Wednesday, 21 June 2017

20th June

Had a Red Kite with missing outer tail feathers at Pellon today, looked very odd, also later on Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel on the moors. A couple of days ago got the moth trap out and the only moth of note was a new one for me, a Blood Vane.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

17th June

Todays highlight was a stunning adult male Merlin seen 3 times, also female Sparrowhawk carrying prey, 2 Buzzards, 2 Ravens, Goosander still present and nesting Sand Martins.

Friday, 16 June 2017

15th June

Had a couple of hours at Swillington Ings tonight with Roy and his son Jack, we managed 43 species the best being Black-necked Grebe, Little Egrets and Avocets with young.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Catching up

11th June Usual spot, 3 Buzzards, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk + all the usual Waders. 12th and 13th June Roils Head, Blackcap still singing, Great Tit with red plastic ring on right leg feeding young, apparently ringed in Northern Ireland. 2 Redpoll 2 Linnets 2 Bullfinch and 2 Common Gulls on 12th. 15th June back on the moors, 1 Shortie, 1 Buzzard, Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Common Scoters amongst the usual waders.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

9th June

My Niece Phoebe, the next female Michael Schencker. 9th June, back on local patch with DF. 3 Shorties tonight also 3 Buzzards, 1 Peregrine, 3 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goosander, 1 juv Stonechat, 40+ juv Greylags, Sand Martin, Woodcock + all the usual waders, oh and nesting Black-headed Gulls.

Friday, 9 June 2017

8th June

Checked out a couple of LEO sites tonight with Roy. Nothing doing at the first site but a bird was out hunting at the second at 9.15PM, also here 2 Grasshopper Warblers a Kestrel and a Cormorant. Moved on to a Barn Owl site and had the adult bird carrying a vole to nest site. It was pursued by a Carrion Crow so didn't take the food to the nest but led the crow way.

Monday, 5 June 2017

4th June

4th June, A Marsh Harrier, probably a first summer male judging by size was the highlight of the day, other raptors were 2 Buzzards, a Peregrine and 2 Kestrels. Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and lots of young waders about, sadly our Ringed Plover nest has been abandoned over night and all four eggs have gone, probably due to disturbance from dog walkers letting their animals run riot on the shoreline, I gave one of them a right earful.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

30th May more Sanderlings

Out and about in the rain today, 4 Sanderlings found at Whiteholme, maybe some of the birds from two days ago but more than likely new birds brought down by overnight rain??? all the usual other waders, not much else.

Monday, 29 May 2017

28th May

7 reservoirs checked today, first one held 5 Sanderlings, 2 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover and the forth one held another 2 Sanderlings amongst the other waders present. Also today 4 Shorties, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, Goosander, Cuckoo and a juvenile Stonechat.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

26th May

All the usual waders today + 2 Peregrines, 2 Buzzards, Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sand Martins, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a very tame Song Thrush.

Friday, 26 May 2017

25th May

Tested the 1.6 extender in hazy conditions, some shots taken at 96X. All the usual waders today including two young snipe and a Woodcock roding. Also 2 Shorties, a Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo and 2 Ravens.

New Toy

Just got the 1.6 extender for my Kowa scope. Went out with Dave to try it out but the heat haze was terrible, anyway managed a few phone shots at the maximum power of 96x magnification, will post first results later.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Last few days

Not much happening just the male Blackcap singing at Roils Head and House Martins finally arrive.

Monday, 22 May 2017

21st May

21st May, 7 reservoirs checked today, all the usual waders + 2 Shorties, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard and a corking adult male Merlin chasing a pipit. Two days ago had another Shortie in the same area as the Merlin. Looks like the vole population might be starting to recover from last years crash??????

Friday, 19 May 2017

19th May

All the usual waders on the reservoirs tonight + a female Common Scoter.

18th May

Had a quick trip over to Fairburn Ings with Roy, not much doing but a pair of Avocets which turned pink with the setting sun.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

16th and 17th May

Reservoirs filling up after over night rain, bad news for waders. Nothing special on the tops so down for the Wood Warbler in the crags. Found in the said area the bird performed well singing and displaying late in the day, also a couple of Treecreepers there and a Red-legged Partridge at Fly Flats on the way back. 17th May, a Whitethroat was new in at Roils Head, not much else.

Monday, 15 May 2017

15th May

Roils Head 15th May. A nice Blackcap singing today is quite a scarce bird for this site. Goldcrest still singing at West End Golf Course, nothing much else doing.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

13th and 14th May

13th May, back on our usual stomping grounds, me and Dave F had our first Marsh Harrier of the year, a cream crown which decided to bomb a local Peregrine. Also present all the usual moorland birds including more young Lapwings and Curlew chicks. 14th May, Goldcrest singing at West End Golf Course, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Blaclcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Mute Swan and a Common Tern at Elland GP. A car alarm hidden in the undergrowth at Roils Head had me going for a while, sounded just like a River Warbler, then Dave S found it and we tried to kill it but it wouldn't die ?????????

Friday, 12 May 2017

11th and 12th May

All the usual waders on the reservoirs + Grasshopper Warbler reeling and a migrant Chiffchaff on 11th. A Peregrine over Pellon on 11th. 12th May, usual waders + Peregrine and Raven.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

10th May

10th May reservoir round up, 12 Ringed Plovers, 3 LRPs, 7 Dunlin, 15 Common Sands, 1 Curlew, 2 Lapwings,1 Raven, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

9th May Stone Curlew

News broke of a Stonecurlew at Blackmoorfoot, Huddersfield today, so me and Dave zipped over to see it, joined later by Roy. A Yorkshire tick for me and a lifer for Dave and Roy. The heat haze was bad so the photos aren't that great, unlike the bird.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

8th May Turnstone

Another look at the reservoirs proved successful with a superb Turnstone found amongst the Dunlin, Ringed Plovers etc. Water levels dropping so looks good for May.