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.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:55
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
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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.
Posted by heavy birder at 11:24
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