Sunday, 31 January 2016

Gloomy Sunday

          Didn't venture out today with the weather being so bad
          windy, rainy and gloomy just a few Goldfinch and a Wood
          Pigeon in the garden a friend of mine reported a Barn Owl
          showing well up at Staveley but nothing heard locally.
          so heres a few pics from the past.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Pepper Hill

           Took a walk around Pepper Hill this afternoon in 60 mph
           gale force winds, first bird I seen was a Sparrowhawk being
           blown about and wishing like I had that he should've stayed
           at home, not one of my wisest moves going for a walk on the
           hills today as not much to be seen either, 20+ Crows,
           10+ Magpies, 8+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch in
           the Brambles and what looked like a Merlin being blown through
           Shibden valley but not a positive ID as it was going faster than
           Lewis Hamilton and the only thing in the sky was a Helicopter.
           Got talking to a nice fella who was the son-in-law of Howard
           Creber a well known birder and he also knew Brian Sumner
           another professional local birder.

                        Thought I'd put a few pics on of last March's treat at Soil Hill
                        the cracking little Snow Bunting.

Monday, 25 January 2016

RSPB Marshside & Martin Mere

      Had a trip out to RSPB Marshside and Martin Mere at Southport
      with the Huddersfield & Halifax RSPB group and had a really good
      day and what a nice set of people they are, they made me very welcome
      and were very friendly and helped me all day with ID's and let me look
      through their scopes, got talking to two great blokes on the coach Mike
      from Gomersall and Linford from Scholes felt like I'd known them for
      years, Mike got his scope viewed on to 2 Peregrine Falcons m&f and let
      me have a look so was well chuffed.


      Marshside had plenty of birdlife but all at a distance so the pics aren't the
      best and it was very dark and gloomy, first sighting was a Sparrowhawk on
      lamppost on the motorway but at Marshside it was 10+ Oystercatchers and
      Bar Tailed Godwit, lots of Shelduck and even some Skylark in the marsh,
      50+ Pink Footed Geese flew in and landed but were spooked when a Merlin
      flew low over them, 1000's of Knot & Dunlin were doing a murmaration
      with Blackpool Tower in the background and 50+ Cormorants having a
      meeting at the edge of the beach rest of birds seen were-:

     Whooper Swans, Pintails, Curlews, Little Egrets, Lapwings, Herons,
     Greylags, Goldeneye, Scaup, Shovellers, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon,
     Little Grebe, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtails and some I've forgotten and all in the
     first hour.

               Martin Mere-:

                Wasn't expecting much here as it was full of screaming kids but how
                wrong I was, nearly every wader and duck you could imagine in one
                place is here and when dusk arrived it was amazing especially at the
                outer hides, 2 Buzzards soaring, 3 Barn Owls hunting which was
                fantastic to see, 2 Marsh Harriers spooking all the geese, 2 Tawny
                Owls roosting and even a Ruff  turned up on the water I bet its even
                better at this place midweek. 1000's of Whoopers here but didn't spot
                a Bewick.