Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dotterel and Buff Breasted Sandpiper

Right place right time...Whilst having crippling views of BBS , a flock of  Golden Plover circled the reservoir and then headed south as they went south a smaller wader flew to join them from the west .I alerted JB to this and as the flock returned some 5 minutes later the small wader was picked out, JB was taking photos frantically,,,where is it ??? ..he kept saying... top left,..top right.... middle bottom the flock headed west....and two Common Buzzards came over the hill .Some great photos on the Calderdale birders blog...the best couple of hours birding for a long time.........

Monday, 29 September 2014


A Buff breasted Sandpiper at Ringstone Edge today was a great find by John Beaumont..it takes my Calderdale total to 200 species..........at last....beaten to it by NCD by 3 weeks ............highlights over the years have been , Red , Black and GN Divers , Slavs and red necked grebes , Gannet, Kittiwake , Honey and Rough Legged Buzzards , Ring necked Duck , Spotted  and Wood sandpipers , Little and Black terns ,Iceland and Glaucous Gulls , Firecrest , Lapland Bunting ,Little and temminck's Stint , Little egret , Dotterel , Shore lark and Great Grey shrike.....  also remember when YL GULLs were un -herd of and also when Nuthatch was a MEGA.......................LOL and good birding,,,,,,,,,,

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Recent records

6 Chiff Chaffs , 5 Goldcrest today in the long hedge and wood , 10 + Pieds and 1 White wagtail and 87 Meadow Pipits on the cricket pitch and 2 Jays very high south were the first of the autumn and not seen a Swallow for a couple of days...............

Friday, 5 September 2014

Sedge Warbler

Its been a good spell for migrants at Northowram with a new area found that seems to hold a few migrants..so far Spotted flycatcher (1) , Whinchat (2) Redstart (2) Chiffs (10+) Willow Warbler (8+)Whitethroat (6) , Blackcap (2) and the star so far a Sedge warbler today it was tacking low to the ground (thought it was a reed warbler till it showed its face) finally came into view ..very nice