Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Shibden Head circular walk

Just getting ready in the back garden to go for a walk to Shibden and a wader call was herd , then again very close just over the house, I did not see it but Julia did.  I was sure it was a Grey Plover on call alone ,  listening to calls on tinterweb could not put it down to anything else.
   Then off to Shibden Head via Shelf trailer park , 40 + Lapwings in the fieldl and up to 20 Gulls  on the way to Shibden Head , 10 LBBGulls , 2 Common and 8 BHgulls , might be worth keeping an eye on this. The sky was full of House Martins all over Shibden Valley at least 70 +  , a flock of Blue and Long tailed tits held 2 Willow Warblers,.Bare head tunnel had 2 Herald moths but no Tissue moths which was the target.
 Jay , Great Spotted  and Green Woodpeckers and 1 male Kestrel......

Monday, 21 August 2017

Devon Carpet

Great to catch up with Devon Carpet at the Craggs on Sat 19th 2017 (photo D Sut)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Northowram Gulls

Had 110 BHGulls , 4 Common Gulls adults and 2juvs , 5 LBBGulls and 1 Juv , 1 adult and 2 Juv Herring Gulls in the horse fields. 20 Goldfinch , 1 Whitethroat , and 2 adult calling Buzzards ...30 Lapwing back on Shelf moor.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Ben Nevis

Hell of a walk up Ben Nevis , going up the tourist route , 10.7 miles taking 8 hours......

Sunday, 6 August 2017


                                                            Catoptria  margaritella
                                                                 Dotted Carpet
                                                       Garden Tiger in the garden
                                     Good to get Scotch Argus along the Caladonian Canal (UK species 54 )
                                                                Scottish Grayling 'atlantica'

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Recent bits

                                                   Gold Spangle
                                                     Brown Hawker
                                                Old lady

Monday, 24 July 2017

Gulls ID

A brilliant pic from Sweden ,,,,for all you gull freaks............

Friday, 21 July 2017

Red Kite

Had a very lucky Red Kite on the 20th at Jay House lane , I had been there at lunch time looking for Med Gulls with no luck and then I had to drop my lad off at Golf just up the road and just as I drove along jay house lane one flew low south..☺☺☺Also had my first Buzzard over the local wood for a few weeks which is a good sign..................

Monday, 17 July 2017

Scarce Silver Y and White Satin

                   The good run of new moths continues with these two beautys ............SSY on the 16th and 19th and White Satin on the 19th.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sabine's Gull

 Went to Nosterfield CP with Nick D to catch up with this beauty , also present breeding Avocet , 3 Black tailed Godwit , 100 + Curlew / Lapwing  , LRP , RP , Common Sand , 2 Common Tern , Redshank and Brimstone butterfly...... (picks by NCD above and Glyn  Sellors below thanks guys)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Varied Coronet x 2

This was a smart moth from last nightand another first for me here  , also on the garage wall were 6 Swallow -tailed Moths.

Sunday, 9 July 2017


                                                        Marbled White and Burnet
                                                                 Juv Kitiwake
                                                                Balck tailed Skimmers

Sunday, 2 July 2017

House Sparrows

An excellent year for House Sparrows with a flock of 25 (mainly juvs ) on a bird table behind our house and up to 15 in and around Hedge top lane.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Last week of June early July 2017

                                                   Common Emerald
                                                                   Clay -triple Lines

Four  new moths for Northowram recently with  Beautiful Hook Tip , Clay triple lines , Common Emerald and Pine Carpet , nice to have a bit of time at home. Also very good news from the Mull moth recorder confirming that the Catoptria furcatellus was the first confirmed record for Mull....One old record is mentioned but with no details................
Beautiful Hook Tip
Pine Carpet

Sunday, 25 June 2017


                                          Catoptria furcatellus This species is on the VC 103 list but the record is very old and no details ,so this record is the first photo record for Mull ....Nice one
                                                      Golden Plover at 2500 ft
                                                      Four Spotted Chaser
                                                  Small Pearl Bordered  Fritillary
                                                   The highlands from Mull

                                                            Whinchat just out of the nest
                                                                   Argent and Sable
Watched an Adult White tailed Sea Eagle at the nest site ripping a fish up and then taking it to feed young..... and Hen Harriers nesting by the roadside.......different world with a whole industry dedicated to watching Eagles , otters and wildlife....................Satyr Pug  and  Dotted Buff .

Friday, 16 June 2017

Duddon, Cumbria

Found this Oystercatcher nesting on the railway track ,3 eggs( last year it was in the same place 27th May 2016 and only 2 eggs) and this young carrion crow was ripped up by an adult male Peregrine..Loads of Little Egrets and breeding Goosander.