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No sightings of Roe Deer, Hare or Badger will be mentioned on this blog throughout the year due to the rising influx of poaching, long dogging and lamping by sick individuals.
BS

Visible Migration reports are now being recorded on Trektellen. See link in right hand column.


Monday, August 31, 2020

Queensbury vis mig

  •  Just over one hour this morning vis migging at the top of Blind Lane, Queensbury was reasonably quiet due to the bright clear skies. Most of the birds were coming down the air valley >S and >SW with a couple of species >W. 
  •                          A good morning for Buzzards with 4 in the air together but very distant spread over Thornton, Clayton, Baildon and Bradford, all being local birds. Several Swallows moving but no Swift for the last few days now.
  •                       Hopefully I get my wheels back tomorrow p.m. so should be back in action Wednesday to see what September brings to Fly Flatts.
  • MC has found a muck heap near to where he lives and has reported 21 Yellow Wagtails there in the last couple of days.
  • VISIBLE MIGRATION
  • 39 Swallow..........................>SW
  • 2 House Martin...................>SW
  • 22 Meadow Pipits...............>S
  • 11 Greylag geese................>W
  • 4 Alba Wagtail...................>W
  • 10 Linnet...........................>S
  • 9 Herring gull...................>SW
  • BS

Sunday, August 30, 2020

  •  A wander round Old Guy Road and Roper Lane this morning just produced 1 Wheatear and 4 Pied Wagtails on the cricket pitch whilst a group of 15 Herring gulls, both adults and juvs flew over high and very noisy >SW.
  • This afternoon saw the very distant Spitfire fly over Bradford Royal Infirmary at a great distance from Foxhill then disappeared towards Shelf heading for Halifax. A bit of a poor show for BRI as it shot straight over them as if a Messerschmitt was chasing it. 
  • I thought it would have come over Foxhill area but Spitfires must be like Ospreys and dont like flying over Queensbury.

  •    Poor do for the few that were stood holding their phones ready for a pic.


  • Almost September so I,ve put together some of the better species seen in previous Septembers

  •                                      Whinchat
                                    and family

                                   Wigeon
                                  Usually Peregrines around
                                    Pochard on Mixenden

                  Fly Flatts is always good for Yellow Legged Herring gull

                     First Pink Foooted Geese move in September

           Golden Plovers on the mud
                          Ravens are a common sight now
                                        Common Scoter on Fly Flatts


              Ruff on Fly Flatts north shore

                       Bar Headed goose, Fly Flatts
                                       Black Redstart, Fly Flatts
               A rare visitor to Fly Flatts, Bard Owl
                                                    Pere
                       Fly Flatts Wheatear with Newt
                                     Dodgy characters on the top road. DJS,  DP.
  • BS

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Looking for local gulls.

                                  Juv Robin, just got its red breast

                                            Juv Dunnock
                                   Common gull still in summer plumage

                   Common gull and Black Headed , BH now lost its summer hood
                      Common gull getting winter head streaking.

               Single LBB in moult, Pit Lane football pitch

  •  Car less today so out on foot with a walk to the north end of Queensbury to check the gull situating which was disappointing on big gulls with just a single Lesser Black Backed though plenty Commons and Black Headeds.
  • Pit Lane was the best bet with 38 Commons, 72 Black Headed and a single Lesser Black Backed
  • whilst several Linnets and Goldfinch were in the surrounding bushes.
  •                                                    A few more Commons on Low Lane in the horse fields whilst a distant Golden Plover was in the Lapwing breeding field.
  • Blind Lane just held Black Headeds, and a bit of sky watching over the Aire Valley provided 2 Buzzard plus a scattering of Swallows and Meadow Pipits heading >S.
  •                                 Raggalds Flood was ,as expected, almost dried up and doesnt hold water for more than a couple of days now since the farmer dug out the drain.
  •                            One boring day out of the way with 3 more to go then back to Fly Flatts on Wednesday. Walking Queensbury is alright but more time is spent dodging traffic and people than birding.
  • BS


Friday, August 28, 2020

Disaster on the birding scene for Bank Holiday.

  •  A none birding day today with the car back in for warranty work which was supposed to be done in the day until a phone call telling me it isn,t finished yet, pick it up Tuesday tea time because of Bank Holiday.
  • I,ve got a courtesy car but no dogs allowed in it plus its only 6 month old and immaculately clean so I dare,nt take it down the muddy track to Fly Flatts. Looks like its going to be a long weekend, like being back on lock down. 
  • It,ll just be a matter of searching some local areas for a few decent gulls.
  •                                                          Talking of gulls, like it or not, we are now into gull season and watching out for those white winged gulls which is a great challenge for the few local birders that are interested.
  • To fill a space in tonights blog I,ve put a few special gulls together mostly from earlier this year during the winter.  Watch those reservoirs for winter gulls, Kittiwakes and Terns.

  •                                     Common Gull
                                   ad Herring gull
                                 Iceland Gull  Redcar Tarn. Found by IH et al
                                     relocated by KM   1st winter

                            1st winter Caspian, Redcar Tarn, found by KM


                                       Iceland




                         Fly Flatts sub adult Yellow Legged Herring gull
                                    Caspian




                                 2nd winter Caspian, Redcar Tarn  Finder , KM
                                  2nd winter Caspian, LH bird
                                     Fly Flatts Yellow Legged Herring gull adult




  • all images, BS