Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Garden feeders

This male Great Spotted Woodpecker, along with his mate, has been a daily visitor to the garden feeders for at least 12 months now. I have only been able to get him through the window as he is still very wary and only appears when no-one is about.

We also get a pair of Nuthatch regularly along with 4 tit species etc. Yesterday was a surprise with a Goldcrest on the fat-filled coconut. We do see Goldcrests occasionally but never before have we seen one on the feeders. I tried hard for a photo without success as the bird darted around snatching morsels of fat.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mixenden Res’r

2 drakes and 2 f Goldeneye there this morning
4 Cormorant
1 Great Black-backed Gull >W
2 Herring Gulls
2 L B B Gulls
A few B H Gulls and Common Gulls
1 Grey Wagtail

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hebden otter

Picture borrowed from Facebook. Apparently another youngster taken into care near Callis Bridge.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mixenden Reservoir

3 Goldeneye (including 1 drake) this morning along with 5 Cormorants and that was about it !

Mammal news

Not birds, I know, but it's an exceptional record.

It was being widely reported on Facebook on Thursday that a 'baby otter' was making a load of noise on the riverbank opposite Cambridge Street, Hebden Bridge. Most people were saying the same as I was thinking - surely it's a mink?

The animal rescue people came out and captured it, and sure enough it was an otter pup! They searched for its parent without success, so it was taken to a wildlife centre in Cheshire. They have pledged that once it's strong enough it will be brought back to this area and released.

I wish I'd seen it, but caught the thread on fb too late!

Tame Grouse???

Took my Scouts on our annual hike starting at Hardcastle Crags today. We were walking on the path under Shackleton Knoll when a Grouse turned up just a metre away from us chattering away to us. Despite my Scouts being noisy etc it stayed with us and then followed us when we moved off

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mixenden Reservoir

Late morning - with snow showers continuing
Just 1 Shelduck
3 Goosander including a male
3 Goldeneye
5 Cormorant
5 Herring Gulls >W

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mixenden Reservoir

This afternoon
2 Shelduck - initially found one bird on the water which then moved on to the top of the embankment then I found another one hiding away on the shoreline just over the banking near the gate. (BS and AT arrived on a 'twitch' ......and it was good to have a chat in the sleet !)
6 Cormorant
Pair of Goldeneye
4 Mallard
A few B H Gulls, though Common Gulls notable by their absence, other than just a few adult birds.
1 Herring Gull flythrough >W
2 Jays and a few Goldfinch
I also checked the woodland plantation in the hope of a Woodcock - what a bog - but all I could find was a Kestrel sheltering from the elements.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Red Grouse behaviour

Posting from Rob G on Sunday 14th Jan. Thanks Rob. An interesting encounter of territorial behaviour !

"...at Walshaw Dean Reservoir this morning at the gate leading up High Rakes!! Refused to let me pass and blocked my progress for about 50 metres up the track. Kept flying at my legs and standing toe to toe with me."

Mixenden Res’r and Fly Flatts

3 Goldeneye (1drake)
2 Cormorant
1 Grey Wagtail
1 ad Great Black- backed Gull >W
c100 B H Gulls but only 6 Common Gulls
60+ Jackdaws
Green Woodpecker flyover towards Ogden

Fly Flatts
20+ Mallard
2 Raven >S
1 x 2nd winter Herring Gull >NW

Withens Head
18 Fieldfare

Saturday, January 13, 2018


A Cormorant in the Calder just upstream of the Huddersfield Road bridge. Not sure how unusual this is is, but I can't recall seeing one here before.

Ogden Garden

Reed Bunting perched on the cotoneaster and on the ground feeder most days in the last 10 day period.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Skircoat Moor

From WG - c30 Redwings on the sports pitch areas yesterday on the lower side of Skircoat Moor near the 'chippy'.
A traditional wintering area  and it's always worth to check for them there as well as in and around Manor Heath Park.