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,.............as 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.