Wednesday, 18 January 2017


6 Little Egrets seen from the car stuck at  traffic lights near Millom South Cumbria....!!!!!
Also Jack Snipe , Green Sandpiper , Greenhank  , 950 Pink footed geese in 6 skiens high N/W .

Sunday, 8 January 2017


Nuthatch , GS Woodpecker , Jay ,Cole tit , Grey Wagtail , Buzzards , Kestrel , Fieldfare , Redwing , Mistle Thrush

Friday, 6 January 2017

Brighouse is the place to be...............

60 Waxwings at lane head ,50 Brambling, 2 grey Wagtail  at Wellhome Park , 100 Golden Plover ,300 Lapwing and 500 Starlings at Balif Bridge....

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A few birds to start the year......

Started with a female Sparrowhawk hunting House Sparrows in and around the Cricket pitch and a few Common and Black heads kicking about . 60 Waxwings and 50 + Redwing , House Sparrows an Blue / Long tailed  tits  at lane Head  Brighouse . On to Jay house lane where there were 5 Teal and 20+ Mallard but no green Sand,..No Tree Sparrows around but it was very windy, Redwings seemed to be in every bush today .
   300 Lapwing , 47 Golden Plover and 500 Starlings at the top of Bailif Bridge .A flock of 18 Linnets and 1 Buzzard in the field at home . Mute Swan , Coot and Moorhen at Shibden and a Bullfinch and Siskin in Cunnery Wood.. 2 Goldeneye and 16 Cormorant at EGP. A cracking male Widgeon at Ringstone with 60 Canands and 10 Snipe also. 25 Reed Bunting at Norland Moor and a Little Owl.


Sunday, 1 January 2017

X - mas hols

                                                     Inglebrough 01.01.17...very cold on top -----
                                              Pen y Gent 27.12.16.....
                                                       Norland Moor 31.12.16

Thursday, 29 December 2016

More Pinks , Waxwings and a Redwing

With a good move of Pinks over Calderdale yesterday I added another 315 +131 to  the year total. Which now stands at 2687 and a massive 11100(aprox) since 2003..not bad for the Pennines also with a few Whoopers this year which makes a  total of 402 another interesting total for an inland location.
   With Waxwings being reported widely I had a look down at Lane head Brighouse and 8 soon came into view. I left and returned a bit later and was struck by a dark Redwing which immediately made me think it was one of the dark Islandic types.I got good views and was pretty sure it was one. Unfortunately I did not get the under tail coverts in enough detail , so i will have to go back and have another look tomorrow . 13 Waxwings over the House and 18 Lapwings made for a good couple of days.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Scarbrough Harbour

This morning we made a dash for fish and chips and a walk on the beach  , both were excellent .But also Red -throated Diver , couple of Long tailed Ducks , a very smart Black necked Grebe , Turnstones , Cormorant and a couple of distant  Common Scoter...they have it easy these east  coast birders.............

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Black Combe

Had a walk over Black Combe last weekend, Flushed some 70 + Snipe from the flooded areas , 1 Jack Snipe , 3 Ravens , 20 Fieldfare , 1 Peregrine and 1 Meadow Pipit.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Raven display

 I was lucky yesterday to come across a pair of Ravens in full flight display and calling .I have seen them before tumbling and twisting in the sky and then falling earthwards calling all the time but yesterday  I was amazed just how many voacl voices they have , not only the ' cronk cronks '  and ripples but a whole range of Oriole and almost Capercaillie like noises. This is there spring as the rest of us get ready for winter .
  Also in the same general area a Peregrine Falcon was ripping a Teal to pieces and just down stream there was a dead sheep stuck in the mud and 2 Great backed backed Gulls , 2 Buzzards and 3 Ravens were taking turns to feed.
  Also recently a Great White Egret , Woodcock , Green Sandpiper , Greenshank and Whooper Swan.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Cumbrian stone Circles

                                                   Sunkenkirk below Black Combe
                                                Long Meg and her daughters
                                           Giants graveyard and Black combe in the background

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Early November Vis - mig

My favourite time for Vis -  mig , plenty of Woodpigeon moving but more to the east than usual with 5373 the high count so far. Pink footed Geese (1662 ) have moved east but again way to the south and distant viewing with the scope essential. Small numbers of  jay , Redwing , Fieldfare , Chaffinch and a high flying flock of 9 Magpies. 3 Whoopers south , 1 Skylark south and a few Mipits still heading south..

Friday, 30 September 2016

MIpit Madness 1780 ( aprox) in 3 hours

From 7.15 to 10.15 the skies were alive with Meadow Pipits , there were small groups on the cricket pitch , on the fences on the walls and as I walked through the fields they were popping up and flying south calling loudly. I have long awaited a big Mipit day as I have read about them many times . At one point I reckoned on 15 per minute for an hour ..they were every where. Also a Wheatear , Pied Wags , 6 + 23 lapwing , 1 Snipe  , 4 Redpoll , 100 + Goldfinch ,  Linnets and 7 Swallows might have been the last here. Mistle Thrush , Song thrush and one Bullfinch high north  made for a hectic morning......Pinks and Redwings next , Fieldfare and Starlings then Woodpigs and Whoopers  ...and who knows what else...

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Lakes , Barrow in furness area 22nd - 24th

18 Geenshank ( 14 together ) , 25 Black tailed , 5 Bar tailed Godwits , 25 Snipe , 1 Curlew Sandpiper , Otter again , 2 Common Tern , 2 Red throated Diver , 41 (yes 41 ) Little Egret . 45 Pink Footed Geese high south , 3 Grey Plover , 350 Golden Plover . 300 Widgeon , 200  + Teal , 500 + Redshank , 700 + Curlew , Watched a Peregrine take a female Pintail , 100's of Oyks , Shelduck and Eider//////////////

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Little Owl puzzle..???

In 2010 my local little Owls deserted , when the barn they nested in collapsed .I have not seen them in Northowram since.?? They nest at Shelf , and in the Coley area. The puzzling thing is for the last 3 Septembers I have found Little owl feathers on the Cricket pitch I can only assume that one Owl must come to the cricket pitch at this time of year to feed.?????
Note ~~~~ on the 3.10.16 I found a dead Little Owl on the road down to Copley....

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Wheatear....and distant Buzzard

One Wheatear on the cricket pitch today was a first actually on the pitch that I remember seeing . Plenty in the fields before. Meadow Pipits (20+ ) , Swallows(200+) and House Martins(15 +) on the move this week  .Also  up to four  Buzzards about .  A call from Bri alerting me to a   Honey Buzzard heading my way was too good to miss. After about 15 minutes a Buzzard sp flew high over the house it looked to have a long neck but unfortunately it could have just as easy been a Common Buzzard .Also it looked to have flat wings and was being mobbed by Swallows , but it could have been a territorial Common Buzzard so will have to let that one go..

Tuesday, 6 September 2016


Widgeon    11
Lapwing   176
Golden Plover   2
Great Crested Grebe 1
Cormorant    3
Snipe  4
Common Gull 1
BHGull       200 +
Mallard           4

Saturday, 3 September 2016

First Meadow Pipits on the move

A flock of 14 Meadow pipit  on the cricket pitch this morning were the first here this autumn with 12 Pied wags , 250 + Goldfinch ,9 Linnet , 2 Greenfinch , 18 Starlings  and 1 singing Chiffchaff  .

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Lesvos 2001

Norland 30th August

3 Little Owl ( 1 ad and 2 juv) , a good sized flock of meadow Pipit (120+) on the ground . Loads of Swallows feeding over the moor (50+) BH Gulls 16 and 2 Common Gulls in the field next to the path and a couple of Skylarks...fantastic views all round from the top...

Lakes Ravenglass / barrow / Carisle areas (early August)

Lakes produced  350 Redshank , 170 + Ringed Plover , 4 Whimbrel , 11 Greenshank ,10 Black tailed Godwit , Knot ,  Green and Common Sands ,Curlew (1 flock of 250)  Merlin , Little Egrets , Sandwich Tern , Turnstone ,

Friday, 26 August 2016


Adult female with 2 young uns......

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Another one from the note book.........

Redstart Garden tick....................

Looked out of the window and there was flash of a red tail  a juv Redstart flew into the pear tree...just enough time to get a good look at it and then it was gone....1 Whitethroat .2 Chiffs , 3Willow Warbler and 1 Goldcrest in the tall hedge 30 Goldfinch and 10 linnets around the cricket pitches......

Friday, 12 August 2016

Friday 12th...

A juv female Peregrine and a tatty adult Buzzard ( both outer tail feathers missing) over shelf roundabout at 2 ish , 3 Willow Warblers , 2 Whitethroat , 2 House martin , 2 Swift and 40 + Swallows in the fields........

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Northowram fields 9th August

1 Spotted Flycatcher
7 Willow Warbler
1 Chiffchaff
1 Whitethroat
25 Swift  / south
1 GBBGull   west
15 LBBGull  west

France 2016

Cirl Bunting and Serin  (very Common) , Monty's harrier , Black Kite , Black Reds breeding , Cory's ,Sooty and Manx Shearwaters , Melodious and Dartford Warblers . Lesser Pecker and Turtle Dove calling most mornings in the garden . Kingfisher ,Spoonbill , Cattle Egret and a flock of 138 Black - tailed Godwit  over the house.  Pine Marten on the roof of the House , Coypu in local ponds with Cetties , Fan - tailed ,Great Reed Warblers and Black Necked Grebes ( 16 ) ,
   25 species of Butterfly in and around the Garden included , Lullworth Skipper , Mazarine Blue  ,Wood White , Silver Washed and Glanville Fritillary ,
And no need for a moth trap when all you have to do is leave the outside light on overnight 100 + species...The Passenger , Satin Wave ,Leopard moth , Waved Umber ,Scarce Hook tip , Gurnsey Underwing ,Dingy Mocca  and Lappet.....

Northowram Cricket Pitch (8th)

3 Pied Wagtail , 1 Whitethroat , 3 Swift (south) ,30 Golfinch  on thistles , 2 Herring Gull and 4 LBB gulls.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

August 8th 2016

3 Buzzards ( 2 ad and 1 juv)
1 Peregrine (adult male)
1 Sparrowhawk ( female)
100 + Swallow south all day
 40 + Swift south all day

From the Note book Canada 1996...

Thursday, 21 July 2016


Large numbers of Curlew on the estuaries are starting to build up with 2 different flocks of 500 + seen. Oystercatcher also in good numbers 300 and 200.A flock of 9 Greenshank , adult Med Gull , Yellow Wagtail and the first juvenile Little Egrets have been seen . Redshank , Dunlin ,Common Sandpiper , Ringed Plover  , Whimbrel , and lapwing are filling up the estuaries at low tide. Little ,Sandwich and Common Terns were seen at Hodbarrow along with another 2 + 1 Greenshank.
Nice to see Grayling and Gatekeeper here. Also nice to see another Otter feeding on crabs and fish near Ravenglass  watched for about 40 minutes .

On the 16th July I had 4 Common Terns NNW over the house ,which is the third tern species from the garden   ,,,