Sunday, April 23, 2017

Green Withens

2 Common Sandpiper
1 Male Wheatear
3 Curlew
1 Pied Wag
Loads of Mp's
1 Dunlin

Last few weeks I've been watching a pair of Long-eared Owls, sadly just outside our area. Not many shots, most in poor light but still superb to watch.


3 Wheatear
3 Dunlin
2 Common Sandpiper
1 Little Ringed Plover

7 Wheatear
1 Ringed Plover
1 Dunlin

5 Wheatear
1 Redshank
2 Little Ringed Plover

5 Wheatear

Cold Edge,Ogden Golf Course

Plenty of wheaters at the top end of the golf course by the withens road,also my first calderdale little owl on the course


Had a brief look round a local valley hoping for Redstart and Ring Ouzel.  Failed but happy enough with Cuckoo and Wheatear instead.  Other birds - Swallows, 3 Buzzards, several Willow Warblers, Lapwing and Curlew.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bradshaw etc.

A nice male Ring Ouzel for JL off Taylor Lane, Bradshaw today. Nice one to get photo's as well John.

Also Common Sandpipers starting to arrive (see BS's blog)
West Yorkshire Birding

Crow Hill Sowerby

Linnet pair
M Pheasant

Cold Edge/Withens Head

Male Ring Ouzel yesterday in the fields below The Withens but no sign of it today. I did get some distant shots in the drizzle yesterday but they were not good for posting !
Also from BS yesterday, another female Ring Ouzel was in Slaughter Gap - down the Pennine Way from Nolstar in Withens Road. See West Yorkshire Birding blog with some photos.

Withens - 10+ Wheatears in that area this morning, mostly males, looking in immaculate plumage.
Pair of Stonechats at Cold Edge. Plenty mipits and a few Swallows and Linnets
1 Little Grebe
1 Moorhen
2 Tufted Duck
 Female Stonechat
Male Stonechat

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Withens Head

2 Wheatears on the walls around the farm
2 Pied Wagtails
2 Swallows
1 Little Owl
+ usual species

Mixenden Res'r

Around 10 Sand Martins there late morning with 20+ Swallows but no House Martins while I was there.
2 Grey Wagtails
1 Nuthatch
Snipe heard drumming at the back of the plantation.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Swales Moor and Raggalds Flood

Swales - Ringby Lane late morning. Not a lot doing in the cold westerly.
1 Kestrel
1 Sparrowhawk
2 Skylark
1 Linnet
4 Stock Doves
11 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls + loads of corvids but no hirundines

Raggalds Flood - it's just a field pond at the top of Bradshaw - drying out quickly
A call from BS late afternoon - just had time to head up there for the rewards of migrant waders..(thanks Bri)
2 Little Ringed Plover
2 Redshank
2 Wheatear
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Pied Wagtail

Ludd ft to Mythomroyd

Had a walk on the cycle way yesterday afternoon. Pair of Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler. Only one active nest at the heronry at Ludd Ft with parents feeding two chicks.

I was at Scammonden on Monday - lots of Willow Warblers & Goldfinches, 1 Heron, 1 female Roe Deer

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Luddenden Dean

Not a great deal about this afternoon in the dean though it was very enjoyable in the sunshine out of that pretty cool NE wind.
1 Green Woodpecker heard
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
2 Sparrowhawks and 1 Kestrel distant
A few Willow Warblers and a Blackcap singing at Saltonstall
Just 2 Swallows also at Saltonstall
1 Linnet though there were plenty Goldfinch and Chaffinch with 2 Greenfinch and Blue, Great and Coal Tits in the woodland
2 Skylarks and a few Meadow Pipits on the top

These two were giving me the 'eye ball' treatment this afternoon
 Little Owls

Lee Mount

Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers today - though the Green Woodpecker was only heard in Shroggs Park but it was seen in the park woodland late morning. (JS)
Also in the garden today 2 Nuthatch, 1 male Blackcap and 2 Bullfinch + the usual spp.
Female Great Spotted Woodpecker
(through the glazing)

Roils Head Redstart

Back at Roils Head today, the male Redstart is still present in the middle of Roils Head near the house. Its favouring the area where the track forks between the Larches in the garden and the small clump of pines. It often feeds on the track out in the open. Managed to get some better pics today with the Lumix, will put some more up on heavybirder blog later if any good.


Res'r and plantation late morning
1 Moorhen
1 Cormorant
21 Canadas
2 Redshank
No Gulls
No hirundines - think the cold NE wind has moved them on to a more sheltered location
Plantation was very quiet with just Chaffinch's, Mistle and Song Thrush and Blue and Great Tits.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Roils Head

Thanks to HeavyBirder for the previous posts,prompted me to go up to Roils Head looking for the redstart. Never been up before,really glad i did,good hour produced loads of birds. will definatley be heading back. Found the redstart in the tree line at the far mount tabor end.very flighty but managed to get a few photos.Also my ongoing quest to get a good goldcrest photo got a little closer,can never manage to find one that stays still.managed an impressive back shot today!

Birds seen included

pied wagtail
meadow pipit

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Roils Head Redstart

Returned to Roils Head today and was surprised to find the cracking male Redstart still present for its third day. Managed a few very poor record shots in dreadful conditions. The bird was in the garden of the big house in the centre of Roils Head, its possible it will be still there tomorrow with luck. Also new in a very dull Chiffchaff.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Walshaw Dean

Another White Wagtail yesterday this one on lower Walshaw Res. A lot of Pied Wagtails about up there as well

Friday, April 14, 2017

Roils Head Redstarts

Yesterday had my earliest Redstart at Roils Head, a female briefly. Returned today to find a superb male in a different area (sorry no photos). Also today a male Wheatear, a Swallow and 3 Willow Warblers.