Monday, 31 August 2015

A right good doooo....

A poor start to the day as it rained till 11ish but as soon as it cleared I was out.66 BH , 3 Common  and 1 LBBGull on the cricket pitch. I was on the look out for the Goldfinch flock after Dishfish  had found some Siskin (good local find )  at Soil Hill yesterday, bit of a bogey bird for me in Northowram , I have had a few but I should have had more.??
   As I jumped over the fence a bird flushed into the large nettle patch..looked interesting but when I got to the patch 5  Goldfinch flushed from the same spot. Damm Golfinch( not Siskin) and only 5 of um.
   I headed down the fields to the area which is good for migrants and a male Whinchat and juv female Whitethroat made me feel a lot better. At this point the bird in the nettle patch got the better of me so I headed back for another look , after a couple of minutes a cracking Sedge Warbler showed its self.(very pleased I went back)..
  Did a whole circuit  of all the fields looking for the Goldfinch flock but only managed 2 more Goldfinch .
 At 6 .30 I headed out again the Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat were in the same spot , but little else of note. As I went to leave a flock of finches was picked up heading my way. At least 30 Siskin with 2 cracking males and about 10 Goldfinch mixed in with them...A good day and thanks to Dishfish

Friday, 28 August 2015


A slow week until today , 16 pied Wags on the Cricket pitch , 150 Goldfinch in the fields , House Martin and Sand Martin south and 2 cracking Whinchat on the fences at the bottom of the fields....1 1 willow warbler , 1 LBBgull and 25 BH Gulls in the horse fields ...

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Old News

From around the first week of August , I had 2 juv Buzzards mewing in Northowram and 1 Barn owl was seen briefly near the wind farm at dusk.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

France One

A stop over near Portsmouth was very productive with a flyover Great White Egret , 30 Little egret a Cetti's Warbler and a bonus Essex Skipper,( UK Butterfly species 53).A Bonxie on the flat sea and little else on the way over to France....
 Brown Hairstreak
 Glanville Fritillary

On the move 2

First morning out for a while produced ,12 Goldfinch , 10 Linnet , 1 Sand Martin , 20 Swallow,  10 Pied Wags , 10 Willow Warbler , 2 Whitethroat and a Blackcap..............

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

On the Move...Lesser Whitethroat

The first real day with an autumn vis feel to it , saw 9 Pied Wagtail on the cricket pitch 2 of which were jet black juvs.A large flock of Blue and great tits moving along the tree line also contained 2 juv Bullfinch , 4 Greenfinch, 2 juv great spots and a family of 4 Blackbirds. One Chiffchaff and a superb Lesser Whitethroat made for a good start to the autumn migration....