Sunday, 31 July 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Posted by heavy birder at 14:28
Out with DJS this evening. 57 LBBGs and 3 Redshank at Fly Flats. On to the next site, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Oystercatchers, Tawny Owl, Common Buzzard and 2 Owls sparring at dusk (probably shorties). No sign of last nights bird which I believed to be a Nightjar, if its not seen again I will have to let it go.
Posted by heavy birder at 04:22
Friday, 29 July 2011
Out with SC in the evening, first stop Fly Flats briefly, 160 LBBGs roosting and 1 Oystercatcher present. Then on to another site, Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Grey Partridge, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrels, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 1 Tawny Owl calling and a Woodcock. We were just about to leave at 21.40 when I noticed a bird out of the corner of my eye flying away from us and over the trees, we only saw it for a matter of 4 or 5 seconds but I am fairly sure it was a Nightjar. It appeared all dark with long wings and a fairly longish tail, there were no signs of any white wing or tail markings. The only other possiblity would be juvenile Cuckoo, but it looked the wrong shape for Cuckoo, not showing such narrow very pointed wing tips and not showing such a long fan shaped tail. The last Calderdale records 19 years ago were in the exact same place. Funny me and DJS have looked for Nightjar on three occasions lately and not had any.
Posted by heavy birder at 08:09
Thursday, 28 July 2011
A trip out of Calderdale today with an old friend Terry. First stop was Weardley for Red Kites. Birds were further away today and the overcast conditions were not good for taking photos however we did manage seven birds. Next stop Blacktoft Sands for high tide. Marsh Sandpiper still here + lots of other waders, 4 Avocets with 2 chicks, Lapwings, Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sand, Ruff, 1 Curlew, 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, c 20 Spotted Reds, 4 Greenshanks, 7 Green Sands, 3 Snipe, other birds of note, 7 Little Egrets, 1 Spoonbill not asleep, 7 Marsh Harriers, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Bearded Tits.
Posted by heavy birder at 05:50
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
Posted by heavy birder at 04:10
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Posted by heavy birder at 10:40
Friday, 22 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Went to Blacktoft Sands this PM with Roy, it was great to get out of Calderdale for a change. We first went looking for the Marsh Sandpiper only to be told it had just flown off 2 minutes earlier. 20 minutes later I found it in with a group of 18 Spotted Redshanks and 100s Black-tailed Godwits (a lifer for Roy) and only the 5th one Ive seen in this country. As well as the spot reds and godwits other waders present were Ruff, Avocets, Lapwings, 2 Dunlin, Redshank, 6 Green Sands and 1 Snipe. 2 Bearded Tits were found at the reed bases along with Sedge, Reed Warblers and 4 Yellow Wagtails. 6 Little Egrets were present and the 2 Spoonbills were asleep as they usually are. The highlight for me however were the views of Marsh Harriers imparticular a juvenile which showed really well.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:45
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
2 Kestrels were mobbing one Buzzard, then alarm calls from Swallows drew my attention to a hunting male Spar. Finally on my way to get the bus more alarm calls from Swallows and a Hobby flashed past at break neck speed, good afternoons birding.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:47
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Posted by heavy birder at 12:12
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Friday, 15 July 2011
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Posted by heavy birder at 05:25