Tuesday, 7 February 2017


324 Jackdaws  went over Northowram today between  4.45 and 5.00 ( one had a white rump like a Wheatear ) to Roost.  . Two Tawny owls were very vocal in the woods tonight and a distant calling Green Woodpecker went to roost.Pink Footed geese on the move n/w as well on Sunday morning

Saturday, 4 February 2017


 The local Buzzards have been very busy this week.. When the sun has been out 2 / 3 have been up displaying and re - claiming there territory . At 7,30 on Friday morning I could here them calling from the local wood  and by 8.00 there were 2 Buzzards in full display , talon grappling , aerial stooping and close level flights through the upper branches of the local wood.
Sparrowhawks have been up soaring but no displays have been seen yet. 7 Stock Doves and plenty of thrushes still about..

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Twitching Dusky Thrush...

Well its a very long time since i twitched owt,,, But went to have a look for the Dusky Thrush in Beeley today , when we got there a few birders said it had not been seen since Sunday morning so we had a good look through the Redwings ,Blackbirds and Song Thrush s  and after  10 mins  Nick D (with new mega scope) picked it up feeding in the open fields.Watched it for 20 mins feeding and scurrying on the ground,Then id disappeared and was not seen again......A very smart Thrush..well worth having a look if you get the time.....
Now i always say Im not a twitcher but I have seen over the years ,Bee -eater , Snowy Egret , King Eider, Eastern and Western  sub -alpine Warbler , Redhead , Lesser Scaup ,  Black -faced Bunting ,Dark eyed Junco , White throated Sparrow, Laughing Gull , Black winged Pratincole , Black Duck ,Wilsons Storm Petrel , American Robin , Black throated Thrush , Citrine Wagtail , Bairds Sandpiper , Least Sandpiper , Great Spotted Cuckoo (spurn) Little Bunting ,Green Heron and many more....LOL

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Last few days

3 Buzzards enjoying the sun today  , 2 Sparrowhawks and a KIestrel. Plenty Greenfinch  and  Goldfinch around and 14 Brambling flew north on Friday. Mistle Thrush have been singing down the valley and Redwing and Fieldfares have been feeding in the fields. The Jackdaw over the house going to roost has been about  218 and a flock of 800+ Starlings also going to roost heading for Brighouse mid week. Loads of small gulls on the move this week all west with 1 GBBgull , 6 LBBgull and a few Herrings. A small flock of 5 duck sp went past and I was unable to get a decent id ...I know they wernt Mallard or Teal ,,,,,,

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.....