Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Local watch point today. 6 sightings of Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, rusty the Common Buzzard and an immature Peregrine which flew strait past me. Also of note 2 Herring Gulls along with a handfull of Lesser black backs, Curlew, Lapwing, 4 Swallows + the usual Stock Doves, Red Grouse, Woodpigeons, Pheasants etc. House Martin at Heath Hill Road and 2 male Bullfinch near home.
Posted by heavy birder at 13:06
Friday, 12 April 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Out with SC yesterday. A pair of Peregrines circling together was the highlight, also had 40+ Lapwing, 2 Oystercatchers, several Curlews, Red Grouse etc etc. Today dropped in on an old friend pictured above, unfortunatly I had left the digi scope camera at home so had to make do with the lumix down the scope.She was just finishing off her dinner when we arrived. A Short-eared Owl at another site was the first of the year for me.
Posted by heavy birder at 11:25
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Monday, 1 April 2013
Had a look for the reported Firecrest at EGP today with no luck, all the usual suspects were on the feeders at the car park. The best sight however was 6 Common Buzzards soaring together over Elland Park Wood. Later on had a blinking Little Owl at Heath Hill Road.
Posted by heavy birder at 12:11
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Detour around Calderdale with SC didnt produce much today. 1 Grey Wagtail at Walsden, a pair of Little Owls at Mankinholes, then up to Walshaw Dean 8 Oysertcatchers, 16 Lapwings displaying and a handfull of Curlews was about it. Yesterday we had 1 Yellowhammer at Bradley Hall Farm and a total of 10 Goosanders there and at Elland GP. Not mush else at Elland 2 Coot and lots of Long-tailed Tits.
Posted by heavy birder at 11:48
Monday, 4 March 2013
Got the bus up to local watch point this PM. Sparrowhawk mobbed by corvids on the way. Settled down for a couple of hours raptor watching, first a Sparrowhawk came out and started to display, did a very good immprestion of a Gos and had me going for a while. It finally ended its display by stooping at a passing Peregrine. The Peregrine then went off to hunt over the moors. Male Kestrel was the next to show followed by my first sighting this year at this site of a pair of Buzzards which started to talon grapple. The Sparrowhawk came out again and dashed behind the hillside puting up a few Magpies. Also in the area 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Red Grouse, 3 Mistle Thrushes. Had a stonking male Bullfinch near home when got off the bus.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:30
Sunday, 3 March 2013
Went to Gorple today with DJS for the reported Water Pipit. Very flighty and very odd looking bird, didnt think it was one at first but better views and heard calling in flight later on had us both convinced it was one. The lack of obvious wing bars was puzzling but as MH pointed out that it was probably moulting prior to migration made sence. Also 1 Peregrine, 21 Golden Plovers, 20 Curlews, 3 Oystercatchers, 30+ Lapwing, 2 Red Grouse, 1 Dipper, 1 Common Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush and lots of Canada Geese.
Posted by heavy birder at 12:23
Todmorden Station mid-night left to right. Andy(5 basses)Smith, Mr Bink, Dave Junior(drums),Heavy Birder (Bass and guitar)Niggle(python guru), LA, Mark (Bass)and Paul (Ive got a Strat and a Gibson Les Paul) Turner.Brother Phil took the picture.Just about recovered from a rare great night out.
Posted by heavy birder at 12:22
Friday, 1 March 2013
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Inspired by yesterdays handfull of raptors I returned to the site with scope and tripod today. Not much doing though, only had rusty the local Common Buzzard and 10 Stock Doves. Had to wait 2 hours before the next raptors came along in the form of two Peregrines which set upon rusty and gave him a good kicking. 13 Lapwings and 6 Mistle Thrushes in nearby fields.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Had a walk up to a local watch point today in the hope of some raptors. Didnt take long before a Kestrel appeared followed by the local male Buzzard. A Peregrine then came down the valley and a distant accipiter got me going for a while but just couldnt clinch id, too distant.A Raven was a nice surprise as it flew up the valley calling, 24 Lapwings in the fields and lots of Mistle Thrushes kicking about. 1 or 2 Green Woodpeckers in the valley as well as lots of Green and Gold Finches. Also had a very distant flock of probable geese moving east.
Posted by heavy birder at 10:26
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Monday, 18 February 2013
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Friday, 1 February 2013
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Posted by heavy birder at 09:16
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Friday, 25 January 2013
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Monday, 14 January 2013
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Todays stroll over Roils Head, broght 1 Red-legged Partridge at Tower Hill, 1 Herring Gull south west and 8 Great Black backs north at Heath Hill Road. 25 Golden Plovers were at High Road Well Moor and a nice flock of winter thrushes there also mainly Redwings with a few Fieldfares and 2 Mistle Thrushes.
Posted by heavy birder at 08:44
Friday, 11 January 2013
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Lots of Pink feet moving through Calderdale today, so went up Roils Head and had two flocks go over, one of 200 - 300 birds and another of 104+ birds (for some reason I can not post pictures on the blog today,, blog problem?). Also lots of finches at Roils Head, mainly Gold Green and Chaffinches, also had first Kestrel of the year and bumped into Muxy and family.
Posted by heavy birder at 12:36
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Year started off not bad with a small movement of large gulls passing west over Roils Head, 12 Herring and 3 Great Black backs. Message came through from DJS of a skien of pinkies heading my way and after a brief wait I managed to pick up 67 struggling to move slowly north west. First Sparrowhawk of the year was dashing about at Heath Hill Road and a Meadow Pipit was sheltering at Tower Hill.
Posted by heavy birder at 08:07