11:46
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Had a couple of hours out with SC this evening, went looking for DJSs Redstart but no luck. I did however have a Spotted Flycatcher which was a year tick for me. Other birds included Peregrine, Buzzard, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, BHG, Great Spotted Woodpecker and the usual moorland species.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:57
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Sanderling at Fly Flats.
Posted by heavy birder at 07:45
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Braved the weather conditions and went back to Fly Flats this PM, got a right soaking but still managed 2 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 15 Ringed and 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sands, 1 Oystercatcher, 6 Redshank, 4 Curlew and a single Snipe. Thanks to AC for the lift home.
Posted by heavy birder at 07:35
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Knot at Fly Flats, Warley Moor Reservoir.
Sanderlings at Fly Flats today.
Went to Fly Flats this PM and met up with NR and later PJWS, another good wader day with 7 Sanderlings, 1 Knot, 13+ Dunlin, 10+ Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6+Redshanks, 3 Oystercatchers, 5Common Sands, Curlew, 1 LBBG, 2 Wheatear and 2 Red Grouse.
After a late tea had the Blackcap singing at Roils Head again.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:21
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Posted by heavy birder at 10:36
Monday, 16 May 2011
Du du du du du du du der, du du du du du du du dud der. Spent the last few days trying to photograph Jackdaws after recent events but the worst hey fever ever ever kept me inside most of the weekend. What to do then, picked out Black Sabbaths Sabotage album and was reminded of what a great track Symptom of the Universe is, the lyrics dont make much sence but who cares, Ozzy sounds great and Tony Iomi's riff is heavier than a Brontosaurus. Picked up the six string and worked out most of the main track but then it changes into some weird spannish classical ending, Great stuff.
Posted by heavy birder at 08:59
Friday, 13 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Walked to Cold Edge then on up to Fly Flats this evening, got a soaking. Fly Flats 4 Redshank, 3 Oystercatchers, 5 Common Sands, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel, 2 Golden Plovers near the Windfarm. Oystercatcher at Cold Edge Road. Cold Edge Dams 1 Grasshopper Warbler further up the hill than the 3 last week, 3 Goosander, 7 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpier, 1 Snipe and 2 Wheatears. Met Howard who kindly gave me a lift home.
Posted by heavy birder at 12:57
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
Common Crane and Spotted Redshank to right.
Red Kites at Weardly.
A day out of Calderdale with Roy. First stop was going to be Old Moor for the Stone Curlew but it had left over night so we visited Fairburn Ings for the Common Crane instead. The good run of waders continued with a superb summer plumaged Spotted Redshank feeding at the Cranes feet. We then moved on to the Red Kite spot for Roy to try out his camera and practise different settings. Unfortunatly the lighting conditions were poor and we both had to over expose just to bring out any colour on the birds, still managed a few not bad ones out of 300. 3 Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk were also present and a Peregrine was seen at our last stop, Swillington Ings but not much else.
Posted by heavy birder at 11:37
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Bar-tailed Godwit at Fly Flats.
Went back to Cold Edge this PM and met up with Dave and Jen. 2 Grasshopper warblers reeling and showing briefly. Dave then found a male Whinchat which put me on 99 for Calderdale for the year. I decided to walk to Fly Flats with them in the hope of finding a few waders with the water level being low. Had a Buzzard and Raven and an odd Rook over the reservoir then saw Dave Barker in the distance waving us over, on reaching him he pointed to the far shore and said Bar-tailed Godwit. A stunning summer plumage bird and 100 for the Calderdale year list. On scoping the shore we soon picked up a winter plumaged Sanderling, another good bird for Calderdale and 101 for the year list. In all we recorded 11 species of wader at Cold Edge and Fly Flats, a good afternoons birding in Halifax.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:35
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Somewhere in here there's a Grasshopper Warbler.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:30
Back to Cold Edge this PM. 3 Grasshopper Warblers reeling, is the most Ive every had here, actually saw one briefly fly low over the juncus. Waders present included 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpier and 2 Lapwing. 2 Wheatears, 6 Linnets and 4 Reed Buntings and a male Kestrel.
Posted by heavy birder at 09:33