Friday, 17 August 2018

Good Deed for the Day

   The garden and back field have had plenty of Raptor action
   in the last couple of days, Kestrels hunting, Sparrowhawk
   fly through everyday, Peregrine flypast every other day, it
   maybe because of the gathering of Collared Doves and feral
   pigeons that have decided to descend on the garden, 10 Doves
   and 8 Ferals along with the regular finches.

   A juvenile Chaffinch flew into the daughters window last night
   so I had to climb unto the window sill to retrieve it, the poor
   thing was in a bad way but still breathing so I put it in the garden
   and kept my eye on it hoping it would recover, it didn't look good
   as there was blood all around its face and wasn't moving much, I
   then decided to bring it in the house and put it in a box with some
   food and water and it was also warmer and safer for it if it was to
   stand a chance as the neighbours cats were scouting about and the
   Magpies were looking menacing, kept it in there for an hour checking
   every 20 mins and the bird started to improve so I then put ut in the
   garden again, it was trying to eat and walking but still no wing
   movement which wasn't good so brought it back inside, funny thing
   was it seemed to know I was helping as it just walked and perched on
   my hand to put it back in the box, I gave it another couple of hours in
   a dark and quiet spot checking every 20 minutes again, it was trying to
   eat sunflower seeds and some dog food I put down for it and also drinking
   water which was a really good sign but I was still worried about its wings,
    As I was watching TV I heard fluttering from the box so took it outside
   took off the tea towel that Id covered the box with, the bird gave me a
   glance and then up and off she went flying the nearest bushes although
   I still kept my eye on it as it had only flown 10 yards but after 5 minutes
   it took off again and flew into some trees a good distance away,so I was
   well pleased with this happy ending. Good news it turned up again today.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Brighouse to Elland

Took a walk along the canal today from Brighouse to Elland and 
popped down to the river now and again, it was a lovely walk but
a bit gloomy and dark for photography under all the trees, but still I 
managed to spot a few birds along the way, though I didn't get to see
the Sand Martins which was my main aim but only because I got stuck
behind a family along the canal towards where the birds had been seen
and it would've taken me a week to get there at the pace they were going
and no room to pass, so I turned around and headed toward Elland. 

A juvenile Moorhen was on the river Wood Pigeon and Crows and a 
few Gulls were seen at the Brighouse end, down at the beach on the 
way to Cromwell Bottom were Grey Wagtail, Wren, Cormorant, BH Gull,
Treecreeper and a Robin.

On the river opposite the fishing lake were Canada Geese and Gulls, further
up the river on the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve were 6 Goosander,
8 Mallard, 2 Blackcap in the trees and 2 Kingfisher flypasts.

At the viewing area were Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Robin,
Dunnock, Blackbird and Nuthatch. Signs of Otter also seen.

 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, 6 Linnet, Greenfinch, Bats, 
in the backield were Swift, Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk.