Tuesday, 31 January 2012

'Nordic' Jackdaw

This is it ok I know its a realy bad photo but you can tell the white collar.Ive been looking for one of these for at least 5 years and here it is.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Over the weekend

shibden Park was ok with 25 siskins,1 LBBGull and 7 herring Gulls east,1 Nuthatch,1 great spot,1 Singing Song Thrush and 8 Goldfinch,
Today the Whooper swan was still on the canal side near the moorings calling loudly all the time.?

Saturday, 28 January 2012


Watched 80 Pinkies low over Northowram this morning heading west,2 greenfinch,1 Golfinch and a flap,flap glide Buzzard below the ski slope this aft.I have been meaning to count the jackdaws as they go to roost over the hose for a while so this evening seemed a good time to do so..,, 157 a very good count because i reckoned abot 80 usually(shows what counting properly does).In the distnace(way out by Holme Moss,I picked up some Pinkies heading east,they just kept coming all in all about 1500/2000 its a long way off so there could have been many more.???

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Last two days

2 Snow Buts,1 skylark,16 Linnets soil Hill,100 Lapwing Shelf moor,10 Greylags,1 Goldeneye and 2 Red Grouse Cold edge ,7 tree sparrows Jay house lane,200 Pinkies west over Northowram and 16 Stock Doves near Bradley Scout camp,22 Rook nests being built at Northowram Rookery.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sparrowhawk's at it again

Above the first winter male and female have caused havoc all winter with the local House Sparrows and Collared Doves,The House Sparrow population has gone from 66 in late summer to 30 in January.Below is the adult female
which took this Feral Pigeon yesterday morning,left it all day and returned at 4ish and started eating again at about 4.15 it was joined my the young male but the female gave it nothing.


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Battered by Westerlys

Another beating from the wind today,it had blown in an adult lesser black Back which was nice,also 12 stock Doves,35 Linnet,75 Common Gulls and 30 Fildfare.100 Lapwing and 2 Goldies at shelf moor.On the afternoon walk a Woodcock,Grey Wagtail and Goldcrest did'nt make for a bad day afterall..

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


An adult male peregrine falcon was hunting the lapwing flock(200) at shelf moor this lunchtime then headed off towards shibden Valley.1 redpoll ,4 Siskin,7 goldeneye ,2 little grebe, 20+ Goosander,12 Cormorant(2 synensis),2 bullfinch and a Sparrowhawk at Cromwell bottom.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Round and about

Over the weekens
Shelf Moor...250 Lapwing ,7 Goldies and 1 Snipe

Soil Hill...1 Golden Plover,2 lapwing and 4 Pheasants

Castle Carr...1 Northern Long tailed tit,10 LTtits,2 Nuthatch,2 Treecreeper,3 Mistle Trush,3 great S Woodpecker,1 sparrowhawk,1 Kestrel,1 Heron loads of finch sp heading to roost.

Friday, 6 January 2012


Soil Hill...5 snow Bunts and 5 Linnets

Shelf Moor....320 Lapwing 22 Golden plover

Northowram....33 Linnets,9 Stock Dove,3 Herring Gull,1 GBBGull(west)
3 Mistle thrush,4 Redwing,52 Fieldfare and 36 Fieldfare (north) and 3 singing Robins

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Wet,Wet ,Wednesday

Another beating by the weather today,-
10 Stock dove
2 Singing Robin
26 Linnets
1 GBBGull west
4 Herring Gull west
315 Lapwing
11 Golden Plover
244 Starling
40 Common Gull
70 BHgull

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


An excellent count of 325 Lapwing and 7 Golden plover at Shelf moor.Also seen in flight from Northowram.

On 31st December I watched a female Sparrowhawk displaying in Shibden Valley.!!!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Ogden in the rain

Torrential rain at Ogden this afternoon,from the car park to the giants tooth I saw 1 Carrion crow.It got a bit better on the path back with the highlight being a female sparrowhawk hunting 12 Goldfinches /////in total 14 species.