Juv Female Goshawk in flight and Hen Harrier by D Franz.
2015 in brief
Only had 5 trips outside Calderdale in 2015, highlights were 2 Iceland Gulls and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls at Anglers on 25th January, Lesser Scaup with Roy at Wintersett on 4th May and American Wigeon at Old Moor on 5th July which was a Yorkshire tick for me.
Locally most of the year was taken up monitoring Long- eared and Short- eared Owls in the breeding season and watching Hen Harriers the rest of the year. The owls had the best year ever with 13 pairs of Leos and 12 pairs of Shorties breeding. Other goodies included Great Grey Shrike at Scammonden, Dotterels above Todmorden, Black Redstart at Walshaw Dean and a monster Gos at another location.