Sunday, 23 April 2017

Bradshaw to Hebden Bridge Hike

10:10 .....

Update 21:35 I think the 2 Geese are Whooper Swans.

With a beautiful day in prospect and nasty cold stuff forecast from tomorrow 'till Thursday we decided to make the most of the day and walk from home to Hebden Bridge.

A long hike, and although I'd got the camera and bins around 'me neck, I found that stopping to bird watch, soon left me lagging behind, Sue and Stuart,  and then having to leg it to catch up!

We followed the usual route:

Bradshaw Farm Track, Cow Hill Gate Lane, Per Lane, Brocholes, Stod Fold, Hunter Hill (phew).

Across the road and past the bungalow here to drop down to past through the old yard of the Moorcock pub (as was 30 years ago?).

Across the moors near Wainstalls and down past the Hullet to Jerusalem Farm.
A right, up the road for the long uphill past Clough House and Fernley Lee Farm.
Along the moorland path, eventually looking over to Castle Carr estate on the other valley.

A left turn past shooting butts, another left across the moors eventaully reaching the watershed and some long awaited down hill.

Down hill now to arrive at the Hare and Hounds at Billy Lane.. Old Town.

Then follow the road down into Hebden Bridge.


Plenty of birdsong throughout the walk.
Birds of the day were Wheatear with perhaps as many as 6 seen in different areas.
Curlew, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Lapwing, Wheatear, Heron, Linnet.
2 Geese > W. I think they are Greylag Geese, but I am not sure.

Entering the realms of fantasy now ... Thinking Snow Goose!!

The Geese may by Swans ..... Still checking the photos!!

Pr. Sparrowhawk and a Raven (heard but not seen).

and lots of other sp.

A great day out.

To be on the 'safe side' I have not revealed the location of the raptors (Sparrowhawks I believe) and Corvid - Carrion Crow most prob. photo's seen at the end of this blog.

Bradshaw Fields

Falling behind already

Hunter (the Killer) Hill

On Hunter Hill

2nd on Hunter Hill

My meerkat impression - pretty good eh?

Above Jerry Farm

Chiffchaff enjoying a sunny Jerry Farm

Willow Warbler

The Pr. Geese - Greylag I believe??

Neck 'too light' for Egyptian Geese!!
Snow goose is now in my head - no hope for me.

Castle Carr Estate

All down hill now and still I'm behind

A pair of Sparrowhawk (I believe)  being mobbed by a Corvid - Carrion Crow most prob.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Ring Ouzel (at last) and Blackcap at Shibden Park

During the morning, at Shibden Park with Abigail and Emma, they took a train ride on the little green train and I took a short mosey about.

The usual birds on the water, Moorhen, Mallard, Mute Swan, Coot plus 2 Grey Wagtail flitting about.

A walk across the miniature railway line, proved successful, with a Blackcap singing it's heart out in the trees beyond - it remained well hidden alas.

15:10 - 17:35

The usual Saturday afternoon pilgrimage to Soil Hill.

I had a walk up to the Raggalds flood field, which is now in need of a top up.
On the way up just a Swallow and a Pied Wagtail seen.
Raggalds fields held just 1 Pied Wagtail.

Going up Percy Road a Wheatear was in a field, far off to my left, just opposite Small Tail Farm.

At the bend I went ahead, through the wall stile.

Looking towards the farm shop and Kelham, I picked out a second Wheatear on a field wall.

On the way to Soil Hill a Pheasant called and 2 Partridge flushed.
I didn't get much on them through the bins but they were probably Grey Partridge - didn't see 'em land alas. 

Pr. Canada Geese nesting near the large quarry pool.

Pied Wagtail on the quarry workings.

On Soil Hill two farmers with  diggers were in the lower north end fields , digging a land drain.

The usual stuff on the hill - Curlew, Lapwing, Woodpigeon, Meadow Pipit, 2 Stock Dove - at distance - possibly more, Lesser Black-backed Gull overhead.

A Meadow Pipit in a tree, left the tree and flew high - I was trying to take note of it's downward shape as it landed to see if it was a Tree Pipit - no wiser though after watching the bird land!!

Leaving via Ned Hill Track a would be Meadow Pipit morphed into a M. Reed Bunting as it landed in a bush - glad I kept the bins on it.

It left the tree, soon joined by a second bird, probably it's mate.

A very distant Linnet was in the lower tree line here.

A Pied Wagtail was in the field opposite the Threshing Machine.

Then a real, real bonus - M. Ring Ouzel seen feeding, one field up from the Midden on Taylor Lane - magic.

Shibden Park:

Raggalds - Soil Hill:-