Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Soil Hill Raptors












                Sunday nights trip up to Soil Hill turned out eventful after a quiet start to

                the evening, plenty of Meadow Pipits about and Skylark, 3 Curlew and gulls,

                no Ring Ouzel that I'd seen during the day, was hoping to find the Black Redstart

                that had been seen up there but with the Sparrowhawk about anything could've

                happened, it actually snatched a Wren that I was photographing right from under

                my nose, its wing actually hit me on the head, the Long Eared Owl then showed 

                for about 5 minutes which was great to see it hunting.

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Adwick Washlands









      Great day out last week at Adwick Washlands with RH especially getting a good

      view of the Cetti's Warbler, cracking little reserve with plenty to see, Green woodpecker

      was there as soon as we got out of the car, not a big reserve but plenty to see.

      Chiffchaff, Redshank, Buzzard, Kite, Little Owl, GSW, Gadwall, Garganey, Wren

      among the other birds we seen there





Ring Ouzel





Great to see the Ring Ouzel back in Halifax, seems to be a lot of arrivals

this year, this is the male the female was seen by me and DJS but too far

away for a decent pic, 5 were seen up at Wainstalls and 4 at Bradshaw Fields

on the day I was with JL and AC both these fella's are doing a great job at 

spotting birds lately they've taken up the void that  Daniel B left behind.

Thanks for your hard work you two.

Sorry not getting on blog as much but having a lot of trouble uploading

pics onto sites, something wrong with computer but I haven't a clue why.
 

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Cromwell and Cunnery Woods

 Been down to Cromwell a bit lately until it gets too busy

 and then up to Shibden Park & Cunnery Wood.

Managed to get the Firecrest again and a pic of the Chiffchaff

that I'd heard the week before, lots of Buzzard knocking about

and the Green Woodpecker has been very vocal, Siskin and 

Redpoll seem to be disappearing as Ive not seen them for a few

days, the 2 Dipper by the weir have vanished as well, but the river

has got high and fast, a good few Nuthatch and Treecreeper about 

the place and plenty of Goldcrest and Wren about as well.








    Cunnery wood, surprised me this morning as its usually quiet but plenty

    of birds about, Blue, Coal, Great and LT Tits, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch,

   Mistle Thrush, Blackbird and plenty of Wrens knocking about.









Sunday, 7 March 2021

Black Necked Grebe

     Had a run out yesterday with my mate RH and found this belter,

     the Black Necked Grebe I then got a message that one was at Ringstone 

    for the first time in 40 years, story of my life lol. Was over the moon to find

    it but got to be honest I thought they'd be bigger, was quite surprised at how

   small they are but what a beautiful bird, well done to DF for finding the

   Calderdale one, a great find by him.






Friday, 5 March 2021

Busy Buzzard Day







      Went down to the Avocet area yesterday morning for a view, not been down

      that end of Cromwell for a while and glad I did, 4 Goldcrest, Treecreeper,

      2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzards and a Kingfisher flyby.

     Then I strolled up to Cromwell along the river where Goosander were seen,

     another Kingfisher flyby, 4 Jay, 4 Buzzards lots of them about yesterday,

    Redpolls were eating on the ground which I enjoyed watching, Chiffchaff

   and Green Woodpecker were heard but not seen and met a lovely woman

   called Sheelagh on the path towards the viewing area.