Friday, 31 December 2010

Ogden Artic Tern again

After much reading and searching the web I am still not convinced this is a definate 1st winter bird.??

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Ice images on the canal...Canada goose take off..????????

EGP.....Boxing day

A big move of Gulls west today saw 250 + Herring Gulls and 18 GBBGulls west between 11.00 and 12,also around 11 Bullfinch,30 + 10 LTTits,1 song thrush,50 Field fare 60+ Redwing,2 Mistle thrush,1 Teal,10 Moorhen,4 coot,1 Goldeneye,5 tufted duck,4 cormorant,5 Lapwingand 3 goosander

Monday, 20 December 2010

Merry X-mas Song, MINUS 10 and Moon Madness

Reached minus 10 this evening here in Northowram,Fieldfar and redwing were all over the place today along with Nuthatch ,Sparrowhawk,Grey wagtail ,2 Lapwing over and up to 30 House Sparrows around the feeders

Thursday, 9 December 2010

More Gulls

Cold as hell up there today ..managed the Med Gull for about 5 mins...Nice BHGull and Common Gulls also

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Med Gull today at Mount Tabour ..cheers NCD

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Birds at work

Had a party of 7 waxwings over today along with Grey wagtail,12 Long tailed tits,2 Goldcrest , 8 redwing  loads of Common Gulls and a sparrowhawk.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Waxwings in Christmas tree formation

21 waxwings today at lane Head and 13 herring Gulls west...should push a Smew or Slav our way this cold snap..................

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Lots of Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls heading west most of the day with a few small flocks of Woodpigeons heading north.A single Buzzard was picked up over EGP mid afternoon it headed northwest over Northowram and 2 minutes later another Buzzard went the same way............

Saturday, 27 November 2010


10 Mistle thrush,17 waxwings at Lane Head today and 40+ Lapwings in fields opposite EGP.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Jackdaw Roost

A large roost of mainly jackdaws but also Rooks and Carrion Crows was seen this evening at Ryburn reservoir at least 700.... but we were observing through trees and it could easily have been 1000+.Also 2 Tufted Duck,2 Moorhen,1 Cormorant and a handful of mallards.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Early Morning Calls......

Having done a few pre - dawn vis sessions recently in scotland ,I have been amazed how many calls you can pick up in the hour before daylight. I have herd waxwing ,Lapland Bunting ,Snow Bunting ,Pink footed Goose, Fieldfare , redwing ,Snipe ,Meadow Pipit and Skylark.Its also strange that when it gets light little or no vis is going on.?

Monday, 15 November 2010


Had a right weekend in Scotland, I was getting over a gate yesterday morning a bird landed on the top of the fence at the same time...Lapland Bunting   very nice and today as we got out of the car a Richards Pipit flew out of the field next to us calling loudly....
Vis Yesterday and Today (next to the coast in S/W Scotland)
Great Northern Diver 5 south
Black throated Diver 1 on sea and 1 south (both adult winter)
Long Tailed Duck  1 south
Red Breasted Merganser 1 on sea
Fieldfare 44 n/w
Redwing 2 n/w
Skylark 13 n/w
Woodpigeon 1540 south(along coast)
Starling  520 n/w
Stock Dove 2 north
Snow Bunting 1 North
Hen Harrier 1(male south)
Greylag Goose 9 south
Pink footed Goose 8 south
Rock Pipit 22(bloggers)
Eider 30 (bloggers)
Stonechat 10(Locals)
Twite 45 *
Linnet 180 *
Golfinch 10*
Reed Bunting 17*
Pied wag 15 *
Chaffinch 300 +
* feeding in old turnip field with sorrel.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Violent Storm 11

Drove up to Scotland yesterday in Violent Storm 11(shiping forcast)it was a grim drive.3 hours sea wathch today produced
Great Norther Diver   4 south
Black Throated Diver on sea 1
Long tailed duck        1 south
Eider                       10 on sea
Cormorant 17 south
Shag 2 south
Kittiwake 4 south
1 male Peregring chasing woodpigeon
Curlew 1 south
Oyks 10 south

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Boo hoooo

How fustrating, I could see loads of Woodpigeons way out to the east pouring through,but all the ones over Northowram were heading north/east (no doubt a bit of reverse migration going on) 1000+ throughout the day.I see in Dorset they had 161 thousand south ...Loads of Starlings in small flocks heading low west all day about 700+ in total.....

Saturday, 6 November 2010

More Waxwings

25 over A&E  this afternoon taking my 7 year old in cos he nearly chopped his finger off.....................................................................

Pigs on the wing(Part 1)

 A classic Woodpig morning with clear blue skies and excellent visability.
7.00 - 8.00    3850 s/w
8.00 - 9.00    1375 s/w
9.00 - 9.30      350 s/w
total ...............  5575 all s/w

Pink footed Goose
8.00 - 8.45
 535 all east
Other birds of note apart from a Skua species which eluded id .. I was going with juv dark phase Pom and I see no reason on refering to books that it was'nt this species.but the view was all too brief (drat)??
2 Goosander west
10 Greenfinch west
30+ Chaffinch west
22 Siskin west
50 + Common Gull west
1 Pied wagtail  west
1 Mistle Thrush   north
5 Mallard  west

Monday, 1 November 2010

Round and about....

Its allways nice to see birds when your working and a group of 10 Waxwings over Manor heath today was no exception..!167 Lapwings between Northowram and Queensbury was a good count with 10 linnets also here.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Early Morning Vis...then nowt

Clear Skies ..7.30 - 8.15

657 Woodigeon s/w
2 GBBGull        west
6 Mistle Thrush   west
12 Fieldfare west
7 Redwing west
33 Starling west
14 Meadow Pipit west
6 Chaffinch west
after 8.15 an almost sudden stop to any more movment......

Thursday, 28 October 2010

South West Scotland...Top Vis

A few days in south west Scotland started with an early morning vis on Sunday the 24th October
Fieldfare 5600       NNE
Skylark     615      NNE
Redwing       4      NNE
Lapland Bunting  1 NNE
Whooper Swan  2 south
Hen Harrier(ringtail)  1 south
Meadow Pipit   86     NNE
Starling          800+      NNE
Jackdaw        670       south
Twite              14                 NNE
Greylag           9             south
Mistle Thrush  22  NNE
Linnet              1  NNE
Chaffinch         3 NNE
Brambling       4   NNE
Waxwing        25 WNW
Reed Bunting   1 NNE
(AC and KS)
Other Birds present
Rock Pipit                  28+
Black Throated Diver    2
Buzzard                         3
Raven                           4
Willow warbler            1
Twite (no rings maybe a differnt species?) 20 on beach(where they should be)
Eider  62
Snipe  3
The next morning before dawn Waxwing calls could be herd in the dark along with masses of Redwing,Skylark and Fieldfare but as dawn broke only 2 waxwings and a handful of Mipits were observed..........
Vis    27th
Whooper Swan  30 North
Hen Harrier  1 Adult male south
Swallow  1 south
Merlin 1 south

Friday, 22 October 2010


A fall of 300/400 woodpigeons this evening at about 5.30 circled round the field and then off s/w.Good numbers of fieldfare earlier on in the week.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Lost in the Fog

Could'nt find my lads football match today it was meant to be in Ripponden but I must have got the directions wrong/wright.
450 Pink Footed geese west over Ripponden
1 Cormorant  west over Ripponden
40 Lapwing N/w over Northowram
150 redwing s/w over Northowram
2  Ravens over green Withens clough
44 Common Gull Manor Heath

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Vis accsessories

Does any body know where i can buy a big GREEN (for camouflage) fisherman's 'flatback' umbrella ...??Im going birding in a remote part of Scotland for a week and aparently I need one of these.??

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Northowram Quarry

Looking s/w to Norland Moor and Wainhouse tower

11 Swallows west
1 Redwing   s/e
54 meadow Pipit all directions
45 Woodpigeon  east
34 Linnet bloggers
1 Great Spot wood very high south
6 Mistle Thrush
1 Stock Dove east
3 Chaffinch  south
2 Pied Wagtail s/w
1 Goldcrest calling from the middle of a large mound of boulders.??
Not bad shows potential for a longer watch......

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Northowram Quarry

A quick look this afternoon produced 22 starling,4 Linnet,4 LTTit,2 Golfinch,1 Kestrel,3 woodpigeon,2 collard dove , 1 Goldcrest and 9 grounded meadow Pipit(which is encouraging)
A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER in the pine tree opposite the house this evening did'nt stay long as the local robin saw it off.A Great Spotted wood high s/w.

Friday, 17 September 2010

New Patch

I found a new patch as I am sick of running away from cows which have destroyed my old walk.(Ruff,Snow Bunting ,,Honey/ Buzz, Whooper,Bewicks swan,Barn Owl and Jack Snipe)
my first walk today produced 22 Linnet,15 Goldfinch,1 Great spot wood (over)20 starling,1 Pied wag,1LBBGull and 6 reminds me of the Hill from Hell(Soil Hill).Watch for photos soon.....Meadoe Pipits and Swallows pileing through this morning(sat).

Friday, 27 August 2010

Afternoon walk

Afternoon Walk
40 + Swallows
2 House Martin
3/4 Sparrowhawk
2 Stock Dove
27 Woodpigeons/ east
1 Buzzard high south

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Turtles at Dalyan..Turkey both these Loggerheads had been hit by Speed Boats and are undergoing rehab.Hopfully they will make it back to sea.The beach we went to had 100 nests each nest containing 100 - 150 eggs.We watched them hunting crabs a realy brilliant sight.

Rainbow Rising

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Last Swifts

2 swifts above the house today at 5.45 forced down by the rain.3 LBBgulls ,2 BHgulls and a Sparrowhak .

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Turkey (is very hot)

Most days about 110 degrees and at night neverbelow 80,