Thursday, 27 December 2012
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Flushed a Woodcock at Roils Head today, also had 14 Herring Gulls flying south west at Heath Hill Road and just 1 Golden Plover at High Road Well Moor. Yesterday had 6 Goldies and 7 Lapwings here, 2 Red-legged Partridge still at Tower Hill and a Sparrowhawk over Roils Head.
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Todays walk produced a female Reed Bunting at Roils Head, the Little Owll still sat in the same place as the other day at Heath Hill Road, also a single Fieldfare at Heath Hill Road. 32 Golden Plovers, 38 Lapwing and a couple of hundered Starlings at High Road Well Moor.
Posted by heavy birder at 07:37
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Usual walk today produced 15 Golden Plovers over Roils Head, 50+ House Sparrows in one bush at the Norton Tower end of Roils Head also 6 or 7 Meadow Pipits there. A little Owl at Heath Hill Road was the first Ive seen in this area for a while. An adult Herring Gull flew south and at least 40 Common Gulls were in the fields at High Road Well Moor.
Monday, 19 November 2012
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
A nice surprise whilst I walked over Roils Head today was a flock off c20 Waxwings which flew south trilling as they went. 61 Lapwings at High Road Well Moor seemed to be mainly made up of first winter birds. Only other bird of note was a Sparrowhawk which put the fear of god into 2 Carrion Crows.
Posted by heavy birder at 09:25
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
SC dropped me off at a moorland site for a couple of hours today whilst he went off filming in another place. Sunny afternoon started off well with a pair of Stonechats which are always nice to see. These were followed by the odd looking Common Buzzard sat on a hill side and a female Kestrel sat on a telegraph pole. Another buzzard was seen in the distance and a female Merlin shot past me at close range and then headed down the valley. Finally the best at the last, a ringtail Hen Harrier was picked up flying low over the moors before gaining height and heading off into the distance. Also stack loads of Red Grouse, a few pheasants and a some Fieldfares kicking about.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:32
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Out on the moors with DJS today in poor conditions again. First bird of note was a Ringtail Hen Harrier which flew up the valley, this was followed by a Kestrel a Sparrowhawk and a Merlin which shot off down the valley. At about 3.15PM we picked up the strange looking Buzzard which bears some resemblance to a Rough-Leg but on close inspection we all came to the conclussion that its just a funny looking Common (still an interesting looking bird). Another or the same Ringtail Hen Harrier went down the valley whilst we were watching the buzzard, also had 50+ Fieldfare and the usual Grouse and Pheasants.
Posted by heavy birder at 11:57
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Posted by heavy birder at 10:38
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Posted by heavy birder at 11:14
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Monday, 1 October 2012
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Dont believe it, talk about lightning striking twice, spent the afternoon in awful conditions looking for the Yellow Browed Warbler at Ogden. After a complete soaking SC said thats it its not going to show now lets go. Half an hour after leaving BS finds the bird in the bushes I had just been looking in. Did have 1 Chiffchaff in with the tit flock and 2 Cormorants, White Crow nearby again.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:08
Saturday, 29 September 2012
News broke mid day of a Yellow-browed Warbler at Ogden so after numerous frantic calls I managed to get in touch with AZ. Ive seen loads of YBWs on the coast over the years but the chance to get one locally was too good to miss, unfortunatly thats just what happened!! A group of 6 of us serched for 3 hours with no luck so me and AZ left at 5.10PM. Had only been back home for 20 minutes when news came through the grape vine that the bird had been relocated and was showing well. Too late now to get anybody to go back so will have to hope the bird stays for a few more days at least? Did hear a Crossbill flying over, also 2 Cormorants, 2 LBBGs, 1 Common Gull and the White Carrion Crow nearby.
Sunday, 23 September 2012
After hearing about all the raptors the Bradford and Hudds birders had yesterday I had a walk up to my watch point with high hopes. Unfortunatly it was very windy and freezing cold so I only lasted a couple of hours. Birds seen 1 local Common Buzzard, 6 Sparrowhawks including one which tried to take a Swallow, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cormorants south, 1 Herring Gull, 3 LBBGs and 6 unidentified ducks. After tea a walk over Roils produced 50 Goldfinch and a couple of LBBGs. Also had a Great Spot at Mount Tabor earlier on.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:14
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Did things the wrong way round today should have gone to my watch point first instead did the walk over Roils Head. Did manage to find a Siskin in with the Goldfiches at Tower Hill, also had a Whinchat and a Wheatear at High Road Well Moor. Evening short visit to the watch point brough 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 LBBGs, 1 Grey Heron and a largish raptor sat on the moor, too far away to id.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:41
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Managed 1hour 10 mins at my watch point before the heavens opened up. The only birds of note were 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrels and 2 male Common Buzzards, the local male was seen sparring with this other male possibly a young bird reared locally or an intruding male.
Posted by heavy birder at 07:16
Saturday, 8 September 2012
2 hours 15 mins spent at my local watch point today was rewarded with my third Marsh Harrier of the autumn. A cream crown came off the moors and circled for some 20 minutes before heading off to the south. Other birds today were 1 Buzzard, 1 distant Peregrine, 4 Sparrowhawks, 4 Kestrels and 4 Ravens together. 2 Chiffchaffs still at Roils Head and lots of Swallows +1 Wheatear at Crimsworth Dean this evening.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:06
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
2 hours 15mins spent at my local watch point today produced the usual pair of Buzzards + 2 other sightings of separate birds, also 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 or 6 Kestrels and an unidentified small falcon probably a Merlin but not sure too far away. The most unusual sight was a Cormorant circling over the moors before flying south. Not much else, 3 LBBGs, 1 Common Gull and lots of House Martins and Swallows.
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Another visit to the Cold Edge area today was fairly productive with a nice Merlin sat on a rock out on the moor, other raptors present were 3 or 4 Kestrels, 1 or 2 Buzzards and a Peregrine picked up dashing around the moors. The only birds of note on the dams were 1 Tufted Duck and 1 Little Grebe.Passerines included 3 Stonechats, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear and several Meadow Pipits.
Posted by heavy birder at 09:33
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Friday, 31 August 2012
After the Friday Asda shop I did my usual walk over Roils Head, 6 Willow Warblers were in the tit flock but not much else happening so moved on to Tower Hill at Norton Tower where I found a Wheatear sat on a wall. Got the camera out and started to take a few shots but it began to rain so put the camera away and moved on. I had only gone a few yards when a bird came flying towards me, bins up to reveal a superb juvenile Hobby it flew amost directly over me then stooped at high speed into Luddenden Valley where it had a couple of goes at Swallows before moving on at speed towards Warley Village (camera in bag so sadly no photos).
Posted by heavy birder at 10:07
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Out with SC this evening at another moorland site and I picked up another cream crown Marsh Harrier flying down the valley and over the moors. Probably the same bird that PG had a few days ago but almost certainly a differnt bird from the one I had this afternnoon at Cold Edge. Also 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrels, 2 Whinchat 1 weasel and a wood mouse.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:33
Was going to sit on the bench at my local watch point today but changed my mind when I saw the weather. Instead I got the bus up to Wainstalls and walked to Cold Edge Dams. Why have I come here I thought, will probably just get 1 Black-headed Gull and some poxy Mallards. Looked on the first dam, 1 Black-headed Gull and a group of Mallards, spot on. Was just thinking to myself, how come Pete Grba goes up Walshaw Dean for the first time in years the other day and gets a Marsh Harrier, why does that never happen to meeeee (what’s that!!!) bins up, a Cream Crown MARSH HARRIER on the moor being mobbed by corvids, brilliant. Got the camera out and aimed at the harrier, the bird came into focus but then the camera just shut down. Oh no what’s going on, tried again but the same thing happened again so quickly changed the battery. By the time I had done this the bird had departed, still my 11th species of raptor in Calderdale this year made it a red letter day. Also had 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Grouse, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Wheatears, 1 Robin, 1 House Martin and a few swallows.
Posted by heavy birder at 08:46
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Had a walk up to my local watch point for a 2 and half hour stint today. Local pair of Buzzards seen on and off also 9 sightings of at least 4 Sparrowhawks, 6 or 7 Kestrels, 24 Swifts, 1 Lesser Black Back, 1 House Martin, lots of Swallows and a few Linnets.
Posted by heavy birder at 07:56
Monday, 27 August 2012
Sunday, 26 August 2012
Walk over Roils Head this pm produced 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers, 40 House Martins moving west, lots of Swallows and 2 Wheatears at High Road Well Moor. After the rain I had a walk up to the Mount Tabor watch point and hadnt been there long when DJS rang to say that BS had just had 4 Whimbrel at Swales Moor flying in my direction. Turned the bins round and viewed to the east and sure enough 4 waders with down curved bills came into view at a distance so couldnt get a good ID on them. They started to circle over the fields and one called briefly (sounded like a curlew to me) but not sure. BS is sure that at least one was a Whimbrel as he had heard the call. 3 birds were together but the other was some distance away so possibly 3 Whimbrel and 1 Curlew ????. Also had 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels, 1 Swift and an adult Great Black Backed Gull which is unusual for this time of year.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:21
Friday, 24 August 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Monday, 20 August 2012
Scarce lager raptors moving through Calderdale during the last 10 autumns.
Only recorded in August and September. First week of September seems to be the peak time for birds moving.
5th, 5th, 5th
16th and 17th
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Friday, 17 August 2012
Out with Roy last night, went looking for Andy Cs Black Redstart with no luck, infact we hardly saw any birds all evening so returned home and had another moth night instead. Nothing much today just one Lesser Black back at Mount Tabor, thats all.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:11
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Friday, 10 August 2012
Friday, 3 August 2012
Out with Roy this evening, first stop Ringstone but not much there so on to Jay House Lane to check out the Barn Owl box the lads put up in the winter. It had a bird in residence but sadly not a Barn Owl but a Stock Dove, also 2 Tree Sparrows near the feeders. On next to the original Barn Owl site but sadley nothing doing there either, did have 1 singing Yellowhammer though.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:57
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Out with DJS tonight at Ringstone Edge. There must have been somewhere in the region of 4000 gulls feeding in the fields, most were Black-headed with 100 Common and 30 or so Lesser Black Backs, there was also a large gull that we just couldnt get to grips with. We both thought there as to be a Med Gull in all that lot, but try as we might we just couldnt find one. Also present a very big Peregrine, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Sands, 2 Curlew, 2 Tufties and 2 Grey Herons.
Oh next day Dave returned in the afternoon and found an adult Med Gull
Oh next day Dave returned in the afternoon and found an adult Med Gull
Posted by heavy birder at 09:49
Sunday, 22 July 2012
After Ringstone Edge we went to Elland GP to join the moth men for a spot of mothing but had to leave at 11.30, still a good nights birding in July.
Posted by heavy birder at 06:00
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Out this evening with SC, after visiting a Badger set to check Steves cameras we finally did some birding. The Little Owl was on the same post it was on the previous night and the Short-eared Owl was carrying prey to either a nest or young on the moor. Best bird though was a superb Hobby that flew over us, I only got on to it because I saw its reflection in the reservoir water and just turned round in time to watch it speed over the moor. Other birds included the reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Greylags, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Kestrels, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Common Sands, 2 Curlews, 4 Stock Doves, 3 Grey Partridge and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Posted by heavy birder at 05:36
Posted by heavy birder at 05:26
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Out with SC this evening, first stop produced a Common Buzzard being mobbed by a small falcon, too distant to id, also had a pair of Grey Wagtails feeding young out of the nest. Up at Fly had a nice male Peregrine go over, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sands, 8 Greylags and 300- 500 Swifts hawking over the water.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:36
Friday, 13 July 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Special thanks go to birders Roy and Gordon for attending my dads funeral last friday, thanks guys it meant a lot to me.
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Friday, 1 June 2012
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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Posted by heavy birder at 05:06
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Out with DJS this evening checking another LEO site, unfortunatly without any luck, probably due to the fact that the land owner chopped down part of the nesting wood in March. Not much else apart from a drumming Snipe, Lapwing with chicks, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Hares and a Fox.
Posted by heavy birder at 09:12
Monday, 21 May 2012
Posted by heavy birder at 06:15