Monday, 19 October 2020

Pink Footed Geese Migration

 Some pics I took of the 1000's of Pink Footed Geese

 that flew over Calderdale the other day, a fantastic

 sight even the neighbours were impressed, also lots

 of Redwing & Fieldfare were flying over, garden had

 50+ Goldfinch and 2 Wren and the regular visitors,

 2 Jay have started to be seen regularly in the back field,

 and a Raptor what looked like a Harrier being harassed by

 a Raven high up above Claremount, it was late so all I got

 was silhouettes but the Raven could be heard Kronking.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Redwing Bonanza

 Took a trip to Oxenhope watchpoint on Monday morning

 to see the migration flocks after an invite by HC and I really

 enjoyed it DB was also up there with his vast amount of

 knowledge, 2 Raven, 600+ Redwing with a few Fieldfare

mixed in with them, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 16 Goldfinch, a

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon chasing Jackdaws and pigeons,

it was bitter cold but thanks for the invite and company HC.

The afternoon produced 3 Stonechat on Hag Lane and the 

garden had LTT's , 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Chaffinch,

Wren, Robin, Mistle Thrush, Starlings, Blue, Great and Coal

Tits, 4 Greenfinch, Sparrowhawk in the evening, and a couple

of Blackbird.

This morning was a bonanza of the same birds in the garden,

a Jay flypast 3 times and 200+ Redwing flew over the back

field also known as Pepper Hill flying East towards Shibden 

Park. also 2 Collared Doves and a Wren and Dunnock.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

In Search of the HOOPOE

  Took a trip to Collingham nr Wetherby on Wednesday

   to look for a reported Hoopoe a bird that Ive never seen,

   after tooing and froing whether to go or not I thought I'd

   better have a go as I might never get to see one again, so

   I set off hopeful and how glad was I that I made the effort

   the bird showed as soon as I got out of the car, what a beauty

   and such a compromising bird, had a half hour watching it,

   until the throngs of birders and snappers turned up even blocking

   the road so I thought its time for me to disappear, but what a 

   delightful bird and well worth the effort.



Black Redstart


    Had a report last week of a Black Redstart up at Soil Hill

    so had to go have a look for myself, 3 birders were

   already up there DjS, AT, GR was nice to see them,

   bird showed at a distance the first 5 minutes up there, 

   but then had to wait an hour for it to return, was only

  a young one but still nice to see even at distance.


Friday, 11 September 2020

Studley Park & Staveley NR

 Took a trip out to Studley Deer Park at Ripon

 for a change with my mate Roy H., was surprised

 how quiet it was for bird life though but was great 

to see the deers.  Popped into Staveley NR for half

hour on way home, lots of Cormorant seen and a 

Red Kite flyover and a distant Marsh Harrier.