Sunday, 25 June 2017


                                                      Catoptria furcatellus
                                                      Golden Plover at 2500 ft
                                                      Four Spotted Chaser
                                                  Small Pearl Bordered  Fritillary
                                                   The highlands from Mull

                                                            Whinchat just out of the nest
                                                                   Argent and Sable
Watched an Adult White tailed Sea Eagle at the nest site ripping a fish up and then taking it to feed young..... and Hen Harriers nesting by the roadside.......different world with a whole industry dedicated to watching Eagles , otters and wildlife....................

Friday, 16 June 2017

Duddon, Cumbria

Found this Oystercatcher nesting on the railway track ,3 eggs( last year it was in the same place 27th May 2016 and only 2 eggs) and this young carrion crow was ripped up by an adult male Peregrine..Loads of Little Egrets and breeding Goosander.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

House Sparrows

Its been a very good year for House Sparrows on hedge top lane this year with at least 8/10 pairs well on with there second broods, Looks like a couple of pairs of Swifts are in the village somewhere and one pair of House Martins were noted today. Great spotted Woodpecker  , Starlings , Goldfinch and Greenfinch have all got young and I watched a pair of Linnets collecting seed heads ...LBBGulls have been on the move all week and saw my first 5 BHGulls heading north this morning.
  Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in the garden.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Islay 2

3 different Golden Eagles seen very well 2 adults and a 2cy , 1 adult White tailed Eagle , 1 adult male Velvet Scoter , 1 Ring necked Duck , 2 summer Red - throated Diver , Male and female Hen Harrier , 1 Barnacle Goose , 30 Barwit , 11 Knot , 100 + Marsh Fritillary , and a few Adder

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Crags and Northowram

Sparrowhawk , Buzzard and Kestrel all seen close to the house over the weekend along with plenty of Swifts. Greenfinch and Linnets have been seen feeding on Dandelions early morning on the cricket pitch along with House Sparrow ,  Blackbird and Starlings eaten worms ,
   Wood Warbler singing , 2 Spot Fly and  Cuckoo calling in the crags today.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Quick look at Hodbarrow today , 45 pairs of Little Tern , 400 + Sandwich Terns , 70 Common Tern , 1 Pintail , 20 Red breasted Merganser , 1 Rock Pipit , 2 Shovler , 40 Eiders , 2 Dunlins , Oycks and Ringed Plover with chicks ..2 Manx Shearwater and  Gannet  at sea and Lesser Whitethroat , Whitethroat , Willow Warbler , Sedge Warbler , Blackcap , Garden Warbler and  Chiffchaff in the scrub areas....2 Osprey at Foulshaw Moss ,4  Duke of Burgandy and 1 Pearl bordered Fritillary at Whitherslack..

Friday, 19 May 2017

Loch Lee Angus

2 adults and a 2cy  Golden Eagles were seen about 15 times during our short stay also , 2 Ospreys , Red Kite , Merlin , Ptarmigan on Mt Keen  , Adder ,Weasel ,  Mountain Hares  Spot Fly , Tree Pipits , Ring Ouzel (20 +) Twite , Whooper Swan , Pink footed Goose , and breeding Widgeon , Dunlin , Teal , Dipper , Grey Wag , Redpoll , Siskin  etc..............A herd of 187 Red Deer was impressive but destructive...

Friday, 12 May 2017

Islay..Bonney Scotland

A week on Islay poduced male Hen Harrier every day , great views of this beautiful bird. Choughs , Cuckoos (20+) , Whinchats (20 +) , Whimbrels , Black Guillimot (30 +) Osprey , GNDiver (30 + )Golden and White Tailed Eagle ,Pale bellied Brent Geese and a calling Corncrake and the odd Otter. A flock of  28 Hooded Crow was a first.............

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Adult Male Pallid Harrier

Well I had one day to go and I went for it with Nick D (cheers for getting us there and back)  , It was fantastic Sky dancing , calling , carrying nesting material , stooping and generally being fantastic for long periods , 2 Ring Ouzel , Cuckoo , Buzzards etc ..

If you get chance go , it will be the best bird you see this decade........

Monday, 1 May 2017

Dotterel and Cromwell Bottom

2 Common Terns , (thanks DF) 1 Garden Warbler and first Reed Warbler...............3 Dotterel near fly flatts...(photo by Dave B)


had a quick trip to see an old friend in Penley Wales , in the garden were  Brimstone butterfly , Orange Tip , Holly Blue , Small White ,Great Crested newts , Common Newts , Chiffchaff , Blackcap, Nuthatch and 3/4 Song Thrush...........Beautiful.........

Friday, 28 April 2017

Cromwell Bottom....Wheatear and Whimbrel

Singing males only(warblers

Blackcap    17
Chiffchaff  10
Willow Warbler  12
Garden Warbler   1
Whitethroat         1
Wren                15
Song Thrush    2
Kingfisher       2 sightings
Bullfinch        pair
Green Woodpecker calling
Grey Wagtail   2 near the weir

A fine male Wheatear on the cricket pitch and a calling Whimbrel over the house....good doo

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

House Martin

2 House Martins north west over the house today with 6/7 Swallows the same way. Buzzards , Sparrowhawk , and a Peregrine down in the valley. 3 Canada Goose ,Linnets , Grey Wagtail , Stock Dove and Grey Heron....

Monday, 24 April 2017

Raggalds Flood

Been keeping an eye on the bit of water known as Raggals flood of late...last week or so has produced
Ringed Plover x 2
Little Ringed Plover x 1
Redshank x 2
Oystercatcher x 1
Lapwing x 5
In 2013 also had Dunlin , Snipe ,Curlew , and Golden Plover one more species of wader to make double figures (Common Sand maybe) on a muddy puddle in Queensbury....Amazingly one day there were 2 Shelduck on it..???


One female Wheatear on the cricket pitches this morning along with 4 Pied Wagtail , 2 Goldfinch , 4 Greenfinch,1 Blackbird and 20 Starling ..all collecting nesting material...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Swallows return

First dates seen from the house in Northowram in the last few years....
2011......1st April
2012.....21st April
2013....10th April
2014....12th April
2015....13th April
2016......4th April
2017.....21st April

Cumbria 15th - 21st April

Lots of walking in the hills for a week , 2 Singing Ring Ouzel was great to hear with at least 15 pairs of Wheatear in and around. On the coast 100 Pale bellied Brents , 5 Greenshank , 2 Green Sandpipers , 20 Ringed Plover ,Blackcaps , Willows and Chiffs  Swallows , House martins and Sand martins in good numbers ,

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cromwell Bottom

A walk round mid afternoon produced --
8 Singing Willow Warblers
8 Singing  Chiffchaff
7 Singing  Blackcap
11 Singing Wren
4  Singing  Goldfinch

1 Green veined White
1 male Orange Tip
1 Speckled Wood

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sunday 2nd April

Started well with 2 Sand Martins north low over the fields.soon followed by 2 Cormorants, 2 grey heron , 2 Greylags and 3 Canadas . 1 singing Skylark , upto 5 Buzzards about  and a cracking young female   Peregrine . The local Starlings have been collecting all the grass  cuttings on the cricket pitch to line there nests and the local Greenfinch have been is display mode all week....

Saturday, 1 April 2017

March Swallow

Never had a March Swallow before so i was very glad to see 2 on the 29th March this year near Ravenglass , also in the area 10 Greenshanks , 2 Sand Martin , plenty Chiffchaffs , 10 Little Egrets , Pink footed Geese (40 north) , Peregrine and 2 Orange Underwing.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

First Chiffchaff

Had my first Northowram Chiffchaff of the year today singing in bright sunshine from the top of a Willow tree.12 Common Gulls making a right racket in the fields . 3 Canada Geese and 4 Mallards have turned up in the flooded fields and at least 4 singing male Greenfinch have been displaying for the last few days. 2 Grey wags and 2 Pied Wags on the cricket pitch yesterday were not there today.Buzzards have been very vocal all week.

Saturday, 18 March 2017


2  different singing grey wagtails , Kingfisher , Dipper , 2 Tufted Duck , 11 Goosander ,Red Grouse , Curlew and lapwing....Plenty herring Gulls heading west...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Winter turns to Spring

A quick visit to the Duddon Estuary area in Cumbria  produced my first Wheatear ,  2 singing Chiffchaff  , 2 Green Sandpiper , 135 Pale bellied Brent Geese , 34 Twite , 14 Whooper Swans , 400 Pink footed geese , 1 Tundra Bean Goose , 2 Stonechat  , Buzzards , Raven and Peregrine.
  57 Balck tailed Godwit , 10 Shovler and 4 Gadwall at Hellifield Flash ,

Sunday, 12 March 2017


This morning looked good for a Chiffchaff at least but after slogging round all the local fields and bits of wood in Northowram I had little to show for it. 2 Skylarks , 1 Herring Gull , 1 LBB Gull , 8 Common Gulls , 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 2 Buzzards , 1 Kestrel , 3 Song thrush , 1 green Woodpecker , 5 Linnets , and a few Goldfinch/////

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Get your Gulls on..!!!!

If you like Gulls then Rufforth tip near York is a treat. It can be very frustrating with 1000's of gulls all over the place ,  but they only settle down every now and then because the area is next to an airfield , a very busy road and gun shots going off all the time.
  But when they do settle down to loaf and preen a hole host of ages and species can be observed closely.In six hours Me and Nick D have found
Glaucous Gull x 3 first winters
Iceland Gull x 1 3rd winter /adult and a first winter
Caspian Gull 4 x 3rd Winter

 Yellow Legged Gull 1 x 3rd winter

Get your Gulls on.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

First migrants

3 Sand Martins north on Tuesday 7th was early , also north 2 Curlew , 2 Skylarks and 5 herring Gulls.
The local Buzzards were active yesterday with a new male Buzzards turning up which caused a lot of chaos for a while , and then at 8.32 the local male and female were seen copulating ,great news
 Also around the village today lost of singing going on 3 Song Thrush , 2 Mistle Thrush , 10 Blackbirds , Goldcrest , Greenfinch , House Sparrow , Dunnock  and the garden Robin sang most of the day.............

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Eastern Black Redstart and Gulls galore

What a beauty the Eastern Black Redstart is , Rock Pipit , Fulmar ,Stonechat  and Meadow Pipits.Then off to Rufforth to see some Gulls , 2 Ist Winer and 1 Juv 1st winter Glaucose Gull , 1 3rd Winter Caspian Gull and plenty Herrings , BH , Commons , LBBGulls and GBBGulls