Friday, April 20, 2018

Ogden, Cold Edge and Ringstone

A Cuckoo at Ogden up by the 'Giant's Tooth' this morning (CS).

I was at Cold Edge - an interesting morning as the mist lifted very slowly with much of the usual species. The best bird for me was a Sand Martin fly-through >N and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls went right over me >W in the mist with a single Herring Gull
3 Linnets were new for the year for me
1 Little Owl
6+ Skylarks up singing as the sun came out
2 Wheatears at Withens Head
One or two Swallows passing through >N
2 Willow Warblers

2 Coot were unusual birds for this site (AT)


Just a reminder to let me have the results of any Rookery counts in the next week or so before the leaves hide the nests. Many thanks to all the results so far with just a few more to come in. Thanks. Dave

Luddenden Foot

A House Martin over the canal there this morning  (M Br)

Catch up !

Some recent news from around and about.
Some nice pictures from an undisclosed Calderdale site below (JM) yesterday. Also other Yellowhammers reported recently (M St) and yesterday briefly in the Shibden Valley (D Br).

Also from yesterday - early Cuckoo singing in the Luddenden Valley (DP). Grasshopper Warblers singing in the Scammonden area.
A few reports recently of other summer migrants appearing,  including Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff's and a few Swallows about as well though Wheatears are still sparse with probably more birds to follow soon.
Common Sandpipers also starting to appear from 15th April (BS) (PJWS) (GS) on local reservoirs along with the already present Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank and Snipe.

Ringstone still supports a 300+ flock of wintering Golden Plover and a few Lapwings along with 2 Great Crested Grebe's and 3 Tufted Duck and 2 Oystercatchers earlier this week.

A Ring Ouzel in fields near Bradshaw on 9th April (JL) and 3 at Ringstone on 7th April (JB).

I might think of some more to add later.............!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Osprey at Castleshaw, South of our recording area

Hope no one minds but thought I'd share a couple of Osprey shots the wife and I were very fortunate to see at Castleshaw Res nr Delph on Friday

Weather was poor and all the shots we got are heavily cropped but it put on a great show. Hovering, diving and making two successful catches for around half an hour, before we lost it heading up the valley at the back of one of the large plantations.

It was superb to see such a stunning bird 'fishing' so close to home, an  amazing sight and a lifer for us both.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cromwell Bottom

On the Amphibian walk today:

We spent some time at the bird feeding station, and among the commoner residents (Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Jay, ) we saw Bullfinch, Male Blackcap, Chiff-chaff and four Redpolls. The Redpolls were feeding on insects high in the Goat Willows, as were the Chiff-chaffs.

We are getting less surprised at the regular Buzzard souring over the reserve, but the views were beautiful in the sunlight when one came quite close. Kingfisher was also seen by one member.

(Further details of amphibian/plant/butterfly sightings over on the

Friday, April 13, 2018

NOT LOCAL BIRDS !! Gull ID confirmation please.

Apologies for posting these photos as they are from Majorca where I have just been on a family holiday.  I only had a 18-200mm zoom 'holiday' lens as I expected no good birds as we were in a busy resort.

I realise this blog is for local birds and I apologise again if this post annoys anyone but I was after confirmation that the gull is an Audoin's if anyone has experience?  I have been through my Collins and can't put it as anything else. Even I know what the second photo is!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Flock over Gorple

Had this flock over Gorple Reservoir yesterday but couldnt i.d. Im sure there will be someone who can .They were circling between Gorple and Widdup

Monday, April 09, 2018


14 swallows feeding at Eastwood Sewage Works this afternoon were my first this spring. No martins as yet.
3+ chiffchaff and 1 willow warbler were around Jumble Hole, and a woodcock was flushed.
 A flock of around 25 thrushes flew east at Jumble Hole, but I was too slow getting my binoculars. Looked the right size for redwing though.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Blackstone Edge

With grateful thanks to Simon Hitchen for allowing us to post his photograph of a Water Pipit he found at Blackstone Edge late afternoon. A very smart looking bird and quite a rarity for us just inside our recording area !
Thanks to Andy H as well for passing the message and photograph on to us.

Unfortunately the bird could not be relocated after it was last seen flying towards a roadside drain in Halifax Road. Well done Simon.
Water Pipit

Cold Edge

This afternoon. the only migrant I could find was a Swallow on the wires at the farm just down from then dams.
I was in a mind to check the migrant Ring Ouzel spot but there was nothing doing there.
No a lot else other than the 2 Barnacle Geese with the Canada flock of 70+ Canadas.
4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, Several Curlew and 2 Snipe in display and only 2 Lapwings
I was surprised to find a solitary Redwing in bushes at Moorlands Farm and that was about it.
1 Little Owl calling and some Red-legged Partridge heard
1 Kestrel

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Last day or two.

Things hotting up now with migrants arriving / passing through including several reports of Swallows and Wheatears from scattered locations.

3 Ring Ouzels at Ringstone briefly this afternoon and a staggering count of 19 just to the south of our area.
A Great Crested Grebe and 600+ Golden Plover also at Ringstone (JB)

Black Redstart at Lower Gorple on Thursday. (GW)

A single Whooper Swan on Ogden most of the day today (CS and BS)

Male Blackcap also seen near Lee Dam, Lumbutts along with a Chiffchaff and more Swallows (SB and AVH)

And to finish the day, see Nick's post below of the Kittiwakes !!

7 Kittiwakes

Me and DF found 7 adult Kittiwakes at Lower Gorple this evening, thought it might be a record count until I checked the history. There's been a few records of 7 or 8 birds, but the largest gathering was an incredible 39 adults at Fly Flats in March 1981.

Ogden Garden

First swallow of year flew over before rain started. One solitary whooper swan on ogden water at 12.30 pm.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Its that time again........

It's that time of year again when it's important not to reveal details of the whereabouts of scarce and rare breeding birds. This includes all raptors and Owls . If you are posting images please leave out site details. Thanks.