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Friday, August 26, 2016

Local migrant check. Jammy Fold, Taylor Lane, Roper Lane, Ogden.

            Unusual visitors to Ogden, around 12 Greenfinch
                                      1 of 3 Cormorant, Ogden


                                   Ogden shoreline
      Blackcaps in passerine alley





A good send off for the mototcyclist killed
at Mytholmroyd when bikers used our
car park today getting ready to follow
the cortege . A moving sight.

Late afternoon and a wander around Jammy Fold for migrants followed by Taylor Lane and Roper Lane. This evenings dog walk took me to Ogden.

Jammy Fold held around 6 Willow Warblers, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Blackbirds and several Linnets.
Taylor Lane was poor other than several Meadow Pipits in the Cuckoo field.
Roper Lane watch point failed to produce Redstart in the usual area but here again several Meadow pipits were grouping ready for the off.
A group of 44 Canada geese were down near Bradshaw pond whilst a steady flow of Swallows headed >SW.

Ogden produced well this evening with the unusual sighting of around a dozen Greenfinch on the Rose Hips near passerine alley, not a common bird for Ogden.
The Rowans by the alley were alive with Gt Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and at least 3 female Blackcaps along with 3 Willow Warblers.
No waders around the shoreline so just down to 3 Cormorant, c100 BH gulls and 2 LBB gulls.

A good report today from IH, BOG, of an Osprey over his patch at Keighley Moor this morning which he watched fly down over TMR and Denholme Clough until it was lost below the horizon heading for Queensbury, Nice one Ian
BS

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oxenhope reservoir, members only.

                                   Waiting for the fog to lift
                                    Wheres the water gone ?
            Mist lifting to reveal very little shoreline
      Down to a grassy strip after the heavy rain
                 Gulls spooked
                                    Some to sift through





           Several moving Meadow Pipits ground hopping.

Back to some decent reservoir weather today although the rain was on the heavy side and the fog was on the thick side but with these conditions it was well worth a try.
On arrival at 1500 hrs the rain had eased and the fog was just starting to lift with the reservoir right on the cloud base so the water was clear but anything above was blanked off. By the time I,d walked on to the hide another massive bank of fog had rolled in staying for around 20 minutes before lifting leaving misty but watchable conditions.
                                                          The shoreline had almost gone with the sand and pebble area under water leaving just a long grassy strip but enough to attract the birds down.
Gull numbers were down with c300 LBB, c 150 BHG and 22 Herring gull including 1 adult Yellow Legged.
172 Lapwing were along the waters edge whilst 3 Dunlin, 4 Snipe and a single Ringed Plover were in the distant SW corner.
Canadas and Greylags have now left the area leaving around 30 Mallard.
Swallows were again moving strongly >SW with a constant stream throughout and the first signs of early Meadow Pipits was apparent with several moving over >W and a good number ground hopping, working their way along the banking  before heading off west over the Nab.
                                                    Good to bump into fellow birder Keith Moir as I was leaving who had noted the weather and had the same thoughts as me and even the same target bird in mind, Greenshank which was not to be.  Greenshank was a regular passage visitor years ago with up to half a dozen being a regular sight on the banking but has now become a rare bird. With reports of some moving through the area we may drop lucky over the weekend.

My last Oxenhope Greenshanks were 4 fly overs and 2 on the deck, 24/08/2013


BS

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back ,but not with a bang

                    This was the fly situation at Jammy Fold

              1 of 5 moulting Robins below Ned Hill track
     3 Wheatear in the same area, very distant

                 50 + Swallows on wires, Syke Lane

No birding or blog yesterday due to me volunteering to take daughter Rachel to Calderdale hospital for a post baby check, bad move. We arrived for appointment at 1700 hours and arrived home at 2300 hours after two 15 minutes examinations and over five hours waiting in between to see the doctor.

Just over 1 hours birding today, mainly on a migrant search, was very hard work, only managing to scrat a handful of birds together at 3 locations.

Jammy Fold provided a Spotted Flycatcher briefly in the same place as last years 2 but the bird disappeared into a garden not to be re located. Also present were 6 Blackbirds, 2 Robins, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warblers.

Ned Hill track held, 1 Whitethroat, 5 very tatty Robins along with 3 Wheatear way down below the track whilst a Swift and several Swallows headed >SW through the col.

Ogden was heaving with public even at 1900 hrs, mainly undesirables, so a quick check of the water for Scoter and the skies for Osprey and that was it with just the usual sp.

Around 50 Swallows were on wires along Syke Lane which coincides with a good vis mig of them over the last 2 days with a steady flow throughout the day all >SW.
Hopefully this hot sticky weather will do the same as the Swallows and move off >SW so we can get back to normal.
BS

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ogden , pm visit.

                        1 Cormorant over very high and >E

With little spare time today it was down to an evening visit to Ogden which was a real mud bath after the recent heavy rain.
2 Cormorants were on the water along with an ad Gt Crested Grebe keeping across to the far NW corner.  A single moving Cormorant went overhead very high and >E.
Gulls were few with 4 LBBs, 38 BHGs and 2 Common gull with a steady flow of LBBs over heading >N probably to Oxenhope.
                                          Just 1 Willow Warbler in passerine alley otherwise quiet on the passerine  scene other than the usual Dunnocks, Wrens and Blackbirds.
A quick check on the golf course found at least 4 Wheatear around the green, part way up the Withins track obviously moving through.
Plenty Swallows but no Swifts for a few days now.
                                                      Many thanks to Mick Cunningham for his interest in the blog and dedication to birding when he  asked me to e mail him gull photos from yesterdays Oxenhope report as there was one gull he was interested in.
He returned 1 photo this evening with a gull marked as a possible Caspian and the reason why but unfortunately with lack of some details on the photo it was impossible to give a definite thumbs up.
Thanks for your efforts Mick.
BS

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Med gull at last, Oxenhope, members only.

                                     Gulls galore

               Well in excess of 1000 gulls

         Pick a Caspian out of those Mick.
  Cormorants on the shore
    and in the air, an unusual visitor to Oxenhope

Oxenhope  1445-1615 hrs Bright and breezy. WNW>5, light showers, good visibility

An amazing show of gulls this afternoon with well in excess of 1000 birds, 75% being LBBs, the others BHGs with only 9 Herring gulls but no Yellow Legs.
Surprisingly yesterdays Ruff was still present but keeping in the shelter of the spit in the SW corner.
The Ringed Plover and Dunlin were still by the back ponds, which are now well topped up after last nights rain, but no sign of the LRPs.
                                                            The gulls were very nervy today even though I never saw anything to spook them but every 15 minutes the whole shebang would lift up in the air making a breathtaking sight as they circled around to land back on the water before they returned to the shore.
It was after one of these time when the gulls were on the water that I picked out a 2nd year Mediterranean gull in amongst the Black Headeds with possibly a second bird but this was a juv so not certain on that one.
During a rain shower 5 Cormorants dropped onto the shoreline , an unusual bird for here, and after about 15 minutes preening 4 headed off >NE with the 5th bird gone but that must have moved in a different direction.

A text from MC, Hudds, whilst I was up there telling me he had Osprey and Marsh Harrier over as well as Common Scoter and Black Tailed Godwit on the local res. Nice one Mick.
Its all happening now.
BS

Leeshaw/Fly Flatts, and how it rained !

 The bird in the centre, not the flying one,
looked good for Whinchat but beyond
bins vision and too wet for scope so
took a couple of zoomed in shots and
lo and behold it is a Whinchat.

                5 Wheatear at distance , Fly Flatts.


Leeshaw 0730-0900 hrs.  Clear but windy start then torrential rain by 0845 hrs.

Just 2 birds on the water  as I arrived, one being the Yellow Legged Herring gull and the other a Cormorant which swallowed a massive Trout whole.
78 Canadas were in the field along with 2 Greylag whilst a few LBB gulls flew overhead.
Lots of passerines feeding on the weed and thistle tops, mainly Linnets, Goldfinch and Meadow Pipits but 1 bird stood out as being Whinchat looking but too far away on the banking to i.d. it through the bins. Took some shots on full zoom then went to the car to get the scope out but thats when the heavens opened so end of play. When I put the shots on the computer I was pleased to see my first Whinchat of the year.
A very wet drive over to Fly Flatts where the torrential rain never ceased but managed to check the water which was void of birds and picked up 5 Wheatears at distance on the wall tops.
Nice to meet BV at Leeshaw.
BS

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to wader watch, Oxenhope, members only

   Mega out of range Ruff, probable female/juv Reeve type



        All above, Canon 420mm SLR




       All above Canon Bridge 50x.
                          Eck, here comes the rain
   Sandwich time till the storm passes over

With a text this morning from KM reporting another Ruff and Ringed Plover at Oxenhope showing the wader movement was getting into full swing so it was a late afternoon visit up there.
Once again the weather was atrocious for humans but good for birds with heavy drizzle in amongst torrential rain showers blown in on a WSW>6.
I managed to scope from outside the hide today which is much easier and the building sheltered most of the wind although I had to keep abandoning the watch and rush all the gear inside whilst the heaviest of the showers passed over.
There were a lot fewer gulls at the start with around 500 plus but this doubled to near on 1000 by the time I left and they were still coming in thick and fast.
                                                         A fresh batch of waders had arrived overnight with KMs Ruff working the shoreline whilst 2 Little Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin were on the ponds. On the walk back along the banking a final scope of the north shoreline produced KMs Ringed Plover.
As MC said in a text, watch for Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper in these winds, we live in hopes. Its probably 20 years ago since Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were up there along with regular Greenshank and Green Sandpiper.
As usual with waders , the 3 Turnstones from yesterday had moved on.

c 300 LBB gull building to c600
c 200 BHG gull building to c400
14 Herring gulls inc 1 3rd summer and 1 adult Yellow Legged
2 juv Pied Wags
1ad Grey Wag
3 f Goosander
143 Lapwing
2 Little Ringed Plover
1 Ringed Plover
1 Ruff
1 Dunlin
+ usual sp.
BS