Friday, June 30, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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I'm pleased to report that this project is now officially underway! The contract was signed today and Gordon plus Ann Blackburn received the ceremonial £10,000 cheque from GBN at Jerusalem Farm today (the project is centred on Luddenden Dean, to complement Andre Raine's PhD study). Many thanks to Gordon D for representing the Bird Group, who are the lead partner in the project. The next steps will be taken on 6th July, 7.30pm, same venue.
Is anyone else finding an influx of breeding blackbirds this year?
Here in Queensbury there are more breeding pairs than ever before with what seems to be a pair in nearly every garden. This is a newly fledged youngster behind my works garage where there are 3 pairs. BS
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
At 20.05PM yesterday he obseverd a very dark heron flying north west over Northowram, its size was similar to a Grey Heron, but not having any binoculars on him he could not be entirly sure. His attention was also drawn to a dangling leg which the bird then straightend in flight.
It is known that a Purple Heron was at Old Moor, Barnsley the previous day but not seen there on 14th.Its probably less than 20 miles in a straight line between the two sites so could he have seen the Barnsley bird flying over ??
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
c60 adult Canada Geese, 4 broods of young.
13 Black-headed Gulls, all adults.
Pair Oystercatchers flying towards Walshaw Dean.
c60 adult Canada Geese, only 1 brood of 3 chicks seen.
Curlew around in reasonable numbers.
c50 adult Canada Geese, 4 broods.
Willow Warblers singing in plantation.
Stonechat heard on hillside near plantation, not located.
Pied Wagtail with 3 fledged juveniles by outflow stream.
Adult Grey Wagtail briefly in same area.
Mistle Thrush gathering food, flew to trees near res keepers house.
Common Sandpiper heard, not located (very little exposed shoreline at the moment).
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
i doubt if anyone here will know me because i have been keeping a low profile birderwise and have only really come to light because of this sighting and the need to share it.
the sighting was yesterday (9th) evening along sowerby road near the cricket pitch. i was travelling parallel with it in my car (which made for an exhilarating ride!) and got within 10 metres of it as it was following the road for a large section. the car behind didnt know what on earth i was doing and ws probably getting very irrate!
unfortunately i got the impression it was passing thru as it was not feeding- but you never know! going up there today just to check. i hope someone else can catch it as it is a spectacular bird - good luck!
look forward to meeting some of you
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Canada Geese with 4 young.
F Mallard with 3 young.
Adult Moorhen on top dam.
Wren with at least one newly fledged juvenile.
c15 adult Canada Goose.
1 adult Redshank.
Swallows, Starlings feeding, no juvs obvious.
Also, Chiffchaff singing in trees N of Tod railway station.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Yellow L Gull 1 adult
L B B Gull 2 parties of 16 and 21
B h Gull 15
L R Plover 4
Common Sand 2
Sunday, June 04, 2006
NUTHATCH 1 adult feeding 2 young
REDSTART 1 male
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER 4 including 1 pair at a nest hole feeding young
COAL TIT 1 pair
WILLOW WARBLER 7
BLACKCAP 1 male
Pair with 2 fledged chicks watched Sunday morning, with a 2nd male singing not far away.
Sorry about the photo quality - this sort of shot is not ideal for my crude digiscoping set-up.
Location undisclosed, contact Nick C for details (unless the Editor is happy for me to post it here?).