Sunday, 30 September 2007

Highlights - September Moths

3 Autumunal Rustic
3 Lunar Underwing
15 Black rustic
2 Angle Shades
2 Silver Y
1 Spruce Carpet
5 Large Yellow Underwing
2 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Red line quaker
2 Blairs shoulder knot
2 Pale pinion
1 Copper underwing
1 Canary Shouldered Thorn

Looking for a Gannet

Feeling quite confident one was going to fly over the area as they seem to everywhere ele,I have been keeping an eye on the sky all weekend.Not a sniff surprisingly.Optomistic fool !!!!!!!
17 swallows south
22 Pink Footed Goose(west)
34 Golden Plover(west)
5 Skylarks
2 Little Owl
1 Very dark LBBGull
33 BH Gull
3 Common Gull
47 Meadow Pipit s/w
12 Siskin
20 Goldfinch
37 Redwing west/s/west
1 Sprwk
8 Pied wagtail
3 Jays (on the move)
1 wader went over and called once at 3.00 this afternoon(poss green sand)

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Walk to school

172 redwing w/s/w
11 Goldfinch
32 Meadow pipit s/w
1 pink -footed goose North
9 pied wagtails
29 house Sparrow
12 BH Gull

Monday, 24 September 2007

Northowram today

3 House martins s/w
10 Swallows
35 Meadow Pipit s/w
1 Angle shades
2 large Yellow Underwing
1 garden carpet
1 Grey pine Carpet
Thats it

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Great Northern Diver

Well,well, there i was counting Golden Plover in Linconshire and i get a text.GNDiver at ringstone do i-
1.Drive straight to Ringstone and the return to count (4hour trip)
2.Carry on counting GP and hope its there tomorrow.
Having dipped on the avocet,I decide it wont stay long and carry on counting.ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh(just call me Dipper)
So i get up on Saturday 4.55 drive to Ringstone for first light 6.40.
And thankfully its there,low mist over a still(pond like)Ringstone and the evoctive call of the diver echoing round the res.I watched it for 31 minutes before it flew off westnever to be seen again.It really was fantastic .A continuous stream of Mipits overhead (400 +) a classic Greeland Wheatear and a couple of siskin made the early start worthwhile.I then had to work till 22.30 Cheffing.(knackered)I hope you dont mind Sean nicked your photo of birders blogg.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Things in the garage today

Wasp Nest,sectaceous Hebrew Character and 2Brown Spot Pinion

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Soil Hill

2 Grey partridge
8 Skylark
60+ Linnet
30 Mipit
1 Common Gull (north)
10 Goldfinch
1 female Sprwk mobbing Juv Kestrel for 5 mins.
7 Stock dove
12 Woodpigs

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Pontefract today

1 Yellow wagtail
1 Stonechat
30 Yellowhammer
237 Linnet
3 Corn Bunting
20 Skylark
1 reed Bunting
30 Goldfinch

Autumn Colour

A splash of colour with Autumunal Rustic and Red Admiral

Sunday, 9 September 2007


2500 Golden Plover
1 Hobby Juv
5 Marsh harrier
2 Buzzard
3 Merlin
2 Little egret
52 tree sparrow(1 flock nice to see)
1 Green sand
50 + yellow wag(1 flock of 20)

Canary Shouldered Thorn

Just Brilliant.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Soil Hill

1 Mistle Thrush
1 wheatear
6 Grey partridge
25 Goldfich
1 LBBGull North
7 meadow pipit
2 stock Dove

Vis 8.00 - 9.30

Low cloud and drizzle.
1 Willow warbler in garden
6 Meadow Pipit s/w
6 House Martin s/w
30 swallow s/w

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

More Butts,no Birds

This morning i had 5 Goldcrest in the garden, amazing for here,I felt sure today would bring me a Black redstart after a two hour slog and only one willow warbler + usuall stuff it was back to the Butterfly patch.2 Painted lady,2 wall Brown,10 small Copper,30+ speckled wood,2 Red Admiral 8 Peacocks and a White type.

Monday, 3 September 2007

First day in Calderdale for ages-

Northowram-6,30 - 7.30
3 Common Gull North
3 Cormorant west
1 LBBGull west
25 House Sparrows (in garden)
10 Swallows s/w

1 Black Redstart...Soil Hill(nice one Nigel.K)its my first since 1993

30 Lapwing
8 mallard
1 Teal
1 GC Grebe

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Vis 8.00 - 9.30(then heavy rain)

37 Swallows west
2 House martin west
6 Meadow Pipit s/w
2 Skylark south
6 Stock Dove (bloggers)
10 Bh Gull s/w
6 Goldfinch

Copper Underwing

First Copper underwing last night,identified by pale palps.

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Wales 2

A sunny week with loads of these two about,Also 20+ Red Kites,40+ Buzzard,30+ Little Egrets,1 Dartford Warbler,Cetti's Warbler,Chough,Rock Pipits and usuall Gannets,Ravens etc


Black Arches and Square Spot Dart.(Top moffing)

What a week to go away(not)

Well after missing the Avocet,I should have known that going to Wales was bad timing.The first invasion of Great Brocade in Calderdale since 1964 was this week as well as the first Yellow Barred Brindle.Black redstarts,Osprey(over Southowram) ,Pintails,yellow wags ,Spotted Flys etc,O well it could have been worse I could have gone to Green Withens.