Monday, 19 February 2018

19th February

Adult male + 4 or 5 female Hens today in foggy conditions, also 4 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 8 Oycs, 7 Curlews and the usual Dipper.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

17th February

Adult male Hen back today with 4 females, 5 Buzzards, 5 Kestrels and the Merlin still present. Also 9 Herring Gulls east, 11 Goldies, 2 Curlews, 150 Lapwings and the usual Dipper.

Monday, 12 February 2018

11th and 12th February

11th February, very wintery conditions, still 5 Hens, 4 Buzzards, 1 Merlin, 5 Oycs, 1 Cormorant, 52 Herrings and 2 GBBGS. 12th February, 6 Hens, 6 Buzzards, Peregrine and 2 Kestrels.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

4th February

5 Hen Harriers today including the stunning adult male also a superb Goshawk nearby putting ever bird in sight into the air. Also 4 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Woodcock flying around in broad daylight.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

30th January

Pink-footed Goose on the ground at Cold Edge today, also 2 Stonechats, 130 Fieldfare and a Little Owl at Castle Carr Road.

Monday, 29 January 2018

27th January

Phone scoped images of the Glaucous Gull at Hollingworth Lake on Saturday, first thought to be a second winter but probably more likely an advanced first winter due to dark eye.

Friday, 26 January 2018

26th January

6 Hens, 2 Peregrines, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 80 Lapwings and 6 Golden Plovers today.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

14th January

6 hens and 1 Sparrowhawk is all we had today.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

13th January

7 Hens recorded today also 2 buzzards and that was about it.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

11th January

Managed to get some poor video of the adult male today sat on a post, also had 5 females 1 Buzzard, 1 Shortie and a Teal.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

10th January

DF took the afternoon off work, so we headed to our regular spot and recorded 8 Hen Harriers, with the sat tagged bird not seen today that must mean we have 9 birds in the area, fantastic!!!! also 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 Great Spot and 3 Greylags.

Monday, 8 January 2018

8th January

Out on the moors again today, 6 Hens including the adult male, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels and the usual Dipper, not much else.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

7th January

Todays birds included 1 Red Kite, 1 Merlin, 5 Hen Harriers, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 GSWPecker and a Flock of Herring Gulls passing through.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

6th January

6 Hens recorded today including the adult male, also 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dipper, 1 GSWPecker and 6 Golden Plovers.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Baird's Sandpiper Accepted

News as just come in that the Baird's Sandpiper me and DF found at Whiteholme last September as been accepted by the BBRC making it a first for Calderdale (will just have to bite the bullet and forget the one in 1990).

Monday, 1 January 2018

1st January 2018

Terrible conditions today but managed 3 Hen Harriers including the stunning adult male sat on the ground and on fence posts. Managed to get some video footage in heavy rain but quality very poor, still here's a few video snaps of the male. Also 1 Buzzard, 18 Herring and 2 Great Black Backs over, not much else.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

31st December

6 Hens recorded today including the adult male, there may have been more but the rain was so bad we had to give up before dark.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Thursday, 28 December 2017

28th December

An incredible 7 Hen Harriers today including the adult male, must be a local record? also 5 Buzzards and a Kestrel.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

26th December

26th December Finally got out after 3 weeks feeling crap, still felt pretty bad so didn’t take the scope with me (fatal error). The first bird we saw was the Great White Death a Goshawk, probably a male by size. It zoomed across the moor then gained height soaring about for 5 minutes before stooping like a Peregrine into a nearby wood scattering a dozen Wood Pigs, first Gos Ive had here for a few years now. Next came 4 Buzzards and a Kestrel, 6 Goosanders, 30 Goldies, 7 Herring and 2 GBBGulls. Then what we had come for, 4 Hen Harriers including the tatty winged female we have named White Spot due to the obvious white spot at the base of the upper left primaries.

Monday, 18 December 2017

18th December

Not much doing the past few weeks, been out of action with the dreaded lurgy, even had to cancel going to see 70s glam rock band the Sweet for a second year running (last year a Pallid Harrier near Spurn was to blame). Today had a few bits, a Peregrine, 26 Golden Plovers and 40 Meadow Pipits were at Mount Tabor. Oh and my brother said the concert was great!!!!!!!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

3r December

Just two Hens clocked today also 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 2 Sparrowhawks, 8 Herring Gulls, 5 Teal, 1 Dipper, a Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

28th November

Out with tall Andy today, 4 Hens showed well also just 1 Kestrel.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

25th and 26th Nov

25th November, went looking for DJS' Lapland Bunting on Swales Moor but no luck there so had a look at Elland GP and not much happening there also. 26th November, the same 5 Hens were again picked up today also 2 Buzzards and 2 Kestrels.

Monday, 20 November 2017

18th and 19th November

The Hen Harriers performed well over the last few days with 5 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday. DF got some great shots of the adult males tail pattern as it flew off whilst I managed to video an adult female sat on a post. Also recorded 9 Whooper Swans, 1 Woodcock and 4 or 5 Buzzards.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

11th November

Todays raptors, 3 Hens, 1 Peregrine, 2 Buzzards, 3 Kestrels and 2 Shorties. 6 Teal, 3 Herring Gulls and a Snipe provided the backup.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

5th November

3 Hens today including adult male late on, also 3 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels and 4 Whooper Swans.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A few more

Todays birds 4th Nov

Pics by DF.

4th November

Todays birds, 3 Hen Harriers including adult male, Peregrine, 6 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, Stonechat, Redwing, Fieldfare etc.