Monday, 29 February 2016

Spring............has sprung in Northowram

What a beautiful day , started off with 3 Greenfinch displaying and calling in the hedge behind the cricket pitch soon followed by Robin , Blackbird , Song Thrush , Dunnock , Wren and Chaffinch in full song .. A Mistle Thrush could be herd belting it out down Chelsea valley. A female Goosander was a nice surprise as were 4 male Siskin.  Male and female Bullfinch , Sparrowhawk display and 2 Long tailed tits in the front garden ,1 LBBGull and 2 Herring Gulls west..... a flock of 15 Siskin and 2 Goldfinch rounded off a good morning walk......................

Friday, 26 February 2016

Tree Sparrows

After a tip off at Cromwell Bottom yesterday I headed to Shelf Park , I took the Calderdale way path to Norwood green. Calls of Buzzards overhead eventually produced 2 birds displaying over the fields towards Coley church..Nuthatch , Great spotted Woodpeckes and Treecreeper were all herd calling from the woodland. I searched high and low for Tree Sparrows but not a bird in sight. I decided to head off home on a different path  a fleeting glimpse of a little brown job  disappeared into the hedge. I then noticed a very large feeding station behind a set of farm buildings it was packed with birds and in the middle of all the Chaffinch ,  Robins , Blue |great and LTTits were 3 Tree Sparrows,,,,result...Many thanks to the FOCB for the tip off......

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Duddon

A few days in the southern lakes produced Displaying Ringed Polover , Skylarks , Song Thrush and Grey Wagtail in full song. Bar Tailed Godwit , Red Throated Diver , Eider , Barnacle Geese , large numbers of Golden Plover , Dunlin , Oystercatcher , Curlew , Knot (3000 + doing murmuration ) Sanderling  Great Crested Grebes displaying , Red Breasted merganser , 10 + Little Egrets , Pinks overhead all the time 1000 + and 27 Twite.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Shibden to Beacon Hill

SW 6 and heavy rain...Why I ask myself ............5 Mute Swan , Coot Moorhen  Mallard and plenty BH Gulls and Common Gulls. around Shibden Park..A Grey wagtail in Cunnery Wood and 2 Pink footed geese over Beacon Hill...lots of rain and wind..........yuckkk

Thursday, 18 February 2016


2 Skylarks over the house this morning was a good start , then 7 Redwing in the tall hedge and 7 Stock Doves around the barn ,2 Song Thrush were very vocal and 2 Mistle Thrush 'rattled ' over . Then 6 Siskin , four  gardens down ,1 male and 5 female types. 3   Treecreepers in Shibden Valley and a male Sparrowhawk here also...

Friday, 12 February 2016

Lesser Redpoll

2 Lesser Redpoll today along the tall Hedge  which is a bit of a rare in these parts.10 Blackbirds ,  7 Stock Doves , 6 Chaffinch , 3 Dunnock  , 1 Wren and a couple of robins.1 Green Woodpecker calling from the wood. 142 Jackdaws over this evening going to roost and  Stock Doves have also seen doing display flights today......

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Covenham area...

Its rare these days to see an Adult Male Hen Harrier hunting over open farmland , so today was a red letter day indeed .A beautiful male flew within 20 feet from where I was walking. With juv Peregrine and  Merlin , adult female Sparrowhawk , 3 Buzzards , and plenty of Kestrels I classed it as a good raptor day. Green Sandpiper , Little Egret , 3 Barn Owls  , 41 Pinks headed north /west and 10 Whoopers were loafing  around in a stubble field.......

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Local fields

A walk round the local fields today produced 10 Goldfinch , 23 Starling , 70 Jackdaw , 14 Rook, 20 Carrion Crow , 2 Magpie , 6 Blackbirds , 30 Common Gull , 15 BH Gull , 2 Herring Gulls headed west and the highlight of the day 3 Common Buzzards displaying in the valley. Some other good news were 2 Little Owls near a former nest site that was turned in to a house..