Friday, 24 March 2017

Adult Caspian Gull , 24.03.17

Another trip to Rufforth with Nick D produced 2 x 1st Winter Glaucous Gulls, 1 x 1st winter Iceland Gull and 4 possible Caspian Gulls, 3 x third winters and the above adult. Also 1000s more gulls, a Peregrine and 4 Buzzards.

Saturday, 18 March 2017


2  different singing grey wagtails , Kingfisher , Dipper , 2 Tufted Duck , 11 Goosander ,Red Grouse , Curlew and lapwing....Plenty herring Gulls heading west...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Winter turns to Spring

A quick visit to the Duddon Estuary area in Cumbria  produced my first Wheatear ,  2 singing Chiffchaff  , 2 Green Sandpiper , 135 Pale bellied Brent Geese , 34 Twite , 14 Whooper Swans , 400 Pink footed geese , 1 Tundra Bean Goose , 2 Stonechat  , Buzzards , Raven and Peregrine.
  57 Balck tailed Godwit , 10 Shovler and 4 Gadwall at Hellifield Flash ,

Sunday, 12 March 2017


This morning looked good for a Chiffchaff at least but after slogging round all the local fields and bits of wood in Northowram I had little to show for it. 2 Skylarks , 1 Herring Gull , 1 LBB Gull , 8 Common Gulls , 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 2 Buzzards , 1 Kestrel , 3 Song thrush , 1 green Woodpecker , 5 Linnets , and a few Goldfinch/////

Saturday, 11 March 2017


If you like Gulls then Rufforth tip near York is a treat. It can be very frustrating with 1000's of gulls all over the place ,  but they only settle down every now and then because the area is next to an airfield , a very busy road and gun shots going off all the time.
  But when they do settle down to loaf and preen a hole host of ages and species can be observed closely.In six hours Me and Nick D have found
Glaucous Gull x 3 first winters
Iceland Gull x 1 3rd winter /adult and a first winter
Caspian Gull 4 x 3rd Winter

 Yellow Legged Gull 1 x 3rd winter

Get your Gulls on.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Buzzards and first migrants

3 Sand Martins north on Tuesday 7th was early , also north 2 Curlew , 2 Skylarks and 5 herring Gulls.
The local Buzzards were active yesterday with a new male Buzzards turning up which caused a lot of chaos for a while , and then at 8.32 the local male and female were seen copulating ,great news
 Also around the village today lost of singing going on 3 Song Thrush , 2 Mistle Thrush , 10 Blackbirds , Goldcrest , Greenfinch , House Sparrow , Dunnock  and the garden Robin sang most of the day.............

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Eastern Black Redstart and Gulls galore

What a beauty the Eastern Black Redstart is , Rock Pipit , Fulmar ,Stonechat  and Meadow Pipits.Then off to Rufforth to see some Gulls , 2 Ist Winer and 1 Juv 1st winter Glaucose Gull , 1 3rd Winter Caspian Gull and plenty Herrings , BH , Commons , LBBGulls and GBBGulls

Friday, 3 March 2017

Nest Boxes

Put some nest boxes (thanks dave ) up this week , to try and get some breeding Tree Sparrows over the next couple of years,A  Raven headed N/w , a Grey Wag and 2 Skylarks north..

Monday, 27 February 2017

Snow Bunting Swales Moor

                                                      Barny 1 and  2
                                                  Distant Whoopers on Mixi.....

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Little Egrets

  On friday 17th Feb , I had 2 little Egrets in flooded fields between Silsden and Kegly....not a bad local record.
  Today the 23rd there were my first 3 Skylarks of the spring  in the local fields , along with displaying Stock Doves and 2 singing Mistle Thrush..100's of Gulls moving west 20 Herrings , 250 BH Gulls and 50 Commons....


Had a flock of 14 Greenfinch this week which is the most I have seen for a long time. 111 Pinks today heading west , which takes it to 808 from Northowram so far this year. Plenty Herring Gulls west , and a few flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares north....A Chiff chaff type was seen very briefly disapperaing  into next doors holly bush , it was not relocated.....(yet)......Tawny owls were very vocal the last few nights..

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..