Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Buzzards and more Whitethroats

I have now managed to find 3 pairs of Whiethroat around the fields in Northowram and sightings of Buzzard are now daily with 2 in the front field on Saturday giving excellent views of this once rare bird in Calderdale. Its great to see them on such a regular basis (reminds me of being on holiday).in another 5 years if they are left alone they will be in every bit of woodland.!!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Warblers (singing males) at Elland Gravel Pits 22 April and 22 May 2015

Same walk route which takes about 2 hours....
22nd May

Chiffchaff     11
Blackcap       13
Garden Warbler    8
Willow Warbler    6
Reed warbler        4
Whitethroat          5

Total                  47

22nd April

Chiffchaff        16
Blackcap          13
Garden Warbler  1
Willow Warbler   12
Reed Warbler        1
Whitethroat           1

Total                   44

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Northowram today

All the local summer visitors are back in place , today 2 Blackcap , 2 Willow Warblers , 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat singing this morning. Plenty of Linnets , Swallows and the odd House Martin.
2 Sand Martins and 50 + Swifts heading north around lunchtime. Buzzards are now seen almost daily which is great news...

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Had a walk from Wainstalls to Mount Tabor , 7 Wheatear , good numbers of singing Skylarks, plenty linnets feeding on dandilions and collecting nesting material a Buzzard over and 8 Swifts north.
  Managed to see the  'Mixenden White Crow ' at Shaking House farm and was treated to the call of a Pied Flycatcher in the brilliant sunshine in a nearby valley. Plenty more Swift heading north over Luddenden village and Skylarks singing at Mount Tabor must be in double figures. Amazed to find a couple of pairs of Lapwing at Ogden and also one at Mount Tabor.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Mixenden Reservoir

A quick walk before the rain this morning produced, 1 Swift , 2 House Martin ,15 Swallow and 5 Sand Martin on the res in nearby fields a Wheatear sat on the ground looking exhausted and a Willow Warbler nest building was as good as it got.....

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Tripin ........

Well its been a long time in coming but on the 28th April , I came across a ' trip ' of Dotterel there were 7 ,( 5 females and 2 males ). It also turned into a bit of a twitch with no Dotterel at the top of Pendle Hill . It was one of those awkward moments........ I had found 7 Dotterel,''''' I put the news out and then just I had.... they flew off, It took an hour to relocate them and by this time there were a few people looking......Luckily I found them two fields from the original spot.(phewww)
   Not much else this week except lapwing and Whitethroat on Soil Hill and a couple of Bullfinch and a Goldcrest on my local walk.