Thursday, 17 August 2017

16th and 17th August

Last night had 5 Ringed Plovers and a Redshank at Whiteholme. Today got a surprise when I flushed a Short-eared Owl that was roosting on the ground in the heather at Roils Head, it took off but soon came down landing in cover so I left it alone. That's the third shortie Ive had in this area over the years.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

15th August

Tree Pipit and 20+ Willow Warblers at Roils Head today, Red-legged Partridge at Highroad Well Moor, Swifts at Heath Hill Road and Rye Lane.

14th August

Whinchat and 6 Willow Warblers at Roils Head today, Peregrine, 3 Kestrels and 1 Sparrowhawk on the moors in the evening.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

13th August

Had a walk up to my watch point today in the hope of getting some raptors, had only just left the house when news came though of an Osprey at Leeshaw, some miles north of where I watch from. Arrived at watch point 45 minutes later when news came that the Osprey was still at Leeshaw and had caught a fish, good this bird might hopefully drift past me later on. I sat down and began to find a few birds, 3 Ravens, 3 Buzzards, 3Kestrels and 3 Sparrowhawks 2 of which were carrying prey. I was then joined by Matt who was on his way to Leeshaw, but a quick call to Brian who informed us that the Osprey had left, so we stayed put BIG MISTAKE. Not long later the Osprey was back with another fish, so we decided to go for it, too late we just missed it but we did have another Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, 2 Barnacle Geese and a Bar-headed Goose?

Thursday, 10 August 2017

9th and 10th August

Me and Dave back on our old stomping ground on 9th produced yet another Barn Owl, 2 juv Buzzards and a Spotted Flycatcher. Today at Roils Head found 2 Spotted Flys in with several Willow Warblers + 2 juv Bullfinches that have been knocking about all week.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

7th August

Had a trip out to St Aidans with Roy this evening looking for the 2 Red Crested Pochards that had turned up but had no luck, did have an out of season Brent Goose, a Black Tern and three Little Egrets.

Friday, 28 July 2017

27th July

Following a tip off me and Dave S checked out a potential new Barn Owl site and were not disappointed. 2 adult birds were found roosting next to what looks like a breeding site. We also dropped in to another BO site and had 3 more birds.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

25th July

Todays highlights were a superb female Merlin that flew strait past us 3 times, adult Peregrine, 7 Kestrels and a Stoat which so far has managed to avoid the keepers!

Friday, 21 July 2017

20th July Caspian Tern and Cattle Egret

Me and DF had a great day out at St Aidans and Fairburn Ings. Fisrt stop St Aidans for the Caspian Tern, a real cracker, showed well all afternoon, you can see a Garganey with it in one of the phone scoped shots I took. Also at this site Black Tern and lots of Common Terns including the above juvenile. Then on to Fairburn where the Cattle Egret showed much better than on Tuesday, good to compare with several Little Egrets.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

18th July Fairburn Ings

Zipped over to Fairburn Ings for the Cattle Egret with Dave this evening. Very distant seen in flight 3 or 4 times. 5 Little Egrets showed much better. End of the evening and 3 Spoonbills circled the reserve before disappearing. On our way back in Castleford and a huge Tern flew over the car going west just after 9pm, had to be the Caspian Tern that had been seen at Swillington earlier and returned there at 9.15pm.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

15th July Sabine's Gull

Me and Andy C had a trip out of Calderdale today to see the first summer Sabine's Gull at Nosterfield Quarry, and it didn't disappoint showing really well for the best part of an hour. Also lots of other decent birds present, Little Egret, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit etc.

Friday, 14 July 2017

13th July

Out with Roy this evening, at least 2 LEOs hunger calling at a local site then on to check out the new Barn Owl site and had 2 birds together in the ruined building, also Little Owl present.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

9th and 10th July

Spent the last two days looking for the reported male Red Footed Falcon on our moors with no luck. We did however log Merlin, Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, Raven, Grasshopper Warbler, Stonechat, Dunlin + all the usual waders.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

5th July Owling

Took my brother and his wife to see some Leos tonight and they didn't disappoint, then moved on to where a Barn Owl had previously been reported, once again found the bird strait away, also had a Little Owl for good measure. Managed to get a few phone scoped images.

4th July St Aidans

Had a trip over to St Aidans Swillington Ings with Roy and Jack, not much happening but managed to find a second summer Med Gull which was nice. All the other usual species present including 3 Little Egrets.

Friday, 30 June 2017

29th June

Out with Roy and Jack tonight, 3 LEO chicks hunger calling at a new site with adult seen briefly hunting. Then on to a Barn Owl site where an adult came out at 9.23pm. Also recorded Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Kestrels.

Monday, 26 June 2017

26th June

The dead and the living. Lots of young birds at Roils Head today with family parties of Long-tailed and Coal Tits, young Goldfinch and Robins as well. Also had a stunning male Siskin and a Skylark with a Ghost Moth at Highroad Well Moor. A few Red Admirals also at Roils Head and a poor dead fox on Heath Hill Road.

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.