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Monday, January 23, 2017

Exchange day. Lucky for me as Mixenden was buzzing.

             Bad light but a few Siskin shots



               Small gulls along the banking
                                                    Goldeneye
  Goldeneye are like buses, non then they all
                              come at once.


                                       1 male 5 female.

                         1 of 3 male Bullfinch


Exchange day today with DJS checking out Soil Hill whilst I checked out Mixenden. Poor Dave got the wrong end of the stick on a quiet hill whilst Mixenden was buzzing. Think we,ll stick to this arrangement Dave.!
A cracking morning up here in the gods with blue skies and wall to wall sunshine whilst most below us were suffering fog. That all changed at midday and by the time I arrived at Mixenden around 1430 hrs the skies were grey with light rain then heavy drizzle.
                                                                                  Despite the conditions Mixenden was buzzing with a start off of around 30 Siskin in the roadside Alders reported by DJS yesterday though very hard to pick out silhouetted against the dark skies and even worse to photograph.
The water held an amazing 1m and 5 f Goldeneye along with 7 Mallard.
                                                                   Nothing special gull wise with around 50 smalls on the banking and water but 5 Herrings over was pleasing.
In the west bank waterside trees Goldcrests were active along with 3 m Bullfinch and a couple more Siskin. All this , along with a Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail and Pied Wagtail made a pleasant hours birding.

5f 1m Goldeneye
7 Mallard
c50 Small gulls
5 Herring gull.....................>SW
1 Cormorant......................>W
1 Pied Wagtail
1 Grey Wagtail
3m Bullfinch
6 Goldcrest
c30 Siskin
1 Sparrowhawk
BS
Note..... Just received an e mail from blog watcher Will Griffin reporting 18 Waxwing in a Sycamore tree by Greenhead College , Greenhead Rd, Huddersfield at 1300 hrs yesterday.
Thanks for that Will.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Exchange day worked quite well then !!! Nice on Bri - esp with the Sisk's and Goldeneye.
I wonder what was up Swales - as that's where I set off for this morning but road closures and traffic headed me off in Soil Hill direction. I still enjoyed it - you just never know whether it's going to be 'Bingo' or bust. The joy of birding. Anyway it's always good to share our experiences.

Brian sumner said...

Usually a smelly wagon spill that shuts the road on Swales Dave. Worth watching mixy to see if the goldeneye build up or move on.