Monday, February 28, 2011

Wainstalls and Luddenden Dean

We found just 1 Brambling behind the Delvers this afternoon (6 there earlier in the day thanks to NK) but the finch flock was very flighty.

1 Merlin paced through north as we neared the 'caty' but the rest of the dean was fairly quiet until we got to the lower lodge area and the eastern hillside where there were loads of Blue and Great Tits, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Nuthatch along with Chaff's Goldfinches and Coal Tits - probably all being helped with the feeders in a nearby garden.

10+ Reed Buntings were around the top lodge at the end of Castle Carr Road but there were no sign of any waders on the moor as we walked back to Wainstalls.

Luddendenfoot Bat

As promised, and thanks to Steve Greenbank for the photo, here is the bat that thinks it's a bird. Photo was taken around midday over Luddendenfoot Heronry.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cold Edge and Fly Flats

This afternoon at Cold Edge;
1 male Stonechat by Moorlands Farm
1 Curlew singing
1 Golden Plover
6 Lapwings
25 Fieldfare
4 Greylags and 4 Canada Geese
1 pair Tufted Duck

Fly Flatts
1 Red Grouse
1 pr Canada Geese
6 Carrion Crows - and that was it!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Nests and Territories

Apart from our local Herons....anybody seen any other nest-building or territorial activity?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Various sites

Swales Moor (am)
12 Skylark
c25 Linnet
1 Twite
1 Reed Bunting
1 Pied Wagtail

1 Green Woodpecker

Mixenden Res'r
1 Goosander
1 f Goldeneye
1 Green Woodpecker

Shroggs Road (reclaimed landfill site)
50+ Siskin + 1 Lesser Redpoll
7 Redwings

Cold Edge (pm)
3 Oystercatchers on the top dam
2 Tufted Duck
4 Greylag Geese and 2 Canadas
1 Peregrine over

Withens Head
1 Little Owl

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Herons 'n' Bats

Filming Herons building their nests at Luddendenfoot this morning. Looks like 6 active nests this year...certainly 5. Only one pair building as the others were sitting already with their partners out fishing somewhere.

Interestingly, the pair that were building had a third bird perched by the nest playing gooseberry. I assume that this was one of last years youngsters as it didn't appear to be competing for the attention of either of the two nest-builders.

Even more curious was a day-flying bat that I first saw around 11.45 flying above the tree canopy. I didn't manage to get any footage unfortunately, but a visiting birder, (S. Greenbank), managed to get a still as it cleared the trees. The bat was quite large with a rufus body and was still in the air at around 2.00 in the afternoon.

I have asked him to try to post a picture after he returns home.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mixenden Res'r

1 female Goldeneye

4 Goosander

1 Cormorant

2 adult L B B Gulls with 20 Common Gulls and 40 B H Gulls

Mixenden Res'r

1 female Goldeneye
4 Goosander
1 Cormorant
2 adult L B B Gulls with 20 Common Gulls and 40 B H Gulls

Swales Moor

Usual suspects this morning including the colour ringed Twite still there, but no Linnets.

Moving birds
1 Curlew >SW
1 Sparrowhawk >NW
12 Common Gulls >NW

Ogden Garden

A flock of 20 Waxwings in a tree in next door's garden this afternoon.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Todmorden today

7 Lapwing at Longfield Pond along with 8 Mallard and about 20 Canada Geese.

A Kestrel was being mobbed by a Crow over Gauxholme, and a Raven flew over Ramsden Clough reservoir going West.

Round and about....

3 Mute Swan at Triangle,1 Shelduck , 25 Lapwing and a peregrine at Ringstone

Mixenden and Ogden (golf course)

3 Tufted Duck were on Mixenden res'r this afternoon along with 2 adult L B B Gulls and 40 mixed B h and Common Gulls
1 Green Woodpecker
6 Stock Dove
c60 Woodpigeons

c25 Waxwings were feeding on insects from the tree tops near the old fish-farm pond just below Ogden golf course. These probably included some of the birds seen earlier in the day at Ogden car park. They flew back towards Ogden late afternoon to roost.

Various sites

Swales Moor (still in the thick fog this morning - it seems to have been foggy all winter up here!!)
The colour ringed Twite (present at this site since 28th Dec 2010) is still there with 4 Linnets today. Sean Grey came back to me on the bird's ringing origin - it was ringed at Heysham in 2010 - many thanks Sean.
Also present
10 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit
1 Reed Bunting
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Grey Partridge
c60 carrion Crows

Moving birds >NE included 1 Skylark, 4 Golden Plover (2,1 and 1) and 1 Curlew

Green Woodpecker over Ploughcroft

Huddersfield Birdwatchers Club

I have received an invite today from Alf King (Hudds BW) for members of Halifax Birdwatchers Club to attend their next meeting on 8th March to sell our report. The meeting will be held in The Old Court Room in Huddersfield Town Hall beginning at 7.30 pm and will include a talk by Paul Hobson entitled "The Wood".

Brighouse & Hartshead

Male Mandarin on the canal.
Grey Wagtail & G S Woodpecker in Wellholme Park
2 singing Yellowhammers near Hartshead
2 Little Owls at Kirklees Park
2 pairs of Bullfinches
c40 Siskins with a few Redpoll in amongst

Waxwings and Curlew

About 20 Waxwing were in the car park area at Ogden this lunch time. (P.R.)
Also a curlew flew low overhead calling. (B.H.)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tree Sparrows hit the Press

Press release from Calderdale Council re Tree Sparrow Project at Jay House Lane. Not sure about the "hundred or so" but I believe a visit last week estimated 40 to 50 so maybe our box work is paying off.

The Birds and the Bees

Can I bring blog readers attention to the next meeting of the Halifax Scientific Society which will be a talk by Edie Jolley and Charlotte Weightman covering hay meadow management (particularly in the in-bye areas) and the value of these habitats to wildlife including birds and bees. As CBCG members will know Charlotte worked with us on the Seeds Project and is now working with RSPB on the Twite Recovery Project which is continuing this work. The meeting will be held on 8th March at Halifax Central Library meeting room (downstairs) beginning at 7-15pm.

Bird Report update

Apologies to the birder who visited Woodlesford News today for a report and they didnt have any, they had just sold out. Ive now delivered a further 20 copies. Im now starting to work on the 2010 report so if anybody hasnt subbmitted there records yet then do so asap.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lee Dam Pochard

I took a few photos of the drake Pochard at Lee Dam as it was a new species there. Here's one of them. David T suggested it may be a hybrid as I'd stated in my previous post that its plumage wasn't as I'd expect at this time of year - what do people think?


Swales Moor

I braved the site in the mist again this afternoon - surely it will turn up a Snow Bunting soon!!
10 Skylark
1 Meadow Pipit
2 Reed Buntings
2 Grey Partridge
No sign of the Linnet flock or the Twite today and the Little Owl spot was shrouded in mist!

Lee Dam

A drake Pochard in patchy, eclipse-like plumage (a bit late for eclipse I'd have thought but it was not the usual resplendent male plumage you normally see in late winter) at Lee Dam - a new species for this site. One redhead Goosander also present.

A Mute Swan flew over the Rochdale Canal near Lobb Mill, Todmorden, heading towards Hebden Bridge.



1 pair Goldeneye showing well at Ogden despite the gloom.
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Oystercatcher 20/02/11

1 at Elland Gravel Pits this morning being given a hard time by the Black-headed Gulls present.

Shibden Valley

Saturday 19th February 9:00 - snowing.

Shibden Park
6 Jackdaw, 1 magpie, 2 woodpigeon, 1 grey wagtail.
On the lake 77 mallard, 6 moorhen, 45 BH gull and 1 canada goose.
22 long tailed tit, 1 great tit, 2 blue tit.
6 treecreeper including 3 on one tree.
6 goldcrest, 3 wren, 1 robin, 4 blackbird, 2 GS woodpecker.

Cunnery Wood & Beacon Hill
1 jay, 1 kestrel, singing bullfinch.

It's difficult to check the lake out now as the owner has stopped public access to the area. The only views are from the footpath overlooking the lake.
3 teal, 1 moorhen, 1 coot.
2 GS woodpecker, 1 jay, 3 magpie, 2 robin, 7 long tailed tit, 2 carrion crow.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Beer, biriyani and birds

Just a reminder about the night out this coming Friday (25th). All still welcome. The plan is to meet around 6:30 - 7:00 for drinks in the Brandy Wine pub at Luddendenfoot (HX2 6AD for all you sat' navvers) then upstairs to the New Moonlight Indian Restaurant around 7:45 - 8:00.

The more the merrier. And again, if you are not able to make it this time we can of course do it again, either at the same location or a different one.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Swales Moor

This morning in the mist;
The single colour ringed Twite is still there in the Linnet flock of c35 birds. This Twite has been there since at least 28th December 2010. I haven't had any information back from the BTO yet on the origins of this bird!
10 Skylarks
2 Reed Bunting
2 Grey Partridge
1 Stock Dove

Out of area

The Hawfinch has been showing well all week at St. Ives, Bingley. Best seen near the kids play area/near the mansion house.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Forest sell off plan abandoned (?)

See link below, well done to everyone who took the time to sign petitions, write e mails to MPs etc. and I guess well done to the government for listening to the people. Lets not take anything for granted though and keep an eye on this one, we don't want something similar sneaking through a back door quietly in the future.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Home to Hebden Bridge (and back)

41 Redwing in the field on way to Strait Hey this morning
over 150 Fieldfare in fields by Pennine Way towards Lower Rough Head, mixed in with about 100 Starling

Little Owl on wall about 1/2 mile further towards Hebden Bridge
5 LT Tit, 13 Pied Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail at Eastwood WTW

Not much else of note apart from bumping into Mr and Mrs Sutcliffe, Mr Dawtrey and Mr Walker later on. I recovered OK from the bump.

Fishing Lake.Brookfoot

Brighouse Angling has decided to revoke my membership on the grounds that it is not for birdwatchers but for fishing only. The fact I have had recent words with the shooter Alan Pounder has nothing to do with this decision. All birders in this area should be aware they have a permit to shoot 2 Cormorants per annum but the bailiff and Pounder are of the opinion that if it eats fish they will shoot at it. Pounder has also been seen to take pot shots at birds just flying over and I am not sure if this is allowed Any comments welcome by E/mail or on the blog.Finish off with 2 Recent Blackbird shots in the garden.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mixenden Res'r

1 drake Goosander and 1 drake Goldeneye and that was it there this afternoon apart from c70 Black headed Gulls and c40 Common Gulls

Luddenden Foot

3 Dippers together this morning below the bridge over the Calder, singing like mad and chasing about.
1 Grey Wagtail and a Peregrine nearby but not much else on the Calder or the canal.

"Local Wildlife Sites" - a new designation

West Yorkshire Ecology our Local Records Centre have been asked to review the criteria used for selecting areas that are considered of value in the sub-region. A revised system for designating “Local Wildlife Sites” will replace the existing systems for Sites of Ecological/Geological Importance (SEGI), Sites of Scientific Interest (SSI), Bradford Wildlife Areas (BWA), Site of Wildlife Significance (SWS) and Wakefield Nature Areas (WNA). Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) are sites that are less important than SSSI, SPA etc. and are being named LWS to replace the multiple names that are currently used for such sites in West Yorkshire. The benefits to be derived from designating these sites are:

The planning process – an assumption would be made that they will not developed
Grant funding – stewardship etc. would be more likely to be allowed on such sites
They should be sites local groups should all concentrate on, be this for birds, mammals, plants etc.

The proposed criteria for designating these sites have been published on the WYE website see
The CBCG intend to comment on these criteria but we would welcome input from all local naturalists, once set this system will be applied to any site considered of value to see if it qualifies for designation therefore it is very important that the criteria are correct. Closing date for representations is 21st February so I would appreciate any comments before then.


Possible Mealy Redpoll?

There were 9 Redpolls in the garden this morning consisting of 3 male Lesser Redpoll, 5 female Lesser Redpoll, and this one below the Goldfinch on the feeder. It didn't hang around very long so only managed 2 photos through the window. The other photo was useless so haven't posted it:
Given the overall paler colouring I thought it could be a Mealy Redpoll. On the other hand it may just be a leucistic Lesser Redpoll - but the red patch on the head is the right colour so perhaps this rules out leucism? Comparing it to a Lesser Redpoll (top left of the photo, out of focus) it is obviously much paler. It also appeared slightly larger than the Lesser Redpolls, but this may be because it was lighter and stood out from the rest so markedly. I'd appreciate your thoughts please.

In the field behind the house were about 150 Starling and mixed in with them were 31 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Swales Moor etc

17 Skylark in a single flock on the former manure field was a nice surprise this afternoon
1 Twite
c35 Linnet
1 Pied Wagtail
2 Reed Bunting
1 Grey Partridge
1 Little Owl at Ploughcroft was a first there this year

Yesterday afternoon I had a look at High Royd SF - it was a poor afternoon and could only find;
4 Teal
2 Coot
5 Moorhen
10 Mallard
200+ Jackdaws headed over towards a roost

Bird Report 2009

At last the bird report is out, it seems to have taken an age this time but I hope its been worth waiting for. Ive used Sean Johnsons Yellowhammer on the front cover, it won most peoples vote. Many thanks to all who submitted records, Im sorry if I missed anybody out of the contributors and sorry if your photos dont make it but I can only use so many. At the moment its on sale at Woodlesford News Agents at Pellon / Mount Tabor and Matt is going to sell them at Flying Saucers at Hebden Bridge, Nick Carter will be selling them by post when hes picked them up from me. Now all I have to do is to make a start on the 2010 report, here we go again. Good birding to all for 2011 and thanks again if you contributed

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Very quiet this morning.
Ski Lake. 5 Goosander, 6 Cormorant, 1 Goldeneye(M), 2 Little Grebe, c75 B/H/Gulls, 9 Common Gulls, 1 Grey Heron.
Reedbed Lagoon. 2 Little Grebe singing, 2 Coot, 3 Reed Buntings.
Cromwell car park had 2 Nuthatch extracting peanuts and hiding them and the tip top about 20 Redpolls.


20 Golden Plover + 46 Lapwing in East Field. 3m + 8f Goosander; 6m + 2f Mallard; c60BHG on res.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Three Woodcock flushed from the moor at Great Manshead Hill, Soyland this afternoon. Not much else about but four Grouse & Corvids.

Todmorden Waxwings

Late post, I'm afraid, but 8 Waxwings were on Wellington Road at 1630 on Friday 11th.
Could not spot them there or in the town centre this morning, however.

Lesser Spotted woodpecker

A lesser spotted woodpecker was herd today several times calling in one of the woods near EGP  about 3.30.and a Water rail was herd alarm calling at dusk on lagoon 1.

Ogden Water

A raven flew over this morning and departed in the direction of the old Withens pub

Friday, February 11, 2011

2009 Report

Nick D has asked me to post on the blog that he has just got the 2009 Halifax Birdwatchers Club Report back from the printers this afternoon.

From this Sunday they will be available for £5 from Woodlesford Newsagents, Moor End Road near Mount Tabor.

Further details will follow for anyone needing any to be sent in the post.

Well done Nick

2009 Report

Nick has asked me to post on the blog that 2009 Report has arrive d from the printers this afternoon

Various sites

This morning - in the mist!
Luddenden Foot
2 Dippers on the Calder and several Goosander

Mixenden Res'r
2 Goosander

Swales Moor
5 Skylark
1 Reed Bunting
No sign of the Linnet flock

Elland GP
4 Little Grebes and 7 Cormorants on the ski lake and a few Goosanders
On the planted landfill site the Alders and Birch's were busy with feeding Redpolls (mainly Lesser but several Mealy Redpolls in with them) also lots of Siskin, a few Reed Buntings and Goldfinch - in all probably around 150 birds. This flock is well worth a look at!

Shroggs - former landfill site
I tramped across the large flat boggy grassland this afternoon to check for Snipe, or possibly Jack Snipe but there was nothing doing.
A bonus was 3 Brambling along with some Bullfinch in the scrubland near Brackendbed Lane.

Hartshead hedgerows

There were 7 Yellowhammers in the hedgerow (right on our boundary) below Hartshead this pm; then 5 flew from the bush - and 7 were still there. So a dozen was an unusual total for this site. Plus a pair of Bullfinches in the same bush.
The traditional site at Bradley Hall is only a mile and a half away, and the hedgerow there has been savagely cut back, leaving little cover: maybe some of these birds were displaced from there ?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brighouse canal

A cheeky Dipper was trying to hitch a ride on a narrowboat in the canal baisin this morning, (sorry about the blurred photo) but then had second thoughts and ran across the mooring rope to the bank.
A few yards away a male Mandarin was putting on an impressive (and noisy) display to the Mallards; maybe it will find a willing female again this year.
A total of 131 Mallards were on the stretch of canal through the town centre.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Crimsworth Dean

Very quiet for birds in the dean today even though the weather picked up a bit from 11.30 ish

92 Pink-footed Geese headed west at 11.05
1 Green Woodpecker
2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers
1 Nuthatch
2 Grey Partridge higher up the dean
19 Fieldfare
10 Mistle Thrush (and singing)
1 Common Buzzard at a distance high over the moor

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Greetland and Ringstone Res'r

30 Waxwings in trees opposite Sunnybank Drive in Saddleworth Road, Greetland at 3.15 this afternoon, by the school.
c40 Lapwings at Rigstone Res'r

Wainstalls/Cold Edge

10+ Brambling there around 09.30 in with the finch flock of around 80+ behind the 'Delvers' but nothing there when we returned at 12.30!
1 Common Buzzard >SE towards the Calder Valley around 12.15

Cold Edge
9 Greylag Geese
3 Fieldfare
25 Starlings
3 Skylarks high >E plus another in a field near Cold Edge Road near the Withens
No Little Owls

Copley development - CBCG vote re objection

Of the 15 people eligible to vote on this issue, 2 didn't reply to requests, 2 abstained and the remaining 11 all voted for the CBCG to formally object to the planning application. Many thanks to those that took part, the CBCG will now formulate an objection.

Please note that individuals can support or object to any planning applications via the planning pages on the Calderdale Council website.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mixenden and Swales Moor

Getting a bit repetative up this end at the moment!!
3 Goosander
1 f Goldeneye
25 B H Gulls and 2 Common Gulls
18 Magpies together

Swales Moor
c40 Linnet still about on the top but it was too windy to locate any Twite with them
5 Skylark
2 Meadow Pipits
2 Reed Buntings
1 Grey Partridge
1 Kestrel

Langfield and Gaddings Dam

Walked over to Langfield and up to Gaddings this morning while there was a "fresh wind" blowing but no rain. Nothing to speak of around Langfield, not even a Wren, but when I reached Gaddings I was surprised to put up 2 drake Goldeneye that had been on the water in the calmest part of the dam. As I left I got wet with the spray that was blowing over the dam wall, which was OK as it prepared me for the rain that started soon afterwards.

 A Goldcrest and a pair of Canada Geese were at Lee Dam. Two female Goosander were there yesterday.

A pair of Bullfinch, 8 Redpoll, 5 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch and 10 Chaffinch were in the garden earlier, keeping their heads down out of the wind.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Hollas Lane - Sterne mills

In view of the proposed developments on this site, I thought it might be useful to visit the area to gather a few records.
Okay, it isn't the best time of year to do this, and the weather was pretty wet and miserable, but records are needed from this site to back-up any objections being made to the proposed development on ecological/wildlife grounds.

The area I managed to cover with Nick D, only included the area between the canal and the river as time was limited and access across the footbridge was, as we all know, blocked by galvanised railings.

The "grassed area" to the west of the "hard-standing" was quite boggy with mossy areas and sections of sedge, bramble and scrub. There were bark chippings in various places, suggesting recent shrub/tree removal (?).
Unfortunately, neither of us had wellies, so were not able to do an extensive flush of the wet areas.
Species that I would expect to find would be Snipe and Jack Snipe, but we only managed to flush one Woodcock.
The commoner passerines that we listed included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow with between 4 and 7 Goosander on the river and 30 or so Mallard with the occasional Black-headed Gull passing overhead or on nearby fields. Sparrowhawks hunt in the area as evidenced by a Woodpigeon kill. Moles were also present.

This area may have potential for Willow Tit, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chifchaff, Willow Warbler, Dipper and Grey Wagtail so is worth paying more attention to.

Historically, this area, presumably along the railway, was an important Yellowhammer site but none have been reported from here in recent years.

On the south side of the river, there may be habitat suitable for Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Water Rail, so is worthy of further investigation.

A couple of Grayling anglers that I spoke to told me that Kingfisher sightings were regular on that part of the river, as were sightings of both, Mink and Otter. They also told me that Newt spp were present in the marshy areas on the other side of the bridge whilst I would not be too surprised to find Common Toad in the area due to the proximity of Washer Lane.

I would be grateful if other birders could give this area some closer attention to discover what we are in danger of losing.

There are many other valid objections being put forward against this development besides those based on its natural history, but if any objections are to made on a natural history context, we do need data relating to those species currently present. So get out there, and get looking.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Waxwing Ringing Update

Just received the following from Ray Duncan which might be of some interest to local birders:

Hi David,
What can I say but thank you very much for your perseverance on this one. Thanks for trawling through your photos (saved another trip out in the rain?!) A young male with no previous sightings.

Light Green Blue Green
BTO No NW50229
Ringing Date 28/11/10
Location Claremont Gardens, Nellfield, Aberdeen

Light Green Blue Green
BTO No NW50229
Re-Sighting Date 04/02/11
Location Sainsbury's, Mill Lane, Brighouse, W.Yorksh (SE147227)

Distance Travelled 384km South
Resighting. PHOTOGRAPH

Attached is a map of ringing results so far from this winter. Way out of date already due to yours and several other sightings in the past few days but will happily update ASAP. You’ll see loads have gone very far south, some appeared to get to the south coast within a week or two of ringing.
So it is very interesting to know that some individuals like your bird are still relatively far north.

Any further sightings will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again.
Keep up the good work.
Best wishes,

Raymond Duncan

(On behalf of Grampian Ringing group)

Colour-ringed Waxwings in Brighouse

At least 2 Waxwing of the 70 present around Sainsbury's in Brighouse from 08:15hrs until 09:20hrs at least had a white coloured ring and BTO ring on right leg with 3 different coloured rings on left leg. One of the birds present had light green, dark blue and what looked like dark green on it's left leg, not sure about the other bird though.

I contacted Grampian Ringing Group after going on the Euring website and Raymond Duncan of the Grampian Ringing Group emailed me to say that the bird identified with coloured rings on left leg was ringed near the centre of Aberdeen on 28 November 2010. The other bird with white ring and BTO ring on right leg was also ringed somewhere in NE Scotland between the end of October 2010 and end of November 2010.

The flock of Waxwings spent a good deal of time at the top of a very large silver birch tree just north of the dual carriageway across the road from Sainsbury's (ie nearer the centre of Brighouse) occasionally flying down en-masse to a small ornamental Sorbus which had a rapidly diminishing number of pale orange berries on it.

This particular tree was being jealously guarded by a pair of Mistle Thrush which had a fair amount of success scaring the Waxwing away most of the time.

Really aggressive behaviour by both Mistle Thrush at times

This particular scene was played out at least half a dozen times whilst I was there, but occasionally the Waxwings simply overwhelmed the Mistle Thrush.

The weather early this morning couldn't have been worse for photography unfortunately but somehow the Waxwings still looked good despite the drenching.

They show incredible agility for a Starling sized bird.

What an amazing bird, clearly not phased at all by the shoppers and incessant traffic around them, I got a bit of a soaking but it was worth it.

Various sites

Checked out some of the local spots thinking something could have come in with the gales!
Mixenden Res'r
14 Goosander
1 pr Goldeneye
1 Cormorant
1 Grey Heron
1 Treecreeper

Ogden Res'r
3 red head Goosanders

Elland GP
1 Cormorant
6 Tufted Duck
20+ Goosander

Brighouse - Sainsbury's car park
75 Waxwing reported there mid-morning (SL) after 30 reported there about 8.15 (JW)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Outside our area

Hawfinch at St Ives estate Bingley seen today as reported on Bradford Ornothological's Group link. I think the first report was at the site on 30th Jan - a great find!

Various sites

Swales Moor (am)
40 Linnet
4 Skylark
2 Reed Bunting
2 Meadow Pipit
1 Sparrowhawk
4 Herring Gulls >W

Mixenden Res'r
Good to see NK and DP checking the site out
24 Goosander
2 Cormorant
2 f Goldeneye
1 L B B Gull along with c145 mixed Black-headed and Common Gulls
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Lee Mount
1 Common Buzzard through >W towards Pellon at 1 pm mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows

Hardly any finches behind the Delvers this afternoon

Cold Edge
1 Grey Heron
1 Moorhen
Hardly any birds about this afternoon in the strong westerly wind !


24 around Sainsbury's Brighouse again this morning at 08:15hrs.Favouring a tree by Wharf Street. I can't see any trees or bushes with berries on them immediately around there but 2 Mistle Thrush were also present nearby so I can assume there must be a food source close by.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ogden and Mixenden Res'rs

We checked the lodge feeders and surrounding area to see if we could locate the Marsh/Willow Tit sighting from NK yesterday - without success. Plenty of Blue, Great, Coal Tits and Chaff's along with 3 Jays and 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers and 1 Wren. No wildfowl other than 14 Canadas and the usual Mallard.
1 Dipper in the stream near the golf course club-house

Mixenden Res'r - late afternoon
22 Goosander - the drakes look stunning!
2 Cormorant
1 Sparrowhawk


There was a noisy flock of around 16 Siskin in
Old Skircoat Green yesterday pm.


15 near Sainsburys in Brighouse at 08:20hrs today flew off south over the river in the direction of Mike's house.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Kirklees Hall & Bradley Woods

There were 30+ Siskins in a noisy flock at the edge of the Estate this am, and a mixed flock - c20
of Chaffinches and Bramblings across the other side of the path (the Calderdale Way).
No sign of the Little Owls, but one seen yesterday at Bradley Hall Farm.
Bradley Woods were surprisingly quite, with a Nuthatch, and 26 Redwings over the fields nearby.
A noisy, flighty flock of c 20 Sparrows turned out be House Sparrows.....

Attention CBCG members

Please note that a closing date has been set of 7 February for those paid up members who wish to vote on the proposal that the Group objects to the Copley/Sowerby Bridge development planning application (which is due to be submitted in mid February).

Forest sell off - update

The vote is tommorrow, e mail your MP by following the link below

It's quick and easy to do with a suggested ready prepared text if you don't have time to write your own.

Hedgerow restoration at Jay House Lane

As part of the Tree Sparrow Restoration Project, work will soon start on restoring the hedgerow on the south side of Jay House Lane. This will involve hedge laying, to encourage thicker growth, and planting up of the gaps. The works will be done this winter and next and will be undertaken by the voluntary group, Forest of Bradford.

If you would like to help on Tuesday 22nd February or Wednesday 23rd just turn up at 10:00. No special equipment needed, just sensible clothing.

Please let Robin Dalton or me know if you have any queries.