Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Oooooo it was cold up there today with a lazy northern wind blowing right at us...beautiful golden moors in the sunlight . 4 Hen Harriers on the Yorkshire moors 2 fem , 1 young male and a distant ringtail. 1 Kestrel , Mallards , a flock of Red Grouse (20+) , 15 Starlings , 1 BH Gull , Chaffinch , Blackbird and a few corvids.....
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
With the largest invasion of Hawfinch into the UK in living memory going on in late October and early November. I was lucky enough to catch up with 2. There had been reports from Oxenhope 3+ , Low Moor 4 , Paul Clough 1 , Bury 25 , Winter Hill 83 , a flock of 60 + at Castle Howard near York and 2 from the Todmorden area .With the main influx down south where they have had flocks of over 100 . The last record in Calderdale was of some feathers in a Peregrine larder in 1990 and the last known sighting at Hardcastle Craggs sometime in 1978....????
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Sunday, 12 November 2017
On Wednesday 1st November I headed for an undisclosed site on the Yorkshire moors with NCD we watched a Hen Harrier roost .from 15.30 till dusk.5 Whooper Swans flew from the west and landed on the nearby reservoir, We watched at least 5 birds over the moors , an adult Male , 1 juv male and 3 female types , an adult Merlin came in at one point and bombed the male . Such a shame that people want to harm these birds in England.